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Introduction to Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines

This introduction to Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines answers the following questions:

What is Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines?

Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines is a web site that provides electronic access to HarpWeek's collection of 40+ original 19th century newspapers and magazines (hereafter referred to as the HarpWeek Periodical Collection). The Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines website makes it possible for you to discover the lively news stories, illustrations, cartoons, editorials, biographies, literature and even advertisements that shaped and reflected public opinion in this era. The website allows you to browse through the periodicals page by page or to locate specific articles based on search terms and phrases you specify.

What can you do with Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines?

With Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines, you can:

Browse the Page Images of Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines

Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines features clear, easy-to-read, electronic presentation of every page of every issue within the collection. This presentation:

Browse Issues of Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines by a Table of Contents of Included Figures and Articles

Along with an electronic presentation of every page of the collection, Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines features an extensive Table of Contents for every issue within the collection. This Table of Contents gives you access to articles and illustrations included in each journal.

Search Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines for Text or Phrases within Individual Articles

The text-search feature of Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines provides several powerful options to help you create effective queries. These options include:

How can you get started using Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines?

A navigational menu appears at the top of each Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines web page. Regardless of where you are on the Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines web site, you can choose any menu option with just one click. The navigational menu contains two service links:

Search

Click this link to access Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazine’s search options to search for words or phrases:

For more help, click here.

Browse Issue

Use this link to access browse options to view a specific issue in Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines :

For more help, click here.

Searching

From the main search page, you have two search options, Standard Search and Proximity Search.

Full Article Text – Standard Search & Proximity Search

Introduction

Using the Full Article Text feature, you can search Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazine's full-text database – an accurately typed facsimile of all the text found within the pages of the collection – for any word or phrase. When you perform a successful search, you will receive a list of articles matching your search criteria to view. When you choose an article to view, any associated text will be displayed with matching words and phrases highlighted within the text.

Highlights of the searching methods available include the following:

Differences Between Standard Search and Proximity Search

Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazine's’s Standard Search and Proximity Search features are very similar in appearance and functionality. Using Standard Search, you can search for words or phrases within the pages of the collection. Using Proximity Search, you can search articles for words or phrases that appear near each other.

Performing a Standard or Proximity Search

  1. From the top of the main search page, choose Standard Search or Proximity Search. If you would like to limit your search to specific periodicals, click the checkbox next to that/those periodical(s). Click the Continue button.
  2. For a Standard Search, enter your word or phrase in the Search String box. For a Proximity Search, enter the first word or phrase in the Search Term 1 box. Repeat for the second word/phrase in the Search Term 2 box.
    1. For more detailed information, see Notes About Text Searches in Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines, below.
  3. (Optional) Specify additional search criteria:
    1. Sort order (primary and secondary): Allows you to specify the order in which the search results list will be displayed.
    2. Features: Allows you to limit search results to one of 16 Feature types. See the list above for available Features.
    3. From/To date: Limit the resulting list by publication date.
  4. Click the Search button.

Viewing Search Results

After conducting a successful search, a new page will display the articles that match your search term(s). (If there are multiple pages of search results, you can use the navigation links at the top & bottom of the page to move among result pages.) To view search results,

  1. Click the hyperlinked title of the desired article or figure.
  2. On the results page, you will see the text of that article or figure at the top of the page. (Note: some articles or figures have little or no associated text.) On the left side of the page you will see one or more thumbnail-sized page images. Each of these images represents an issue page on which the article or figure was printed. You can click on the thumbnail image to view a full-size version of the page. (Note: When you click on the thumbnail image to view a full-size page, you will be changing from the Table of Contents view to Images view. For help with Images view, see the Viewing Articles & Images section below.)

Notes About Text Searches in Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines

When you perform a text search in Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines, you have several options:

Notes

Excluded Search Terms

When performing a search, the following words, letters, and numbers are ignored:

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Browsing Issues

The “Browse” link appears in the navigation bar at the top of each page. Selecting this link opens a new page that begins the browse process. Browsing issues is a four-step process.

Step 1: Selecting a Periodical

This page lists all periodicals in the Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines collection, divided into categories for convenient browsing. To select a periodical for browsing, simply click its title. After choosing a periodical, a new page will be displayed.

Step 2: Selecting a Volume

After selecting a periodical, the next step is to select a volume for viewing. Underneath the publication title, you will see a list of all publication volumes that are accessible to you. (Note that some publications may only have one volume associated with them.) You may choose to view issues in any of these volumes. The application selects the first year for which you are authorized as your default volume.

Step 3: Selecting a View Option

Once you’ve accepted or selected a volume, you can next select a view option based on your preference:

Step 4: Select an Issue to Browse

After selecting a View Option, the final step is to select the specific issue to view. The bottom section (labeled “SELECT AN ISSUE) lists all the issues available in the selected volume. Once you click on an issue, a new page will display the selected issue based on your View Option. To select a new volume, just click the Browse link from any page and start again!

Viewing Articles & Issues

As mentioned in Step 3 (above), there are three options for viewing an issue: Table of Contents, LightBox and Images. Each option provides a unique way of viewing the contents of the collection.

Images

When you choose the Images option, you will be presented with a full-size version of the first page of the selected issue. From this page, you have several options:

  1. Click the Next Page link to view the full-size page image of the next page in the issue.
  2. Use the “Issue Date” pop-up menu to view full-size page images of another issue in the same volume.
  3. Use the “View” pop-up menu to change your view from Images to either Table of Contents or LightBox.
  4. Use the “Image Size” pop-up menu to change the image size of the page image. Choosing a larger image size can make it much easier to view the contents of a page.

LightBox

When you choose the LightBox option, you will be presented with thumbnail-size images for each page of the chosen issue. From this web page, you have several options:

  1. Click the thumbnail of any image to see an image version of that page.
  2. Use the “Issue Date” pop-up menu to view the LightBox of another issue in the same volume.
  3. Use the “View” pop-up menu to change your view from LightBox to either Table of Contents or Images.
  4. Use the Previous Issue and Next Issue links to view the LightBox of the immediately surrounding issues.

How to view a full-size page image using the LightBox:

  1. Click on the thumbnail image of the desired page. Note: When you click on the thumbnail image, you will be changing from the LightBox view to Images view. For help with Images view, see the Images section.

Table of Contents

When you choose the Table of Contents option, you will be presented with a list of all articles and figures that appears in the chosen issue. From this page, you have several options:

  1. Click on the hyperlinked title of an article or figure to view its text contents and thumbnail image(s) of the page(s) on which the article or figure appear.
  2. Use the “Issue Date” pop-up menu to view the Table of Contents of another issue in the same volume.
  3. Use the “View” pop-up menu to change your view from Table of Contents to either LightBox or Images.
  4. Use the Previous Issue and Next Issue links to view the Table of Contents for the immediately surrounding issues.

How to view an article using the Table of Contents:

  1. Click the hyperlinked title of the desired article or figure.
  2. On the next page, you will see the text of that article or figure at the top of the page. (Note: some articles or figures have little or no associated text.) On the left side of the page you will see one or more thumbnail-sized page images. Each of these images represents an issue page on which the article or figure was printed. You can click on the thumbnail image to view a full-size version of the page. (Note: When you click on the thumbnail image to view a full-size page, you will be changing from the Table of Contents view to Images view. For help with Images view, see the Images section above.)

Saving and printing

Page images may be saved to disk in most cases by using your browser's save function. (Windows users: Click on the page image with the RIGHT mouse button, then use "Save Picture as" or "Save Image as".)

Printing page images from the collection can best be accomplished by using the Browse function to view the volume, issue(s) and page(s) of interest. Alternately, you can download the page and then open the page in an image-manipulation program such as Photoshop, Photo-Paint, Imaging, etc. Note: page image files can be quite large.

For best results, do NOT use the print button on your browser – it will not print the entire width of the page.

The text pages delivered to your browser as a result of a search of the full-text database can be easily printed by your browser. In addition to printing the text, you can also "cut and paste" text into your favorite word processor for later use.

Browser Requirements

This product is tested in the current and previous version of the following browsers and plugins:

Windows: Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome

Mac OS X: Safari, Firefox and Google Chrome

Note: Adobe does not offer the plugin required to view .PDF files in a web browser for Firefox. Adobe Reader plugin is only available for Safari. However, users will be able to download .PDF files to their computer using Firefox. For best performance, Adobe Reader 10 is recommended in order to view PDFs. Audio and video resources are accessible with Adobe Flash Player 9 or higher.

Copyright Information

The searchable full-text database is copyrighted by HarpWeek, LLC. In addition, please note that attribution (Harper's Weekly text provided courtesy of HarpWeek, LLC) is expected for all text that is transferred from the full-text database.


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