Answered By: Reference Staff
Last Updated: Jun 28, 2017     Views: 58

Unfortunately, many databases do not offer a good way to search for articles about a time period.

 Using something like 1865 - 1920 doesn't work because the database only looks for articles that have the number 1865 and the number 1920 in them.  

The database can't interpret that these are dates or that it should also retrieve articles with 1866, 1867, 1868, and so on.

To get around this, try searching the name of an era such as Victorian or Industrial Revolution.

If there isn't a name for the era, you can try using the name of a century.  For best results, enter the name of the century as 20th or twentieth century. 

(Adapted from Ashford University Library)

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