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Stead's Index to Periodical Literature

W.T. Stead’s indexes of periodical literature, produced annually from 1891-1903, are key sources for the study of serial publishing of the period.

Co-edited and compiled by Elizabeth Hetherington, the volumes offer article-level indexing and represent a valuable complement to Poole’s Index. Whereas Poole’s was retrospective, Stead’s indexes are contemporary, with each annual volume covering the previous year and emphasising news and current affairs. Stead’s volumes encompass hundreds of titles that do not feature in Poole’s.

As well as shedding light on the contents of more than 300 serials, the indexes provide data, analysis and commentary pertaining to the state of the periodical press in the year of each volume, via their extensive front and back matter.

The electronic edition of Stead’s Index to Periodicals in C19 Index brings unprecedented accessibility to this material, with the 250,000+ article citations searchable by keyword, article title, subject entry, author, periodical title and date of publication. The entries may also be easily browsed by subject term. As part of C19 Index, the citations in Stead’s Index are cross-searchable with over 24 million entries in other nineteenth-century sources; institutions with access to ProQuest’s British Periodicals and/or American Periodicals Series can also link from the citations in Stead’s Index to the article full text in these resources where available.


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