The MU Libraries collections include many 19th century periodicals in print format. We list here some of the major examples. If you need to request volumes from the Depository, click on the title below to open the MERLIN catalog record, then click on "Request" at the top of the screen and follow the directions.
Most of these have also been digitized and are searchable in full text as part of the Hathi Trust Digital Library. To search within a specific journal, use the Advanced Catalog Search to locate the specific journal record, then view the catalog record to see the individual years. Click on a year to open the full text and search within that volume. Note that different catalog records come from different libraries and may contain different years. A volume that is not available in one place, may well be in another.
English Literary Periodicals 1681-1941 is a set of microfilm that includes many journals of interest. These are shelved alphabetically by the title of the journal or magazine in the microforms area of Special Collections. The guide Accessing English Literary Periodicals (Special Collections Reference PN5124.P4 A25 1981) includes a subject index, listing journals by broad subject category. Those focusing on 19th century fiction include:
These sources list additional periodicals.
C19 is the most comprehensive index of 19th Century serials.
Use the advanced search to search within a specific periodical.
If you don't have a specific author or title in mind, but want to browse fiction within the serials, use the British Periodicals section within C19 and limit to content type "fiction/narrative".
C19 does not have full text of British periodicals, but the FindIt@MU links will appear next to each article and link you to online or print copies. If we have neither, it'll link you to ILL@MU. We should be able to get copies of things we don't have via interlibrary loan.
Some works originally published in serials may appear in anthologies or collected works. To find a short work published within a larger one, try searching in Google Books, the Hathi Trust Digital Library, or use the Short Story Index to locate stories within anthologies.
The following bibliographies indicate additional sources:
See Lionel Madden and Diana Dixon, "Histories and Studies of Individual Periodicals," and Joel H. Wiener, "Circulaton and the Stamp Tax" in Victorian Periodicals: A Guide to Research (Reference PN 5124 .P4 V5) for excellent directions on researching publishing history.
Use these resources for quick background information on specific serials:
The following works are helpful in exploring the world of Victorian publishing and reading habits:
These 19th Century sources give insight into the marketing and distribution of reading material:
These sources help locate archival records for periodicals, publishers and authors.