Wilson Retrospective Subject Indexes

Compiled and edited by index bibliographers and subject experts, these retrospective databases deliver relevant, reliable results in specific areas of study to enhance student research.

Applied Science & Business Periodicals Retrospective: 1913-1983

Applied Science & Business Periodicals Retrospective is an archive of citations covering the history of business and industry between 1913 and 1983. It contains millions of records offering a rich account of technological advances, business strategies, company profiles, iconic executives and scientists and more.

Applied Science & Technology Index Retrospective: 1913-1983

Containing millions of citations, Applied Science & Technology Index Retrospective is an archive index covering important historical scientific studies and discoveries between 1913 and 1983. Indexing and citations include book reviews and the complete files of Industrial Arts Index (1913-1957). 

Art Index Retrospective: 1929-1984

Art Index Retrospective is an archive index chronicling over a half a century of art literature. Covering fine, decorative and commercial art, it indexes hundreds of publications, plus thousands of book reviews, interviews, anthologies and more. 

Biography Index Retrospective: 1946-1983

Containing thousands of citations, Biography Index Retrospective is an archive index covering notable individuals from antiquity through 1983. Indexing and citations include book reviews, interviews, obituaries, diaries and memoirs. 

Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1903-1982

Collecting nearly eight decades of H.W. Wilson’s Book Review Digest, this archive database provides over a million book review citations from 1903 to 1982. It covers adult and juvenile fiction and nonfiction and provides at least one review excerpt per book. 

Business Periodicals Index Retrospective: 1913-1982

A valuable resource for business history research, Business Periodicals Index Retrospective: 1913-1982 is an archive index covering nearly 70 years of business scholarship. Indexing and citations include scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines and the complete files of Industrial Arts Index (1913-1957).

Education Index Retrospective: 1929-1983

Education Index Retrospective: 1929 -1983 is an archive index chronicling over a half a century of important education literature. Covering all levels of education and education specialties, it indexes hundreds of publications, many of them peer-reviewed. 

Essay & General Literature Index Retrospective: 1900-1984

Essay and General Literature Index Retrospective: 1900-1984 is an archive of indexed essays and miscellaneous works published in the United States, Great Britain and Canada between 1900 and 1984. It indexes essays from anthologies and collections covering a wide range of humanities and social sciences disciplines.

Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1984

Containing over a million citations, Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1984 is an archive index covering important humanities and social sciences journals published from 1907 to 1984. High-quality indexing includes articles and book reviews.

Humanities Index Retrospective: 1907-1984

Humanities Index Retrospective: 1907-1984 is an archive index covering hundreds of important humanities journals published between 1907 and 1984. High-quality indexing includes articles and book reviews.

Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective: 1908-1981

Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective: 1908-1981 is an archive index covering legal periodicals published in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand between 1908 and 1981. Topics include criminal law, federal law, international law, medical law and more.

Library Literature & Information Science Retrospective: 1905-1983

Library Literature & Information Science Retrospective: 1905-1983 is an archive index chronicling nearly 80 years of library scholarship. It includes thousands of citations that cover the innovations, controversies and people instrumental in the making of modern librarianship.

Readers’ Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982

Readers’ Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 is a digital archive of the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature, the ultimate index of subjects in the popular press. Hailed by Library Journal as one of the "50 Best Reference Sources for the Millennium," it offers all information from 44 Readers’ Guide annuals.

Short Story Index Retrospective: 1915-1983

Short Story Index Retrospective: 1915-1983 is an archive database that includes the acclaimed Short Story Index from 1915 to 1983. It indexes tens of thousands of short stories across all literary genres. Subject indexing includes topics, themes, locales, genre and people.

Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1983

Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1983 is an archive index covering important journals in the humanities and social sciences. It includes over a million indexed articles related to social sciences, including book reviews. 

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