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Dokumentenart; Documenttype; dokumentti tyyppi; Tipo de Documento.

Usage Notes

In the nineteenth century, the word “article“ was commonly used to describe each individual piece of writing in a newspaper. As well as articles there might be poetry, fiction, advertisements, illustrations, announcements, errata, letters and obituaries; in periodical and historical research, some of these other categories are also occasionally referred to interchangeably as articles. “Item” and “piece” are also used as synonyms, the former being more popular in mid-twentieth century research than today. Modern readers should be mindful of selective preservation that has sometimes meant that advertisements and other supplementary matter are missing from issues, having been ripped out or removed. In the context of Library and Information Sciences, a document is simply a record that contains information content. It could include books, manuscripts, articles, audio-visual material, computer files and databases. See article category for further subdivisions.


“Under her usual byline, Greville’s article for The Graphic describing this event competed with more substantial articles in London’s Morning Post, Times, and Daily News; her article nonetheless reveals her importance as a writer, at least in terms of what she called fashionable Society (Gentlewoman 108).” [Cogdill, 184-85]

“The article’s tone, especially in its opening passages, is not unlike that of many early-to-mid-century newspaper articles that detail accidental deaths, for its text lingers not only on the deep sadness of the event (its melancholic, lamentable, mournful, grief-filled, and awful qualities) but also on its potential to teach readers a lesson.” [Fieldberg, 14]

“In December 1881, roughly thirty years after the foundation of the Hospital for Sick Children in Great Ormond Street, the Daily Telegraph published a lengthy article about the institution.” [Boehm, 154]

“The attack on Cartwright’s mill at Rawfolds, which took place on the night of April 11, 1812, is described at length in the Mercury of the following Saturday; almost all the article is quoted by Wroot, and need not be repeated here.” [Rosengarten, 594]

“Consider the following newspaper items dating from the eight years between the summer of 1853 and the summer of 1861.” [Branch, 576]

“Though these items are probably the source of the references in the novel…” [Rosengarten, 593]

“In March 1819, the Alexandria Herald published the following anonymous piece…“ [Gelmi, 151]

“Between 1851 and 1861 he contributed several dozen pieces of varying kinds to newspapers.” [Branch, 583]

“‘A lady who has much time on her hands’ would read and re-read the morning paper throughout the day, according to an article in The Journalist and Newspaper Proprietor of 1900.” [Hobbs 2018, 55]

“It so fortuned that I was as innocent of writing the article in question as I am of having murdered Eliza Grimwood, set the Thames on fire, or eaten the puppy pie under Marlow Bridge.” [Sala 1895, 1.360-61]