Authoritative online archives and databases are helpful resources to search for quotations. Search the full text of original documents such as books, speeches, and personal papers thorough online digital collections as well as subscription databases that are available through the Library of Congress and/or your local public or university library. To explore specific resources, see:
The Internet can be a great tool for researching quotations, but it can be difficult to verify quotations on the open Web. Misquotes spread easily and quickly through social media, and websites are replete with quotations with incorrect attribution and/or no citations. Using search engines such as Google also may return irrelevant results. With these obstacles in mind, how can we find and verify quotations using free online sources? Search methods matter, and this section of the guide will present the best practices for searching on the web.
Newspapers, periodicals, and books are the most common sources of quotations. Subscription databases that provide full-text access to these publications consequently are important tools for the quotation researcher. The Library of Congress provides on-site access to the following list of selected full-text newspaper, periodical, and book databases. These and other subscription databases may be available at public and academic libraries. Check with your local library to determine which databases are available to you.