When using an online search engine, we recommend that you:
There are many specialized websites that exist specifically for researching quotations. Keep in mind, however, that many of these websites do not cite an original source. These online sources can be used as a starting point to find a quotation, but you should still find and verify the original source.
Narrow the focus of your quotation search by "scoping," or limiting the sources you are searching to a particular type or format.
Print materials not only may include the quotation you are researching, but these materials also often include citation information that may be helpful. Several sources allow you to search the full text of books online:
Search full-text historical newspapers to find early or original uses of a phrase.
Local libraries, historical societies, and archives also may provide access to local digitized newspapers. As examples, see:
Search online archives and digitized personal papers associated with prominent figures, such as:
Search the full text or listen to audio files of famous speeches to find quotations from the original source. Keep in mind, of course, that the person giving the speech may have borrowed language from another source.