SuperSearch can be a helpful starting place for finding some primary sources in our collections and beyond (but see the important caveat below). Since you're looking for historical evidence of the public reception and cultural influence of cybernetics, popular newspaper and magazine articles will be particularly useful. You can use the Source Types limiter under Refine Results to limit to newspapers and magazines and the Publication Date limiter to find mentions of your keywords during a particular time period.
Caveat: Many sources from our historical news databases and primary source collections do not come up in SuperSearch results, so be sure to explore the other resources and strategies on this guide for more options.
The Wellesley Library has many databases that contain older magazine and newspaper content. Some databases are focused on magazines or newspapers exclusively and easy to identify, but some general and subject-specific databases also contain magazine and newspaper content in addition to scholarly articles and books.
Below are just a few suggested starting places.
Tips for searching Reader's Guide Retrospective (and other indexes):
Important Note: Using the Advanced Search link (at the top right) in OpinionArchives will give you more control over your search. Specifying a date range is currently causing searches to return no results for some publications, even though those results exist. Instead, use the Advanced Search and change "Sort by" to "oldest" to see the oldest results first.
Tip: Change the Select a Field option to TX All Text to search for your keywords in the full text of articles. (The default setting searches only information about each article, such as the article title, abstract, and subject terms.)
To find out if the library has a particular newspaper or magazine online:
If the library doesn't have the publication or the years you want online, or if you want to examine the original print version, see other options below.
To check whether we have issues in print or on microfilm (What is microfilm?):
Another option is to search the Web for the publication to see if there is an available archive of older issues. Even if you can't access the full text, you may be able to identify articles of interest that you can request through Interlibrary Loan.
Wikipedia can sometimes be helpful for identifying archives of back issues. For example, the Wikipedia article for Ebony points to an archive of issues going back to 1959 on Google Books. Other useful resources for finding online newspaper and magazine archives (including international) are