Are there any bad databases that I shouldn't use for English 1900 research?
No, there are no bad library databases that you shouldn't use for your English 1900 research. However, library databases do vary in the following ways. You just need to choose a database that is most appropriate for your research needs, keeping the following database characteristics in mind.
1. Subjects Covered - Some databases are very general and multidisciplinary and some are very subject specific (narrowly focused on one subject area).
2. Type of Publications Included - Databases include different kinds of content (eBooks, articles, book chapters, dissertations, book reviews, books, primary sources, etc.). With regard to article content, some databases might include only scholarly journal articles, while others might also include popular magazine and newspaper articles.
3. Publication Dates Covered
4. Level of Article Content Included - Some databases include every article in full-text, others have some articles in full-text, and others include only information about the articles (indexes).
The following databases are a good place to start your research.
SLUth Search Plus (for journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, books, ebooks, etc.)
LexisNexis Academic (for newspaper articles)