Why can’t I find an article when a famous historical event occurred?
Compared to today, news coverage took time to appear in print. Verify the date of the event in another source, and try a broader range of dates after that date.
Why can’t I find articles about famous people like Abe Lincoln?
Try name variations. Someone like the president might be referred to as President Lincoln, Mr. Lincoln, Mister Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln.
Why would my search have zero results?
Remember that you are searching in historical material. The language used may be different from what we would use today. Consider including alternative spellings in your search statements, such as honor and honour. See the Help link for search tips and strategies with language.