I have used Google for many years, to search for phrases such as "party to the scene", but I have never used any other computerized databases.
You could include
in the search terms. Project Gutenberg is a repository for old texts that are not copyright. They have several formats to suit the readers' requirements, but they are all released in plain text and html, which makes them searchable.
For your example
"project gutenberg" "party to the scene"
brings up The Pagan's Cup by Fergus Hume (1902), wherein a text search finds
it was not necessary to hire vehicles to convey the party to the scene of revelry
and other hits. It also has its own search bar.