Primary sources will provide you with the raw material to analyse and interpret the topic you are researching.

We subscribe to many newspapers, from the United States, the UK, and elsewhere. They are available in a variety of formats, including print and online. Visit the news resources pages for full information and access to online holdings.

American newspapers – historic

  • Gale Primary Sources – search across 18 primary source databases from Gale with a single search box, including historical, newspaper and periodical archives.
  • American Periodicals (from ProQuest): database of periodicals published between 1740 and 1940, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children’s and women’s magazines and many other historically-significant periodicals
  • 19th Century U.S. Newspapers (from Gale): primary source newspaper content from the 19th century featuring full-text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the U.S., covering topics like the American Civil War, African-American culture and history, Western migration and Antebellum-era.
  • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: excellent free website maintained by the Library of Congress. Search hundreds of full text newspapers from 1860-1922. Site also has information about American newspapers from 1690 onwards.
  • Los Angeles Times (from ProQuest): full text and PDFs of this newspaper from 1881-1992.
  • The New York Times (1851-2009) with Index (1851-1993)(from ProQuest Historical Newspapers): access to over 150 years of American news, world news, and personal stories from the newspaper known for providing “all the news that’s fit to print”.

American newspapers – current