How to find current and historical newspapers at the Libraries and beyond.

About This Page

The sources on this page provide information about  historical editions of U.S. and international newspapers valuable for research. Available papers range from the 18th to the 21st century.

Historical Newspapers - Research Strategies

There are two different strategies for working with historical newspapers:

Locating articles on specific topics

For this technique you will need:

  • a digital version of a paper
    see these lists of historical newspapers available to campus or freely available to all
  • an index to a specific paper
  • the patience to browse through a paper in a specific time period.

Locating entire papers from specific places or time periods

For this technique you will need:

  • to search the library catalog for a place and keyword "newspaper" together
    example: chicago newspapers
  • to consult directories or catalogs of papers. 
    Once you identify papers of interest, you can look them up under journal title in the library catalog or request them on Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad),  You can then browse them for local news and events.


Historical Newspapers Online - UofA Only

The following resources are listed in roughly chronological order, from oldest to most recent.

Historical Newspapers Online - Free to All

Historical Newspapers in Microform

Many newspapers of historical and research value are kept in microform on Level 2 of Mullins Library in the Periodicals Reading Room. Note that there are gaps in the coverage of some newspapers. Individual papers and their coverage on microform can be looked up in the library catalog.

Some noteworthy collections of newspapers include: