Finding Historical Newspapers and Coverage of Historical Events

December 11, 2007 at 10:11 pm Leave a comment

Databases like LexisNexis don’t provide historical coverage of newspapers. Coverage rarely extends beyond the 1980s. So, if you’re looking for older, searchable newspapers you’ll need to use a different resource. Enter the Historical newspapers from Proquest.

These databases provide cover-to-cover indexing of the newspapers and include PDFs of the newspapers, so it is as though you were looking at the newspaper itself.

Titles Available:

Search tips:

  • Search all of the titles simultaneously. (To do this, once you click on the title, scroll to the bottom of the Proquest menu and checkmark your titles.)
  • Use Advanced Search
  • Enter your keywords and select “Citation and Abstract” from the pulldown menu; this will help to ensure relevancy.
  • Enter a date range to further limit your results.

Looking at your results

  • The Page map feature allows you to look entire newspaper page containing the article.

London Times Digital Archive (1785-1985)
Readers Guide Retrospective.
Use Readers Guide to see what the popular news magazines were covering?

Reader’s Guide Retrospective indexes articles from the popular literature (magazines include Time, US News and World Report, etc.) and covers the years 1890-1982.

Search tips:

  • Search using basic keywords. Don’t make your searches too complex.
    If you look at the record of an item, you’ll see that it has very limited info to search on. Many records do not include abstracts, so that limits its ability to search even more.
  • Click on the NYU Link to find the item.
    Once you find an item that looks relevant, you’ll need to click on the NYU link to see if we have the item in full-text (not likely for older materials). If full-text is not available, click on the NYU in hard copy or microform.

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