Newspapers: Newspaper Research

Guide to current and historical national and international newspapers in print, online, and microform collections at Western Libraries.

Newspaper Research

North American & British Press - Overview Resources for Newspaper History & Media Coverage

The resources in the following sections provide an overview of the North American & British Press (as it relates to North America). Some resources are general in approach, others have a particular focus, i.e. cover a specific time period or particular group. Some index specific newspapers, others identify general dates particular events were discussed in the press, and provide comparative analysis of content & coverage of several newspapers.

Books on Newspaper History

Click on the linked titles for call number, location and availability of these books.

Searching the Library Catalog

Another suggested method of locating newspaper titles by topic is to search the library catalog under the following subjects:

  • Newspapers -- Washington State [geographical location] For example:  Newspapers - Washington State -- Whatcom County
  • Socialism -- Newspapers
  • Feminism -- Periodicals
  • Slavery -- United States -- Periodicals
  • Women's rights -- Periodicals

Requesting Newspapers from Other Libraries

How to Get Articles from Newspapers We Do Not Have
(Requesting through Interlibrary Loan - ILL)

ILL can retrieve copies of newspapers on microfilm for users. Often researchers need a broader overview of an ongoing story or event - -you may have to request a broader date range. When that is the case, specific information (author, specific date, article title) is not required for ILL.

What is required?

  • the title of the paper, publication location (if possible) 
  • range of dates needed

Submit using the ILLiad Book request form.

The information should be presented like this:
Chicago Daily News (May 1 – June 17, 1963).

Any further information the user wishes to supply should be put in the Notes field of the request form.

Interlibrary Loan Login


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