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News as primary sources
You can use archival newspaper articles as primary sources to examine perceptions and reactions to important historical events of the last few centuries. Below you will find a collection of notable databases
US Historical News Sources
African American Newspapers, Series 1, 1827-1998Online access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. This unique collection features papers from more than 35 states—including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles.
Early American NewspapersOffers more than 700 historical American newspapers from 23 states and the District of Columbia printed between 1690 and 1876. Focusing largely on the 18th century, Series 1 is based on Clarence S. Brigham's "History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820" and other authoritative bibliographies.
ProQuest Historical NewspapersComplete historical coverage of The Atlanta Constitution, The Baltimore Sun, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Click the "more" link below for direct links.
Caribbean Newspapers, 1718-1876More than 140 newspapers from 22 islands, including Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Guadaloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nevis, Puerto Rico, St. Bartholomew, St. Christopher, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Tobago, Trinidad, and the Virgin Islands.
Gale Primary Source NewspapersProvides cross-searching capabilities for several Gale digital collections, including 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers, 19th Century British Library Newspapers, 19th Century UK Periodicals, Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003, Times Digital Archive 1785-1985, Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive 1902-2006, Picture Post Historical Archive 1938-1957.
Kikuzo IIKikuzo II Visual for Libraries is a news retrieval service from the publisher of Japan’s second largest circulation newspaper, Asahi shinbun 朝日新聞. Coverage includes over 8,000,000 full-text articles as of January, 2009 from 1945 to the present. Currently viewable are full-text articles from 1985 to the present, clipped images from 2005 to the present, and entire page images from 1945 to 1989. It is searchable by keyword in the full-text module from 1985 to the present and in the page image from 1945 to 1984. The page image between 1985 and 1989 is searchable only by date. Eight (8) simultaneous accesses are shared among the consortium of currently ten (10) participating institutions.
Nineteenth Century British Library NewspapersThe 19th Century British Newspapers collection contains full runs of 48 newspapers specially selected by the British Library to best represent nineteenth century Britain. This new collection includes national and regional newspapers, as well as those from both established country or university towns and the new industrial powerhouses of the manufacturing Midlands, as well as Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Special attention was paid to include newspapers that helped lead particular political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism, and Home Rule. The penny papers aimed at the working and clerical classes are also present in the collection.
Online Databases of Russian/NIS PublicationsConsists of several databases:Pravda Digital Archive (complete archive); Izvestiia Digital Archive (complete from 1917); Current Digest of the [Soviet and] Post-Soviet Press (complete archive); CIS & Baltic Periodicals; Russian Central Newspapers; Social Sciences & Humanities [periodicals]; individual titles (Far Eastern Affairs, International Affairs, Social Sciences, Voprosy Literatury); 2010 Presidential Election in Belarus, and Russian/NIS Newswires. The sources are in Russian and in English.