Searching Newspapers

Some research projects require searching newspapers, either current or historical. Trent subscribes to current newspapers in print, on microfilm, or online. Historical newspapers are usually on microfilm.

Finding articles within those newspapers, and gaining access to the articles, may require using more than one resource.

Access to Current Newspapers

While many newspapers offer limited online access through a website, only paying subscribers have access to all the articles online. Trent has purchased online access for the titles with links under "Online" in the following chart. Trent also subscribes to indexes that cover some newspapers and provide the full text of articles (listed as "Indexed" in the chart).

For any newspaper, check E-Journals A-Z for the title to see if we have online access.

 

Newspaper title Daily Microfilm Indexed Online
Popular Current Newspapers at Trent Library
Peterborough Examiner Yes
Current Periodicals

1858-recent

Some searching may be available online

Not subscribed online. Limited Free Access 1980-current

The Toronto Star Yes
Current Periodicals
1968- recent.

CBCA (index only)
  1982 - 1985

CBCA 1985 - yesterday

LexisNexis 1985 - current

CPI.Q Feb 1, 2008 - current

The Globe and Mail Yes
Current Periodicals
1936-1998

CBCA (index only)
Jan 1982 - current

The Globe and Mail (historical) (1844-2011)

LexisNexis 1977 - current

CPI.Q 1985 - current

The National Post Yes
Current Periodicals
1998-recent.

CPI.Q (index only)
Nov 1998 - current

CBCA (index only)
Oct 1998 - current

 
The New York Times No [1854-1913],
1914-recent.

Print index at
AI 21.N44 REF
1911, 1914-current

Academic Search Elite (index only - no full text)
1989 - current

LexisNexis 1980 - current

Academic OneFile
1985-current

The Times (London)
(Not current.)
No 1788-1920 and
1939-1999.

Print index at
AI 21.T46 REF
1785-1999

Archives Only
1785-1985

LexisNexis 1985 - current

Academic OneFile
1985-yesterday

Archives Only
1785-1985

Windspeaker Yes
Monthly, in Current Periodicals
1986-recent
(up to 2-yr delay)

CBCA
Full Text 1993 - current

CPI.Q
index 1988 - current
Full Text 1996 - current

Free Access
to some issues.

CBCA
Full Text 1993 - current

CPI.Q
Full Text 1996 - current

Academic OneFile
1996 -current

Legend

Daily

  • We receive a daily paper copy of this title.
  • The paper copy is kept in the Multimedia Room (Main Floor) until it is replaced by another format (microfilm or online).
  • If the title does not publish daily, the frequency is noted.

Microfilm

  • We receive this title on microfilm.  It's kept in the Multimedia Room (main floor), shelved by title. No call number is needed.
  • Microfilm must be loaded into a reader to be viewed and printed. Help is available in the Multimedia Room.
  • Some titles are received in print until the microfilm arrives, but some titles are only available on microfilm and therefore unavailable until the microfilm arrives. Note that "current" for microform can often be many months old, depending on how often we receive them.

Indexed

  • This title is indexed in the publications listed. Some of these are online databases, where we can limit our search to this particular publication. Some provide the actual articles online (listed as "full text"). Some are print indexes which can be found on the Reference shelves (main floor).

Online

  • Trent has purchased online access to this title through the provider listed. Click on the link for access. The full text of articles is available online.

Access to Historical Newspapers

The Trent Library also keeps many historical newspapers on microfilm. These can be found by searching TOPCAT for the title of a particular newspaper, or checking our list of newspapers on microfilm.

The Boston news-letter (Boston, Mass. : 1704-1776) is available on microfilm. This is of special interest to those studying Piracy.

Online:
London Times: The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985 Click for database description.
Globe and Mail: The Globe and Mail (1844-2009) Click for database description.
17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers (British) Click for database description.

World Newspaper Archive - Africa and South Asia (from Center for Research Libraries)

  • WNA-Africa contains more than 420,000 pages of content from newspapers published throughout sub-Saharan Africa: Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and other countries.
  • WNA-South Asia contains more than 500,000 pages of content from 10 newspapers published throughout the subcontinent.

Google News Archive

  • Includes content from a number of sources, including both partner content digitized by Google through the News Archives Partner Program and online archival materials. Search results can include content that is freely accessible as well as content that requires a fee. You can either browse through the full collection of scanned papers or search them.

Libris Canadiana

  • Offers historical indexing to select Canadian newspapers and journals, including the Finanacial Post (1907-1948) and Monetary Times (1867-1929).

The Trent University Archives also maintains a list of historical newspapers available in the Archives.

Access to International Newspapers

List of Newspapers

  • A free website providing links to more than 25,000 newspapers in 201 countries and territories.

World Newspaper Archive - Africa and South Asia (historical)

  • WNA-Africa contains more than 420,000 full text pages of content from newspapers published throughout sub-Saharan Africa: Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and other countries.
  • WNA-South Asia contains more than 500,000 full text pages of content from 10 newspapers published throughout the subcontinent.

Trent Library is a member of The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) Click for database description.. Resources can be borrowed through Trent's Interlibrary Loans department (RACER). The Center’s resources include:

  • 6,500 international newspapers, many dating to the 1700s--the largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America
  • 4,500 U.S. newspapers, many dating to the colonial era, including 2,000 ethnic titles.
  • Search the CRL catalogue to find titles you need, then order them through RACER.

Finding the Articles Using Indexes

Access to a newspaper isn't much help if you don't know which dates/pages have the articles you need. To find out what articles were published in these newspapers, use an index. An index allows you to look up your topic or author and find citations to articles. If a newspaper is available online, it is usually searchable, so it acts as both an index and full text.

Canadian Newspaper Indexes

Various Canadian newspapers are included in these indexes:

Older Canadian newspapers can be searched using the Canadian Periodical Index, a print (hard-copy) resource in the Reference Collection. This index goes back to the 1920s. There is some sporadic coverage of Canadian newspapers in some indexes in the Reference collection at AI 3 .C324.

American Newspaper Indexes

Some American and international newspapers are included in these general indexes:

Other Options

The Peterborough Public Library provides access to other Canadian and international newspapers that Trent does not carry. Peterborough residents may obtain a library card by applying in person with proof of residency. Access to online resources is available from home once you have a card.

Most newspapers have websites which provide limited access to the content - search for them on the web.

Google has a news site at: google.news.ca.

List of Newspapers is a free website providing links to more than 25,000 newspapers in 201 countries and territories.