Introduction and Major US Full Text Sources
This guide is currently being revised
This guide is intended to help Harvard students and faculty find newspapers and newspaper articles.
- Do you want articles on a topic?
- Major databases: United States or Foreign, if nothing then
- Lists of digitized newspapers
- Check list of miscellaneous databases and resources
- Do you want a newspaper published at a particular place and time?
- Find out what papers were published in a city/town, US or foreign by year
- Go to A, 1,2,3 to see if it is digitized, if not:
- Do we have it on microfilm, if not:
- Interlibrary loan
- Do you want newspapers for a particular audience (African-American, American Indian, labor, collegiate, etc)?
- Find out what papers were published for your audience: Check: Guides/Bibliographies and Chronicling America Newspaper Directory
- Is there a topical digital collection?
- Is there a microfilm collection?
- Do we have the paper?
- Interlibrary loan
The Kennedy School offers a guide aimed more at sources for current news: News & Media Studies
To find articles in HOLLIS, choose Everything, search your terms and choose Resource Type: Newspaper articles under Refine my results on the right. HOLLIS Everything searches many but not all of Harvard's databases. Also, the individual databases, listed below and elewhere in this guide, offer search features not available in HOLLIS.
NexisUni (1980s- ) is the usual first choice for finding recent newspaper articles, with full text (pictures omitted) coverage of numerous U.S. and overseas newspapers.
- Choose Advanced Search
- Select a Specific Content type: News
- Enter your search terms, then Add them to your search
Factiva (1980s- ) offers full text (pictures omitted) of over 6,000 newspapers, magazines, wire services and trade journals. To limit to a particular newspaper enter, e.g., sn=wall street journal and "search term". Articles for which the copyright resides with the author rather than the newspaper which are not available in NexisUni sometimes have a citation without full text in Factiva. Includes the Wall Street Journal full text, 1984- (abstracts, 6/13/1979-1983) and the Boston Globe (1987- ). Search Guide: Factiva User Guide: Browsing & Searching (Boston College guide)
Articles for which the copyright resides with the author rather than the newspaper will not generally be available in NexisUni or Factiva, although Factiva sometimes provides citations. Use newspaper indexes to find articles omitted from the full text sources.
Ethnic NewsWatch (1959- ) offers full-text of 90 newspapers and other periodicals (1990- ) and of 30 African American, Hispanic American, and Native American newspapers and other periodicals (1959-1989). Includes book/film/television reviews. Lists of periodicals by ethnicity. Includes African American, Arab American, Asian American, European American, Hispanic/Latino/Chicano, Jewish, Native American newspapers. For more newspapers by ethnicity, see: U.S. Ethnic Newspaper Sources
Newspapers.com. World collection (early 1700s-early 2000s). Includes papers from US, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Panama and Wales. If you choose Browse at the top, you get a convenient breakdown of the available papers.
NewspaperARCHIVE offers numerous newspapers from the 19th and 20th centuries. Contains many small-city newspapers.
- Atlanta Constitution (1868-1984)
- Austin American Statesman (1871-1977)
- Baltimore Sun (1837-1991)
- Boston Globe (1872-1985). The ProQuest Boston Globe (1980- ) is available to Massachusetts residents. Scroll down to Boston Globe.
- Chicago Tribune (1849-1993)
- Christian Science Monitor (1908-2003)
- The Cincinnati Enquirer (1841-1922)
- Detroit Free Press (1831-1999)
- Hartford Courant (1764-1991)
- Los Angeles Times (1881-1993)
- Louisville Courier Journal (1830 - 2000)
- Nashville Tennessean (1812-1922)
- New York Times (1851-2013) -- New York Times Recent (2008-3 months ago)
- New York Tribune / Herald Tribune (1841-1962)
- Newsday (1940-1988)
- San Francisco Chronicle (1865-1922)
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1874-1922)
- Wall Street Journal (1889-2000)
- Washington Post (1877-2000) -- Washington Post (2008-3 months ago)
Search all ProQuest news sources using: Proquest News & Newspapers. Search across all newspapers, or select a custom group of titles to search across, rather than searching just one title.
America’s Historical Newspapers (1690-1993) (Readex) offers full text of over a thousand U.S. newspapers. Includes all papers listed in the standard History and bibliography of American newspapers, 1690-1820, by Clarence S. Brigham. Although a very rich resource, many important newspapers, especially for the later years, are not included. Now includes several post-1922 papers; title list (In Quick Facts & Overview box on the right).
19th Century U.S. Newspapers offers full text of about 500 newspapers.
Chronicling America, enhancing access to historic American newspapers (1836-1922) (Library of Congress) offers searchable full text. For a list of digitized newspapers for each state, choose All Digitized Newspapers 1836-1922. Also includes the valuable U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present, in which searches for newspapers can be limited by language and ethnicity.