History subject guide



Newspapers and news sources

We subscribe to a large number of newspapers, both international and from the UK. They are available in a number of formats, including print and online. Visit the newspaper resources pages for full information and access to online holdings.

Newspaper and newsreel archives


Interface Includes
Artemis Primary Sources (from Gale):

has useful tools like:
  • term frequency: see the frequency of your search term over time
  • term clusters: see what other terms commonly occur in relation to your search term
Gale Newsvault:

has similar coverage to Artemis, but misses out ECCO, NCCO and Making of Modern Law; includes the following, which are not yet in Artemis:

excellent source for online full text UK newspapers as well as other news sources world wide
  • several "group files" which allow cross searching on a number of titles, including UK nationals (16 full text newspapers) and UK broadsheets
  • many non-UK newspapers, particularly from North America, Australasia and other English speaking areas
  • news sources from European countries in their original languages
  • business and company information worldwide

it's not obvious from the interface, but this includes the following historical newspaper archives:
UK Press Online:

3 million pages of 19th - 21st century newspapers
  • South Eastern Gazette
  • Daily Mirror
  • Daily and Sunday Express
  • Daily Star and Daily Star Sunday
  • Church Times
  • The Watchman
  • Daily Worker
  • Morning Star
  • 3 war time collections: World War One, The Great War in Kent, and World War Two
Historical Newspapers (Chadwyck Healey):

provides a different way of searching The Times and The New York Times
  • Palmer's Index to the Times: covers 1790 to 1905 in The Times
  • The Official Index to the Times: takes the coverage forward from 1906 to 1980
  • The Historical Index to the New York Times: covers The New York Times 1851 - September 1922
  • Palmer's Full Text Online, 1785-1870: access to the full articles referenced in Palmer's Index to the Times

Other newspaper and newsreel archives

  • British Pathé news archive: over 85,000 clips of historical footage from around the globe spanning 1896-1976
  • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers (Library of Congress): search hundreds of full text newspapers from 1860-1922; the site also has information about American newspapers from 1690 onwards
  • Eighteenth Century Journals Portal: portal to newspapers and periodicals c1685-1835, covering all aspects of 18th-century social, political and literary life
  • JISC Media Hub: video, images and sound resources from many different collections, allowing you to cross-search and explore TV news, documentary films, still images and classical music
  • News on Screen (from BUFVC): database of British newsreel and cinemagazine production from 1910 to 1983, with over 180,000 records and a large collection of digitised documents
  • Newsplan London and the South East: full, bibliographical records and locations of local newspaper titles, dating from 1717 onwards

Nexis provides access to the main UK daily newspapers, including their Sunday editions, as well as international newspapers. It generally covers newspapers from the 1970s onwards.

More current UK, US and other international newspapers


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Last Updated: 16/09/2015