History subject guide



Historical 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
Gale Primary Sources:

Narrow down which collections you search from the home page.

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
See what collections are included

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

More current UK, US and other international newspapers


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