Newspapers are available online with a small number in print. The library catalogue item record will indicate whether the newspaper is available electronically.
Using Nexis to find newspaper articles
You can also search or browse Nexis for newspaper articles. Nexis is a full-text database of news items from a wide range of sources dating back to 1981.
To browse a list of all UK newspapers covered by Nexis:
- Select the Sources tab.
- Select Browse Sources from the tabs that open underneath.
- Filter by country.
- Select the News folder under publication type, then the Newspapers folder.
A list of titles will now appear, and you can search these individually or in groups.
You can also search by time period, headline, or major topics that are mentioned. This is useful for when your search is likely to retrieve a great number of articles.
To view the full article, click on the highlighted title of the article.
Find historic newspapers
You can find various historic newspapers in the Library. Collections are available in digital format as well as on microfilm.
Search the following historic newspaper collections:
- 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers: newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757–1817).
- British Newspapers: 1600-1900: an extensive collection of full-text newspapers from across the British Isles and the British Empire.
- Economist: historical archive of the Economist (from 1843 to 2003), charting the economic conditions of the 19th and 20th centuries on a weekly basis.
- Financial Times Archive: searchable full text from the first issue of the Financial Times (1888–2010)
- Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS): the United States' Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s.
- The Guardian and The Observer: searchable full text back to the first issues of The Guardian (1821–2003) and The Observer (1791–2003).
- Nineteenth Century Serials Edition (NCSE): access to six 19th century periodicals and newspapers, including Monthly Repository, Unitarian Chronicle, Northern Star, Leader, English Woman's Journal, Tomahawk, and Publishers' Circular.
- New York Times: contains all articles between 1851 and 2003. This is an excellent source for contemporary coverage of events during this period.
- Nexis: news articles from 1981. Nexis covers thousands of newspapers from around the world.
- Times Digital Archive: an excellent resource for reports on events between 1785 and 1985.
- Waterloo Directory of English Newspapers and Periodicals, 1800-1900: if you are struggling to find contemporary sources for the 19th century, this database tells you what was published. Although there is no full text with this resource, it will tell you where the newspapers and periodicals are located in the UK.