Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Finding newspapers using the Library

By Feb.21, 2020

Tracy Breheny
Tracy talks about newspapers, why they can be useful and explains how you can access them.

Newspapers can be a useful source of information when undertaking your research.  They can contain useful historical and current event information and commentary, as well as being interesting to read! Depending on what you are studying, there can benefits to reading and using newspaper articles in your research:

  • They can allow you to see what people thought and how people viewed an event when it happened;
  • They can provide multiple points of view and different opinions about a topic or an issue, and sometimes offer comparisons.
  • They can help you to look at the historical detail of an event, the context around it and they can enable you to follow things over time;
  • They can contain commentaries or retrospective articles about events.

Whether used as a primary or a secondary source, newspapers can provide valuable information. However, they can contain bias or be reflective of one side of an argument, so you need to bear that in mind and critically evaluate information you’re not sure of if you are using it for your academic work.

Many UK newspapers still allow access to recent content free via their websites, and some also include access to archives. However, The Library also has access to lots of newspapers, both in print and in electronic format.  Let’s take a look at how we can find them!

Gale OneFile News

Gale OneFile provides access to international and UK newspaper content. You will find full-text articles from major British and American national newspapers, as well as many local and regional newspapers from both countries. It also contains an extensive collection of other international news sources, as well as access to thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.

You can find Gale OneFile in Library Search. If you are accessing this resource off-campus, you will need to enter your network username and password.

Also, Gale Academic OneFile and Gale General OneFile both offer access to newspapers, but also cover a wide range of general interest publications and so are useful if you want to look for more than just newspaper content.

Watch this video to find out how to find and use Gale OneFile:

Newsstreams Newspapers

Newsstreams Newspapers contains local, regional and national newspapers from across the world. It contains hundreds of titles, with archives back to the 1980s, including The Times (London), The Bangkok Post, El Norte, Financial Times, The Guardian, Jerusalem Post, South China Morning Post, The Daily Telegraph, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, and the Manchester Evening News.

Please note:

  • For some titles, the most recent issues are not available.
  • This resource contains the text only, not pictures or photos.

You can find Newsstreams Newspapers in Library Search. If you are accessing this resource off-campus, you will need to enter your network username and password.


Although LexisLibrary is primarily a source for legal information, it is also a key resource for articles from UK national and regional newspapers. 

Make sure you select the News tab from the bar across the top of the home page, to limit your search to newspapers, before you search!

Watch this video to find out how to find and use LexisLibrary for news:

Historical newspapers and archives

Nineteenth Century British Library Newspapers covers 70 national, regional and local, 19th Century British newspapers reflecting the social and political developments of the time. 

The Listener Historical Archive is published by the BBC and covers 1929-  1991. It is a useful resource for historical information for TV and Radio.

There are also free online newspapers:

In addition, the Library also subscribes to The Independent Digital Archive (1986-2016) and The Economist Historical Archive (1943-2013).

Print newspapers

We also receive various print newspapers that can be read in the Library.

At Clifford Whitworth, you’ll find The Telegraph,  The Times, The Guardian, Financial Times and Die Zeit on the ground floor, located on the tables in the seating area next to the Enquiry Desk.

At MediaCityUK, you’ll find The Times, The Guardian, Financial Times and The Daily Mail all located next to the Enquiry Desk on the 1st floor.  

Whilst we do receive Financial Times in print and electronic format, it’s important to note that we only have the most recent copies available in print format. There is a delay on electronic access of 30 days. We also keep past print copies of Financial Times in Clifford Whitworth Library on the 2nd floor. Please ask a member of staff if you can’t find them!

All of the others!

There are other specialist newspaper databases that you might want to take a look at. A full list is available here.

If you need help locating newspapers or using any of the newspaper databases mentioned above, please contact your Academic Support Librarian for further help.

Happy reading!

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