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.