History Research Guide
Using Newspapers in Historical Research
Newspapers can serve as useful primary sources for historical research. They reflect the time period in which they were created, and provide a glimpe into society at the time. Often, however, early periodicals are less readily available in libraries, and less thoroughly indexed than contemporary newspapers. This section is designed to highlight resources that are available locally, and suggest search strageties for locating this type of publication.
Early Newspaper Collections (Electronic)
An extensive collection of colonial and early republic newspapers.
Provides full-text access to a collection of 18th and 19th century primary sources, including some important newspapers from this period. Included in the collection are:
The Pennsylvania gazette, 1728-1800
The Burney Newspapers are predominantly London newspapers of the 17th and 18th centuries. The titles range in date from 1603 to the early 1800s.
North Carolina Newspapers
The News and Observer (Raleigh)
North Carolina Historical Newspapers
North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project
New York Times
Proquest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times (1851-about 4 yrs ago)
New York Times via Newspaper Source Plus (1985-present)
New York Times (1857-present on microfilm)
Los Angeles Times
Provides fully searchable electronic access to the Los Angeles Times from 1881-1987. Includes full image of the actual newspaper articles. Illustrations and advertisements are usually included.
The Times (London) (1788-present on microfilm)
Microfilm Newspapers at NCSU Libraries
Staff are available at D. H. Hill's main Circulation desk to assist users with the microform reading and printing equipment.
Historical Newspapers on the Internet
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Online Historical Newspapers Website
Historical U.S. Newspapers on the Internet (LibGuide from Bowling Green State University)
Reference Books and Sites For Further Research
American Newspapers, 1821-1936: A Union List of Files Available in the United States and Canada
Harvard Guide to American History (vol. 1, p. 131-144)
History and Bibliography of American Newspapers (Clarence Brigham)
Chronological Tables of American Newspapers 1690 - 1820 (American Antiquarian Society)
Concise History of the British Newspaper
The British Library Newspapers Catalogue
Union List of Selected West European Newspapers and News Magazines in New York Metropolitan Libraries
Often, however, early newspapers are only available at libraries in their own local regions. Major national newspapers are more readily available in many libraries. Due to their size and their tendency to deteriorate, early newspapers are usually not archived in their original print form. Traditionally, they have been preserved on microfilm. More recently, there have been projects to preserve some of this information digitally.
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