Online Newspapers

Image of newspapers

Derivative of "Newspaper Rack" by Jon S, used under CY BB 2.0

Many newspapers, both current and historic, are available online. As these are subscription services, you will need either to use a PC in the Library or in the Student Resource Room at Ewert House, or to use a laptop or device connect to the Bodleian Libraries wi-fi network in the Library, or to use your Oxford Single Sign On for remote access (full University card holders only).

This brief guide highlights mainly UK newspapers, but many foreign titles are available as well.

How can I find out what is available?

Go to OxLIP+ and click on the Subject tab. 

Click on Newspapers and then Go

You will see a list of available resources

I am interested in current news

There are two main subscription services for current news:

  • Factiva

Covers worldwide publications but you can limit your search to a single publication or a selection.

  • Nexis UK (also known as Lexisnexis)

This covers UK newspapers

Factiva and Nexis UK will find you articles matching your search. You will not see them in the context of the newspaper.

Free resources

You can also get some free material by going to the websites of individual papers. However, most will expect you to pay a subscription for extended access. A good place to find links to all national, regional and local newspapers is British Media Online

If you are a member of a public library, you can get access to a variety of news sources, both in libraries and at home. See your public library website for more information, this is the selection available through Oxfordshire Libraries

I am interested in historic newpapers

Oxford University subscribes to a number of individual archives of national newpapers including:

  • Daily Mirror 1903-
  • Financial Times 1888-2010
  • Guardian 1821-2003/Observer 1791-2003
  • Illustrated London News 1842-2003
  • Times 1785-1985

These archives are digitised copies of the newspapers. You will therefore see an image of the actual newspaper, and can browse through an issue.

There are also collections of historic papers. A key resource is:

British Newspapers 1600-1950

This resource is a comprehensive database of historical British newspapers covering the period 1600 to 1950. It combines the 17th and 18th Century Burney newspapers and the 19th Century British Library Newspapers in a single interface.

The database comprises digitised copies of the publications so you see an image of the article and the page on which it appeared. You can also browse through an issue.

Free resources

If you are a member of a public library, you can get access to a variety of historic news sources, both in libraries and at home. See your public library website for more information, this is the selection available through Oxfordshire Libraries

How can I find out more?

The online guide: English Language: a short guide to online resources includes a page on newspapers and ephemera. It has links to guides to some of the resources mentioned here.

The online guide : Politics and International Relations also has pages on News & Analysis and Historical Newspapers

The Bodleian Libraries website gives information on both print and online news resources.

British Library collections

British Newspaper Archive - full text can be accessed within London reading rooms for free, or online by paid subscription. You can search to see what is available for free, and having used this catalogue to identify relevant articles it may then be possible to find the print copies in the Bodleian. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/

British Library Print holdings catalogue http://www.bl.uk/subjects/news-media

British Library e-resources list (only accessible from within BL unless otherwise indicated. Some resources are available through OxLIP+) http://www.bl.uk/eresources/newspapers/colindale2.html

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