Newspapers

How can I find pre-1800 English newspapers?

What online resources are available which cover newspapers between the years 1800 and 1980?

What online resources are available which cover newspapers from 1980 to the present?

How can I find old articles in the Times online?

How can I find more recent articles in the Times online?

What are the Bodleian Library's main newspaper holdings?

Where can I find foreign language newspapers?

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Finding pre-1800 English newspapers

Begin by using the 17th – 18th century Burney collection newspapers database available via OxLIP+, which allows browsing and searching of the full text of over 1,270 newsbooks, newspapers, pamphlets and a variety of other news materials published in England, Ireland and Scotland, plus papers from British colonies in Asia and the Americas.

For print newspapers and microfilm facsimiles, start with SOLO where many will be listed and can be ordered in the normal way. Note that many will have Pre-1920 catalogue records, which list our holdings in the Parts Publ. field of the bibliography. Pre-1920 records may be duplicated by “normal” SOLO records, which are generally more accurate and informative. Some later early newspaper acquisitions may only be on SOLO.

A second source is the microfilm collection Early English newspapers. This comprises films of the majority of the Burney (British Library) and Nichols (Bodleian) collections. Some of these are on SOLO individually, mostly those with titles beginning A-L (although not all A-L). The others can be found by using the red A4 guide in the Old Bodleian Library's Main Enquiry Desk at B1. 1202B. Those marked o in pencil are on SOLO. The others need to be ordered using the generic SOLO record. This can be found with the following searches:

  • 11858080
  • Early English newspapers. [Segment II] microform
  • "Films 1288"

Details of Early English newspaper reels are often listed in the bibliography of newer catalogue records, even if pieces haven’t been added for them yet, or in the index of the guide. The key advantage of these microfilms is that readers can print out copies from the film for 25p a page using the reader/printers in the Lower and Upper Reading Rooms.

Then there is Milford and Sutherland: A catalogue of English newspapers and periodicals in the Bodleian Library, 1622-1800 by R. T. Milford and D. M. Sutherland (Main Enquiry Desk, B1.1202). This grey volume lists all the hard copy pre-1800 newspapers held by the Bodleian, and some smaller microfilm collections (including Irish newspapers – see the back). Most should be on SOLO.

When checking the record of a newspaper in Milford and Sutherland, follow the list of holdings until you come to the first set of square brackets [ ]. The reference between these brackets is the shelfmark for the previously listed holdings.

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Online resources c.1800-1980

Proquest Historical Newspapers

Chicago Defender 1905-1975
New York Times 1851-2004
Washington Post 1877-1990

These are listed by title in both the general and Newspapers title lists on OxLIP. An online guide to the New York Times Historical Archive is available at the Proquest page on OxLIP, and the Chicago Defender, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal can searched in the same way.

Searches can be made across any of the three newspapers together, and also together with the contents of the American Periodicals Series Online 1740-1900. The Wall Street Journal cannot be searched in conjunction with the Proquest Historical Newspapers.

If searching by date, the date must be entered in the American format (month/day/year).

For some earlier issues, not all of the print is fully legible.

It is possible to view either just a selected Article Image (PDF, printable) or a Page Map (this is browsable, and it is possible to focus in on certain sections).

It is possible to email either Brief Citation (citation and link), Document Summary (citation, indexing, abstract and link) or Full Text (attached PDF if available, citation, indexing, abstract and link).

Times Digital Archive (1785-1985)

This is available via Infotrac/Gale Group databases.

It is possible to view/print either just a selected article (Standard Article) or a full page (on 1, 2 or 4 sides of A4 – 4 sides is closest to original broadsheet size, therefore most clearly legible) to see context/background of article.

It is only possible to email the citation of a selected article.

Some dates in late 1970s and early 1980s have no entries (the Times was sometimes not printed due to strikes/industrial action).

Times Literary Supplement Centenary Archive (1902-1990)

This is also available via Gale Group.

It is possible to search by the author of reviews or articles (Contributor Search) as well as the author of works reviewed, even though for many reviews, the contributor was not originally listed (the articles have been tagged by contributor).

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Online resources c.1980-present

Current news content is accessible through Factiva and Nexis UK. These resources are accessible via OxLIP+ and can be accessed remotely by University members who sign in using their Oxford Single Sign On.

National broadsheets

  • Daily Telegraph (from January 2001)
  • Financial Times (from January 1982)
  • FT.com (from 2001)
  • Independent (from January 2000)
  • Independent on Sunday (from January 2000)
  • Observer (from February 2000) – please note selected coverage only from 2000-2003 and then full text from November 2003 onwards
  • Sunday Telegraph (from January 2001)
  • Sunday Times (from July 1985)
  • Times (from July 1985)

National tabloids

  • Daily Mail (from January 2000)
  • Daily Star (from November 2000)
  • Express (from November 2000)
  • Express on Sunday (from November 2000)
  • Mail on Sunday (from January 2000)
  • Mirror (from January 1998)
  • People (from January 1998)
  • Sun (from January 1996)
  • Sunday Mirror (from January 1998)

Regional news (a selection)

  • Belfast News Letter (from January 2000)
  • Belfast Telegraph (from April 2003)
  • Birmingham Post (from January 2000)
  • Daily Record (from January 2000)
  • Evening Standard (from January 2000)
  • Manchester Evening News (from March 1999)
  • Oxford Mail Xtreme Info abstract (from June 2002 to September 2003)
  • Scotland on Sunday (from June 1997)
  • Scotsman (from February 1996)
  • Western Mail (from July 2001)
  • Yorkshire Post (from February 2000)

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Times Higher Education Supplement (October 1994-present)

It is necessary to login when you reach the site (the login details are on OxLIP+).

Wall Street Journal (January 1984-present)

This is listed by title in both the general and Newspapers title lists on OxLIP+. An online guide to the New York Times Historical Archive is available at the Proquest page on OxLIP+, and the Wall Street Journal can searched in the same way.

The Wall Street Journal can be searched in conjunction with other Proquest databases, but not Proquest Historical Newspapers.

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Bodleian Library main newspaper holdings

Belfast Telegraph

  • 1982 - 2007
    Films 1243
Chicago Defender
  • 1905-1975
    Proquest Historical Newspapers via OxLIP
Daily Herald
  • 1911 – 1923
    Films 1084
  • 1924 -1964
    N. 22891 a.4
Daily Mail
  • 1896 (Feb.) – 1945
    Films 1246
  • 1971 (May) – 1982 (July)
    N. 22894 b.7
  • 1982 -
    Films 1246
Daily Mirror
  • 1981 - 2004
    Films 1339
Daily Telegraph
  • 1855 – 1937
    Films 1215
  • 1937 – 1993
    N. 22893 a.2
  • 1990 -
    Films 1742
European
  • 1990 – 1998
    P.L00196
Financial Times
  • 1912 (July) – 1930 (Oct.)
    N. 23286 a.8
  • 1947 – 1994
    N. 23281 a.2
  • 1981 – 1995
    Films 1596
  • 1989 -
    OxLIP
Figaro
  • 1966 - 1990
    Films 501
Manchester Guardian
  • 1935 – 1959
    N. 22891 a.8

Index

Guardian
  • 1959 -
    N. 22891 a.8
  • 1980 -
    Films 1615
  • Index 1986 -
    P.C19591 (Annual)
    Per. 22894 c.76 (Monthly - Dec. 2002)
    P.D02084 (Monthly Jan. 2003 -)

Index

Independent
  • 1986 (no. 1) -
    Films 1549
  • 1986 – 1993
    N. 22894 a.9
  • 1994 –
    P.L00764
Independent on Sunday
  • 1990 only
    Films 1583
  • 1990 -
    P.L00106
  • 1991 -
    Films 1549
Irish Times
  • 1978 -
    N. 2296 a.3

Index

Izvestiya
  • 1917 – 1965
    Films 282
  • 1966 – incomplete
    N. 24416 a.15
Jackson’s Oxford Journal
  • 1753 – 1909
    N.G.A.Oxon a.4
  • 1909 – 1928
    Films 1455

Jewish Chronicle

  • 1841 - 1842 (May), 1844 (Oct) - 1884
    Films 1135
  • 1844 (Oct.) - 1847 (Oct.)
    N. 950 d.44
  • 1869 -
    N. 950 b.1

Index 

 London Review of Books

  • 1979, Vol. 1 -
    A.9.903
London Standard
  • 1923 - 1986 (Dec.)
    N. 2288 b.4
Morning Post
  • 1801 - 1937 (Sept.)
    Films 1337
For single copies of 1773, see listings in information file under Morning Post, at MED

New Statesman

  • 1913 -
    N. 22891 c.8
  • Current year -
    Upper Camera Staff Desk

New York Times

  • (at VHL) 1851 – 1929; 1948 -
    Micr.USA
  • (at VHL) 1929 – 1947
    300.28.t.1
  • (at VHL) 1990 - 2000
    CDROM NYT
  • 1851-2004
    Proquest Historical Newspapers New York Times via OxLIP

Observer

  • 1815 – 1958
    Films 1214
  • 1959 – 1995
    N. 22894 a.4
  • 1990 -
    Films 1743

Index

Oxford Mail

  • 1928 – 1983
    N.G.A.Oxon a.108

Oxford Times

  • 1887, 1895 - 10th June 1983
    N.G.A. Oxon a.5
  • 1982 -
    Films 1308
  • [supplements 1863]
    G.A. Oxon b.113

(Misc. Oxford newspapers)

  • 1672 – 1864
    G.A.Oxon b.113

Pravda

  • 1917 – 1994
    Films 280
  • 1937 – 1993 incomplete, 1937, 38, 47, 50-54; 1958 -
    N. 24416 a.14

Scotsman

  • 1960 – 1982
    N. 2294 a.4
  • 1982 -
    Films 1244

Spectator

  • 1828 – 1842
    Films 1347
  • 1852 – 1887
    Films 1347
  • 1842 – 1853
    N. 22872 c.1
  • 1887 – 1997
    N. 22872 c.1
  • 1998 -
    P.C14059
  • Current year
    Upper Camera Staff Desk

Sun

  • 1964 – 1968
    N. 22894 a.6
  • 1969 -
    N. 22894 c.25

Sunday Correspondent

  • 1989 (Sept.) – 1990 (Nov.)
    P.L00088
Sunday Mirror
  • 1975 -
    N. 22894 b.13
Sunday Telegraph
  • 1961 – 1963
    N. 22894 a.5
  • 1994 -
    N. 22894 a.5
  • 1990 -
    Films 1742
Sunday Times
  • 1921 – 1979
    N. 22891 a.3
  • 1980 -
    Films 1616
  • 1996
    Networked CD available via OxLIP (look under Times)
Index (Times index) 1986 -
  • B1.1287
Index (Times index) Pre-1986 –
  • F floor (ask at Main Enquiry Desk)
Times
  • 1785 - 1985
    Times Digital Archive via OxLIP
  • 1986 -
    Films 352
  • 1996
    Networked CD available via OxLIP (look under Times)
Times Education Supplement
  • 1961 – 1991
    N. 260011 b.2
  • 1980 – 1991
    Films 1754
  • Current year
    S.ED.PER.4
  • Previous years post 1991
    P.L00744
Index (Times index) 1980 -
  • B1.1287
Index (Times index) Pre-1980
  • F floor (ask at Main Enquiry Desk)
Times Higher Education Supplement
  • 1971 – 1991
    N. 2625 b.12
  • 1991 (Aug.) -
    P.L00272
  • 1995 - online via OxLIP
  • Current year
    S.ED.PER.13
Index (Times index) 1980 - 1994
  • B1.1287
Index (Times index) 1971 - 1979
  • F floor (ask at Main Enquiry Desk)
Times Literary Supplement
  • 1902 - 1990
    Times Literary Supplement Centenary Archive
  • 1902 -
    A.9.901
  • Jan. 1976 -
    SE Per 20
Index (Times index)1991 - 1994
  • B1.1287
Index 1994 - Today
  • 1986 – 1995 (Oct.)
    N. 22284 b.13
Tribune
  • 1937 -
    N. 22893 b.1
Wall Street Journal
  • 1986 (vol. 207) -
    Films 1460
  • 1984 -
    Proquest Newspapers: Wall Street Journal via OxLIP
Washington Post
  • (VHL)1945 -
    Micr.USA 200
  • (VHL) 1989 – 2000
    CD ROM Washington Post
  • 1877-1991
    Proquest Historical Newspapers The Washington Post via OxLIP
Weekend Telegraph
  • 1964 – 1976
    N. 22894 c.17
Western Mail
  • 1968 – 6th October 2004
    N. 2292 a.2
  • 7th October 2004 -
    P.L00780
Yorkshire Post
  • 1979 – 1982
    N. 22894 a.7
  • 1982 -30th September 2004
    Films 1245

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Title Online coverage Print holdings Indexing (separate from full-text online coverage)
Belfast Telegraph 1982-2007 Films 1243
Chicago Defender 1905-1975
Daily Herald

 

1911-1923 Films 1084

1924-1964 N. 22891 a.4

Daily Mail

10/1999- Factiva

1/1992- Nexis

1/2000- Westlaw

2/1896-1945 Films 1246

5/1971-7/1982 N. 22894 b.7

1982-3/2008 Films 1246

Daily Mirror 1981-2004 Films 1339
Daily Telegraph

1855-1937 Films 1215

1937-1993 N. 22893 a.2

1990-2008 Films 1742

European 1990-1998 P.L00196
Financial News    7/1912-10/1930 N. 23286 a.8    
Financial Times

1947- N. 23281 a.2

1981-1995 Films 1596

1913-1920 Per. 23286 d.80
Figaro 1966-1990 Films 501
Guardian

10/1996- Factiva

7/1984- Nexis

6/2002- Westlaw

1959- N.22891 a.8

1980-2008 Films 1615

1959-2000 www.guardian.co.uk/archive

1986- P.C19591

Independent

1986-2008 Films 1549

1986-1993 N.22894 a.9

1994- P.L00764

Independent on Sunday

1990 Films 1583

1991-2008 Films 1549

1990- P.L00106

Irish Times 1978- N. 2296 a.3 1859- www.irishtimes.com/search/archive.html
Izvestiya

1917-1991 Films 282

1966-2000 (incomplete) N. 24416 a.15

Jackson's Oxford Journal

1753-1909 N.G.A. Oxon a.4

1909-1928 Films 1455

Jewish Chronicle

1841-5/1842, 10/1844-1884 Films 1135

10/1844-10/1847 N. 950 d.44

1869- N. 950 b.1

1841- www.thejc.com

1881-1973 Films 1135*

London Review of Books 1979- A.9.903
London Standard 1923-1986 N. 2288 b.4
Manchester Guardian 1935-1959 N. 22891 a.8 1821-1959 www.guardian.co.uk/archive
Morning Post

1772-1800 [see information above]

1801-9/1937 Films 1337

New Statesman

6/1988- Ejournals

1996- Factiva

1913-6/1996 N. 22891 c.8

6/1996 P.C16726

Current year: Upper Camera staff desk

New York Times 1851-2004 New York Times Historical Archive

1851-1929, 5/1948-2005 Micr. USA 34

1929-1947 300.28.t.1

Observer

1815-1958 Films 1214

1959- N. 22894 a.4

1990-2008 Films 1743

1791-2000 www.guardian.co.uk/archive
Oxford Mail 5/2007- Factiva

1928-1983 N.G.A. Oxon a.108

1982-1999 Films 1307

Oxford newspapers (various)
Oxford Times
Pravda
Scotsman
Spectator 2001- Factiva
Sun
Sunday Correspondent
Sunday Mirror
Sunday Telegraph
Sunday Times 1906-1980 The Official Index to the Times
Times
Times Educational Supplement
Times Higher Educational Supplement
Times Literary Supplement
Today
Tribune
Wall Street Journal
Washington Post
Weekend Telegraph
Western Mail
Yorkshire Post

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