Online Databases for Historical Newspapers & Periodicals (United States)
These are just a handful of online databases for historical newspapers, magazines, and periodicals. Want more recommendations? Talk to reference librarian Sarah Elichko - email@example.com.
Historical Newspapers (United States): how to identify and find
If you're looking for a specific publication (e.g. The New York Times):
- Search Tripod - change the drop-down menu from All Resources to Journal Title, and enclose the publication name in double quotes (search example).
- If that doesn't work, try searching Worldcat - run the same search as in Tripod, and limit your search results to "Serials." (Then ask a librarian about requesting it.)
To identify newspapers and other publications (when you don't have a specific title in mind):
- Try the online databases listed below (e.g. Readers Guide Retrospective, American Periodicals Series)
- Find a recent scholarly history book on your topic - see if there are newspapers (etc.) identified in the bibliography.
- Try using these guides to historical newspapers and periodicals (Tripod list)
- Use a published bibliography to identify newspapers, magazines, etc. - search Tripod for these (search example)
You might find historical newspapers, magazines, or periodicals in the following forms:
- Scanned versions through online databases
- In print books available from libraries (e.g. bound magazines and journals, facsimiles of newspapers) - TriCo or via Interlibrary Loan
- On microfilm - TriCo or via Interlibrary Loan