Newspapers and News Services
News and newspapers can be a useful source of information on
many subjects. This factsheet gives you sources for tracing
newspaper articles and news on a topic, whether current or
historical. There are also some sources of information about
Newspapers on the Web - searchable
These services allow you to search by keyword and find the full
text of articles, going back over several years. (Please note: they
are for University of Hull users only. University of Hull users can
also access them from off campus: Athens username and
- LexisNexis Butterworths, http://www.lexisnexis.com/uk/legal
Excellent source for full-text articles in UK
newspapers. Simply select the 'News' tab to search within
the "UK Newspapers" file, which includes access to over
100 national and regional newspapers or choose to search in
the national, broadsheet or regional files alone. Coverage goes
back to 1982 in some cases. Articles can be emailed or
- Times Digital Archive 1785-1985,
Developed from the original microfilm newspaper collection into a
digital archive which provides page-by-page access to the
newspapers in facsimile form and a fully-searchable database.
Articles can be emailed.
The following individual U.K. newspapers on the Web are also
searchable by keyword. Some offer extra services such as news
alerts by email, which require you to register. Some services are
subscription-based. (Note that the content of the online version
may not be the same as that of the printed version.)
- Financial Times, http://www.ft.com/
Free access to headlines, basic financial data, and anything
without the "S" (subscribers only) symbol. Subscribers can have
full text of articles, emailed news alerts, "power searching", and
access to five year archive of the FT and other worldwide financial
news sources and to detailed comment and reports on industries,
companies and countries. (The full text of the FT is
also available via ABI/Inform with an archive back
to 1996, searchable via the library catalogue).
- Guardian, http://www.guardian.co.uk/
Openly accessible or you can register (free). Includes the
Observer. Search facility back to 1 September 1998.
- Independent, http://www.independent.co.uk/
Includes the Independent on Sunday. Search facility back to
- Telegraph.co.uk (Web version of the Daily
Includes the Sunday Telegraph. Search facility back to April
- Times, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/
Includes the Sunday Times. Searchable access to the last two
years free of charge. Archive back to 1985 available as a
fee-based service. (You can access the Times back to 1985
on Lexis Nexis Newspapers and also the Times Digital
Archive 1785-1985 - see above.)
Newspapers on the Web in general
There are Web versions of thousands of newspapers around the
world, but unlike some of the UK titles listed above, usually only
a few days' issues are available. (A small but increasing number
give access to older issues.) Some newspapers on the Web do
not have keyword searching available and so are really
only useful for browsing recent issues. The Web versions of
newspapers may not be the same as the printed versions and
you may find that a specific article is different or not
present in the Web version.
The following free services have links to thousands of
newspapers on the Web worldwide, arranged by country. It is worth
using both of them - The coverage is not the same.
Lesser but useful collection of links to newspapers and
Other news services on the Web
- BBC News, news.bbc.co.uk Offers daily news
service by email. You can set up a profile with the news categories
you want. Also desktop alerts and news feeds.
- Reuters: today.reuters.co.uk (UK site),
today.reuters.com (USA site)
- NewsNow, http://www.newsnow.co.uk/. News
from over 17,000 sources (including many Web-only sources) in a
number of subject categories, going back 30 days. Basic search
facility. Subscription-based services include more advanced keyword
searching. Caters for a UK audience.
- Ananova, http://www.ananova.com/. Provided by
the UK's Press Association.
- Yahoo: uk.news.yahoo.com (UK site),
news.yahoo.com (USA site - offers
If you need to find articles in newspapers which are not
available in electronic form (such as older newspapers from many
years ago), or which are not easily searchable in electronic form,
newspaper indexes will enable you to search effectively.
The Brynmor Jones Library has the following printed newspaper
- British Humanities Index, 1915-2000 (R)AI 3
B86 (5th floor Reference)
Selectively indexes the Independent, Guardian, Financial Times,
Observer, Times (and supplements), and Sunday Times. Also many
general and humanities periodicals published in the UK.
- Times index, 1790-2002 (R)AN 2 T56 (5th floor
The Times index is also available in printed form but only
up to 2002. Indexes not only the daily paper but also the Times
Educational Supplement, Times Literary Supplement and Times Higher
Education Supplement. (Remember also the Times Digital Archive -
see above. This can be used to search for Times articles.
- New York Times index, 1944-1986 qAN 2 N52 (5th
Having used an index such as one of these to find references to
articles, you will need to get hold of the articles themselves. See
the next section.
Newspapers in printed form and on microfilm
In addition to electronic form, the Library offers access to
some daily newspapers in printed form and archival material on
microfilm. To see what is available, look in the Library catalogue.
If you want to check for a particular title, use a Periodical title
search. If you want to browse through the newspaper titles held by
the Library, use a Classmark search and look for the classmark AN.
This will show up some but not all of the titles held only on
Current newspapers in printed form; previous years on
microfilm (or in electronic form)
taken in printed form, the current issues and the last six
months are kept on the ground floor of the Brynmor Jones
Library. For the Times (1785-2010 ) and the
Independent (1986- 2002 ) there is an ongoing
backfile of previous years on microfilm. Earlier years of the
Guardian (1974-1992) and Financial Times
(1955-1994) are also held on microfilm. Microfilms of these four
newspapers are available on request from the Circulation Desk. (For
details of electronic services with previous years of these four
newspapers, see the Newspapers on
the Web - searchable section of this Factsheet, above.)
Note: some overseas newspapers are not included in the Library
catalogue, as they are received as donations and are not kept for a
long period of time. For details of the overseas newspapers which
the Brynmor Jones Library currently receives, please ask at the
Service Desk, or the Periodicals section on the ground
Availability on microfilm
For titles other
than those in the previous paragraph, check the Library catalogue
to see which newspapers are available on microfilm. For a
particular title, search by Periodical title. If you want to know
in general which newspapers the Brynmor Jones library has on
microfilm, ask at the Enquiry Desk. The Library has many older
holdings on microfilm of newspapers from various countries.
To view the microfilm
Having found your
microfilm, you will need a microfilm reader in order to be able to
read the article you need. These are on the ground
floor of the Brynmor Jones Library. Ask at the Service
Desk if you require any assistance.
Photocopying from microfilm
It is possible
to have photocopies made from microfilm. We recommend that you read
the article of interest first. Photocopies from microfilm cost 10
pence per A4 page.
Resources on the Web for finding newspapers in other
If the newspaper material that you know you need is not in the
University's Libraries, you may be able to locate it in another
library. Try one of the following:
- British Library Newspaper Library,
The British Library Newspaper Library in Colindale, London, is the
largest archival newspaper collection in the world. This site gives
access to their catalogue, details of their special collections,
and a good collection of links to electronic newspapers and
resources on newspaper history.
- COPAC, copac.ac.uk/copac/
is a national online public access catalogue providing unified
access to the online catalogues of 22 of the largest university
research libraries in the UK and Ireland, plus the British Library.
The database contains over 20 million records, and more libraries
are being added.
Reference books for tracing newspapers
The Brynmor Jones Library has several printed reference books
which may help in tracing newspapers both current and historical in
the UK and some other countries. These are in the Central Reference
Collection on the ground floor, in the area (R)Z 6941 - (R)Z 6956.
- Willings press guide. Annual (R)Z 6941 W7
A good way of finding details of current newspapers and other
periodicals, both local and national. In three volumes: UK, Europe
and World. Indexed by country and by subject. Contains circulation
figures for newspapers.
Resources on the Web about newspapers
- Audit Bureau of Circulations, http://www.abc.org.uk/
Useful for current circulation figures of the UK press. Some
data only available to fee-paying subscribers.
- British Library Newspaper Library: Newspaper,
Journalism, and Media Resources, http://www.bl.uk/
- JICREG: the Joint Industry Committee for Regional Press
Independent research organisation providing readership figures by
region for UK regional newspapers.
- Media UK, http://www.mediauk.com/
Useful site with information about the media in the UK, and links
to UK newspapers and other news sources.
- The Newspaper Society, http://www.newspapersoc.org.uk/
Site contains data on circulation, history, costs, ownership,
production and technology of the regional press in the UK. Also has
links to over 600 regional newspapers.
- Press Complaints Commission, http://www.pcc.org.uk/
Help and Further information
For help or further information about any of the resources
mentioned please ask at the Brynmor Jones Library Service
Desk, telephone (46)5250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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