Finding Newspapers, Newspaper articles and Newspaper E-Resources

Finding newspapers

Print and Microfilm

The Library subscribes to a number of newspapers: The Times, The Guardian, Financial Times,and a selection of Russian newspapers. Current issues of these papers are available on the ground floor of the Library. Older issues of many of these titles, as well as some others, are available online (see below) or on microfilm. The relevant microfilms can be requested from the Library Helpdesk on the Ground Floor.

Electronic Sources

The database Nexis provides around a 20 year (more in some cases) archive of news from a large number of global sources. Offers the full text of articles from major papers such as: The Times, Guardian, FT, New York Times, Washington Post, etc., as well as smaller circulation regional titles (particularly for the UK & . Keesing's World News Archive offers full text access to a digest of global news stories (current year and previous 12 months only) 

British Newspapers 1600-1900 contains full runs of national and regional newspapers from two cross-searchable databases: Burney Collection Newspapers (17th & 18th century) & 19th Century British Library Newspapers

The Daily Express (& Sunday Express) and Daily Mirror are available online from UKPress Online (1900-)

The Daily Mail (1896-2004) is available from the Daily Mail Historical Archive.

The Economist magazine is a useful source of reliable and current political & economic information. The web version offers articles from 1997 and a good deal of web only content, whilst older articles are available from the Economist Historical Archive (1843-2010)

The Financial Times is available from FT.Com (5 year archive) and via the Financial Times Historical Archive (1888-2007)

The Guardian is available from Nexis (1984-) and via ProQuest Historical Newspapers (1821-2003). Its sister Sunday paper, The Observer is available from Nexis (1992-) and via Proquest Historical Newspapers (1900-2003).

The Times is available from Nexis (1985-) and via the Times Digital Archive (1785-1985)

The New York Times is available from Nexis (1980-) and ProQuest Historical Newspapers (1851-2008)

All the databases can be accessed from the links provided or from the library's Database and E-Resource Menu.

Newspaper EResources available in The Library

The Library's e-resources are strictly licensed. You may not systematically print or download substantial quantities, or distribute information to unauthorised third parties. [More information on Permitted Use].

To see a listing of our newspaper databases go to the Newspaper section on our Database and E-Resource Menu.

Free newspaper websites and portals

Google News
ICON (International Coalition on Newspapers)

A consortium of libraries seeking to improve access to newspapers worldwide. Excellent links to digitisation projects around the world

Online Newspapers


For links to digitised newspapers at national level please the subject pages for: Area studies, Latin America, Russia & E. Europe, United States

Colchester Public Library

Anyone who lives, works or studies in Essex can join Essex Libraries. They have a number of useful electronic resources that you can consult online. Resources include: Newsbank; Infotrac Newspapers Online; Infotrac Magazines Online; Guardian & Observer Archive - 1791 to 2003; & the Times Digital Archive.


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