Q. How do I find newspaper articles?
There are two main sources for newspaper articles.
LexisLibrary - Although this is primarily a source for legal information, it is also a comprehensive resource for articles from UK national and regional newspapers. Make sure you select the News tab from the bar across the top of the home page before you search. Amongst other things, you can filter searches by date and by publication title. See below for further guidance on how to search LexisLibrary for newspaper articles.
Newsstand (Gale Infotrac) – provides articles from major British and American national newspapers, as well as many local and regional newspapers from both countries. It also contains an extensive collection of other international news sources. For help with searching, see our short guide.
Many newspapers still allow access to recent content free via their websites, including the Guardian, Observer, Independent, Mail Online, and others. Some also include access to archives, however the Library also subscribes to The Independent Digital Archive (1986-2016) and The Economist Historical Archive (1943-2013), both of which can be valuable resources.
Academic Onefile and General Onefile both offer access to newspapers, but also cover a wide range of general interest publications and so are useful if you want to look for more than just newspaper content.
Using LexisLibrary to find newspaper articles
Although LexisLibrary is primarily a source for legal information, it also includes excellent coverage of the UK press. If you are searching for full text newspaper articles on almost any topic, LexisLibrary is a great place to start,.
You can find LexisLibrary via Library Search.
- Connect to Library Search
- Search for LexisLibrary
- The database should be the first item in the results list. Click on the link for online access, and then Link to resource.
You will need to restrict your search to newspapers. Do this by selecting News from the options across the top of the LexisNexis home page.
Unless you are searching for business information, don’t change the default options for Industry, Subject and Country/Region.
However, do use at least some of the other search options to ensure your search is focused on your particular topic. It may be helpful l to –
- Select where your keywords must appear – either in the headline, at the start of the article, or maybe as “major mentions”
- Select which dates you want to search.
- Select what which news publications you want to search. For example you may want to restrict your search to UK National Newspapers,
The full text of any articles you find can be read on screen, or downloaded as a file for you to save.