Need to Source Cite a Newspaper? Here are a Few Places to Start!

"War News from Mexico" by Richard Caton Woodville, 1848  Photo © Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Source citing a newspaper can be tricky, because many databases provide only HTML text. As a source checker, you might need to see the page image to verify the page number, prominence of a story, edition, etc. Below are some of the places you might start your source cite search…

Before we explore those locations, there are three fast ways to find newspaper content (i.e., text, not necessarily images): 1. Conduct an “Online Journals & Newspapers” search for a specific newspaper in Orbis, or 2. Search the Factiva database for newspaper content, or 3. Search Newsbank's NewsFile, particularly for local, international, or hard-to-find papers and topics. For page images of prominent newspapers

1. Wall Street Journal – If you need today’s paper, you’ll find it on the Reference desk. For page images from the last five years, use the ProQuest digital microform database (search for ProQuest digital in Find Database). Click the purple Select link, choose Wall Street Journal-Eastern Edition, and navigate the drop-down menus. For older issues, try the Proquest Historical Wall Street Journal database. The database has images dating back to the late 1800s, but not every story has been digitized. If those two databases fail to yield what you’re looking for, head to the Sterling Memorial Library. A number of recent issues will be available in the Franke Periodical Reading Room. The rest are available in Microform in the basement (Call #: Film AN W155).

 2. USA Today – Recent USA Today image views are easy to find. Locate the newspaper using the “Online Journals & Newspapers” tool in Orbis. Type in USA Today, click the top result, and again click the top result: ProQuest NewspaperDirect PressDisplay. For page images from the last four years, use the ProQuest digital microform database (search for ProQuest digital in Find Database). Click the purple Select link, choose USA Today, and navigate the drop-down menus. Older issues, dating back to 1982, are available in Microform in the basement of Sterling Library (Call #: Film An U1).

3. New York Times – This week’s issues are on the Reference desk. For page images from the last five years, use the ProQuest digital microform database (search for ProQuest digital in Find Database). Click the purple Select link, choose New York Times-Late Edition (East Cost), and navigate the drop-down menus. For older issues, use the ProQuest Information and Learning database, which has page images dating back to the mid-1800s. If you still cannot find what you need, the Sterling Memorial Library maintains microform copies of the New York Times going back more than 100 years (Call #: Film An N43). Once you graduate, you can access historical images via the New York Times Article Archive, if you hold a subscription to the paper.  

4. Los Angeles Times – Recent Los Angeles Times page images are available via the ProQuest NewspaperDirect PressDisplay, just like the USA Today (conduct a title search for Los Angeles Times). For page images from the last five years, use the ProQuest digital microform database (search for ProQuest digital in Find Database). Click the purple Select link, choose Los Angeles Times-Library Edition, and navigate the date drop-down menus. ProQuest Historical Newspapers maintains page images from most issues printed between 1881 and 1956. Late 1800s issues are also available via the Infotrac/Gale 19th Century Newspapers database. If you still cannot find what you need, the Sterling Memorial Library maintains microform copies of the Los Angeles Times going back more than 100 years (Call #: Film An L897).

If you're still searching, head to the morgue. In newspaper parlance, issue archives are “morgues.” The Library of Congress Newspaper Archives/Indexes/Morgues page will connect you to newspaper morgues from around the country. The LOC’s Chronicling America site will take you to obscure historical images, as will The University of Florida’s NewspaperCat. Factiva, the Newsbank Newsfile, World Newspapers Archive, and the Gale 19th Century newspaper collections (search for 19th in Find Database) contain tens of thousands of page images too. 

 

Image Credit: War News From Mexico: detail. By Richard Caton Woodville (1825-1855). Obtained via the Yale Visual Resources Collection and used for Educational Purposes Only.

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