News Collections Online: Full-Text News Databases
News databases bring together searching and access to multiple news providers, collections of links to many news sources. In most cases, they provide immediate access to the full text of the news sources. In some cases, they collect and point to or index the full-text sources maintained by individual newspapers, news publishers, and news sources, including television and radio. A few sources (e.g., CRL, ICON) point to extensive microform holdings.
Each entry contains the following information: database title; database URL; whether the library has a subscription (available to Cornell users only); and a brief description including the time period covered, the format of the content, and languages (no language entry = English language only).
ABYZ News Links.
A collection of links to news sites worldwide. Coverage: Many the current issue; some searchable archives; see individual sources. Includes some streaming video and audio; television, radio, and online news sources. Many languages.
Access Newspaper Archive.
Coverage: 19th and 20th centuries. Primarily U.S. small town and small city newspapers. A few international titles. B&W PDFs. Mainly in English; ten French titles (from France).
Access World News. (called America's Newspapers before 2005)
Coverage: Current, from roughly the mid-1980s on (start dates vary widely). Over 4,700 newspapers and newswires, including some web-only titles. Also video from local television news programs. Some international coverage, but mainly Anglo-American titles (75% North American titles, 25% international). Includes many smaller newspapers in the U.S. Plain text and video. Mainly in English; some Spanish (Acceda Noticias).
Coverage: 18th and 19th centuries. Includes African-American Newspapers (9 titles), Civil War Newspapers (3 titles), and Ben Franklin's newspaper, the Pennsylvania Gazette (1728-1800). Plain text.
AltPressIndex. Baltimore: Alternative Press Center.
Coverage: 1991 to date. Indexing only; OCLC FirstSearch interface.
Coverage mainly mid-1990s to date; a few titles to 1970s. Plain text.
America's Historical Newspapers. Readex/NewsBank.
"Including Early American Newspapers Series 1 and 6, 1690-1922 and African American Newspapers, 1827-1998." Plain text and some images.
AP Archive. Associated Press.
[http://www.aparchive.com/]; free with registration.
Coverage: 1929 to date. Film and video from the Associated Press, ABC News, other sources owned by AP. Many records available, but much remains to be digitized. Content information.
AP Images. Associated Press.
Coverage for images, 1915 to date. Images and graphics; some full text and streaming audio.
Austrian Newspapers Online: ANNO. Wien: Österreichische Nationalbibliothek.
Coverage: Mainly 19th century; some more recent--see title list. Over 200 newspapers. PDFs. In German.
Center for Research Libraries Catalog. You can limit by Newspapers. More information about CRL's newspaper holdings here. See also entries for ICON: International Coalition on Newspapers and World Newspaper Archive, below.
China Core Newspaper Databases: CCND. Beijing: Tsinghua Tongfang Optical Disc Co.
Coverage 2000 to date. In Chinese. CAJ viewer download or PDFs that require Abode Font Pack download. See also Kroch Asia's Academic Journals and Newspapers page for two additional Chinese news titles.
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. A major searchable database. Created by the NEH, Library of Congress, and the National Digital Newspaper Project.
Coverage: 1836-1922. PDFs. Site also has a searchable bibliography of US newspapers published between 1690 and the present.
EastView Universal Database. East View Publications.
Includes Current Digest of the Russian Press [was Current Digest of the (Post-) Soviet Press] (1949 to date, English translations), Russian Central Newspapers in Russian and English, Izvestiia Digital Archive (1917-2010), and Pravda Digital Archive (1912-2009).
Ethnic NewsWatch. ProQuest.
Coverage: 1960 to date in two files. In English and Spanish.
Euro|topics. Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung).
Coverage: 12/8/2005 to date. A European press review. Plain text. English, German, and French summaries for 28 European countries. Text is the translated lead paragraph of the article. Some entries link to the full text online in original language and some only to the source news site.
Coverage: Current. Back to 1980s for some titles. Primarily business news. Plain text. English. The News Pages section shows articles from 8 major news sources for the last 2 weeks.
Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports.
Coverage: 1974-1996. Includes television and radio. English translations of content from news sources worldwide. Plain text. Continued by World News Connection. More information about FBIS. Original content in many languages.
Gallica: Bibliothèque Numérique. Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Twenty-six French newspapers.
Coverage: Nineteenth century to about WWII. To search or browse, click on Periodicals. [http://gallica.bnf.fr/html/editorial/presse-revues]. Searchable PDFs. In French.
Google News and Google News Archive
Google News is searchable in a large number of "editions" (countries and languages).
Archive in development. Enter site:news.google.com/newspapers in advanced search to limit to scanned articles only. Searchable PDFs. Spotty coverage for most titles, but some long runs of titles from the U.S., Canada, Australia, South Asia. A browseable title list that includes years covered for each title is available: http://news.google.com/newspapers
Infotrac Newsstand. Gale. (was Custom Newspapers)
Coverage: 1980 to date. Plain text. Title list here (pdf)
ICON: International Coalition on Newspapers: Titles Preserved through ICON. Bibliographic information only. List of international newspapers preserved on microfilm. The Center for Research Libraries catalog includes specific holdings. Titles available from CRL via ILL. ICON's searchable union list of international newspapers; good historical data with preservation status and holdings information. Many languages.
Keesing's World News Archive.
News digest service. Coverage: Full text, 1960 to date. Citations and abstracts, 1931 to 1959. Plain text.
Coverage: early 1900s to date; varies by title. Republic of Korea--8 titles. Democratic People's Republic of Korea--2 titles. Format varies. In Korean; one Korean/Japanese/Chinese/English title.
Coverage: roughly 1980 to date. Includes televison and radio. Plain text. In Western European languages.
Latin American Newsstand. ProQuest.
Coverage: Mostly mid 2000s to date, some late 1990s. Title list in Excel. Plain text. In Spanish.
Library PressDisplay. ProQuest.
Full-color PDFs. Coverage: latest 90 days. Many languages.
Coverage: Current. September 2005 to date. Selected articles from news sources and newsletters. English translations from Arabic and Farsi. Plain text. Added links to current source home page when available.
Paper of Record.
[was http://cu.ola.paperofrecord.com/, now https://paperofrecord.hypernet.ca/]
Now part of Google News Archive [http://news.google.com/archivesearch]. Some titles in Paper of Record (e.g., a long run of Sporting News) are not currently available in Google. Paper of Record consisted of the page PDFs of an oddball selection of newspaper titles mainly from Mexico, the U.S. and Canada in English and Spanish. Recent discussion on this Google News Help thread. Paper of Record recently reappeared as a subscription database.
Extensive indexing of several major and regional newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, the New York Post, the Orlando Sentinel, the Boston Herald, the Providence Journal, Newsday, the San Diego Union Tribune, the St. Petersburg Times, the Eugene Register-Guard, and the Jerusalem Post. Coverage varies widely; some titles covered from inception. Plain text citations and, usually, abstracts. Full-text articles are offered for a fee; plain text of current month's articles often available free. List of titles and dates covered.
ProQuest Digital Microfilm.
The New York Times (2008- ), Wall Street Journal (2008- ), and Washington Post (2008- ), the Chicago Tribune (2008- ), and the Los Angeles Times (2008- ). Plus eighty-one additional newspapers from the U.S. and Canada. Start dates for these 81 titles varies from January 1, 2008 to January 1, 2011. Scanned pages from the microfilm versions. Not searchable.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
Titles included: The New York Times (1851-2009), Wall Street Journal (1889-1996), and Washington Post (1877-1997), the Chicago Tribune (1849-1990), the Los Angeles Times (1881-1990), and the Boston Globe (1872-1982). African-American newspapers: Chicago Defender (1910-1975), New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993), and the Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002). International: the Times of India (1838-2004). PDFs scanned from microfilm. English. Advertising content is searchable. Choose to search a single newspaper or cross-search any combination of newspapers in this collection.
ProQuest Newspapers: Ithaca Journal and Press & Sun Bulletin (Binghamton). [no direct URL]; subscription.
Not to be confused with ProQuest Historical Newspapers. A current, cross-searchable collection of two regional newspapers, the Ithaca Journal and the Press & Sun Bulletin (Binghamton). Go to the ProQuest search page, click on the link "42 databases" at the top, unclick "Select all," click only the checkbox(es) for the Ithaca Journal and/or the Press & Sun Bulletin, then click the "Use Selected Databases" button and enter your search.
Coverage: Press & Sun Bulletin: 1/1/1999- ; Ithaca Journal: 8/9/1999- . Plain text.
Summon article search.
Although not exclusively a newspaper searching database, Summon indexes a large number of newspaper articles and provides links to the article full text online in most cases. Run your search, then limit to news content by clicking Newspaper Articles under Content Type.
Coverage: about 1700 to date. In English and European languages.
Television News Archive, Vanderbilt University.
Coverage: 1968 to date. More than 30,000 individual network evening news broadcasts from major U.S. national broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN, and more than 9,000 hours of special news-related programming including ABC's Nightline (since 1989). Includes commercials, searchable by brand name. Streaming video, transcripts.
[Le] Temps: Archives historiques.
The Journal de Genève, Gazette de Lausanne and the Nouveau Quotidien, forerunners of Le Temps. Coverage: 1798 to 1998. In French. Search interface in French, German, English, Italian.
Coverage: Twelve Icelandic newspapers including Morgunbaðið (1913-2011) and DV: Dablaðið Vísir (1981-2006). PDFs. Cross-searchable. In Icelandic.
Times [of London] Digital Archive/Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive. Gale NewsVault.
Coverage: Times, 1765-2006; Literary Supplement, 1902-2007. PDFs scanned from microfilm. Cross-searchable.
World News Connection.
English translations of content from news sources worldwide. Coverage: 1995-2013. (Coverage ended 12/31/2013). Includes television and radio. Plain text. Continues Foreign Broadcast Information Service. Original content in many languages.
World Newspaper Archive.
[http://www.crl.edu/collaborative-digitization/world-newspaper-archive]; available to Center for Research Library member institutions (Cornell is a member).
Coverage: around 1800 to 1922. Four modules: Africa, East European Newspapers (forthcoming), Latin America, and South Asia. Full text searchable PDFs. An important new source of primary news sources from these areas. In diverse languages from the regions covered.