Finding the News

Finding the News and Newspapers – where to find them and to research them

Traditionally, newspapers were unlikely to index themselves / their product. The indices often cover obituaries (articles about the deceased but not always the death notices) and major events. Libraries and historical societies and associated organizations indexed these valuable resources. With the proliferation of genealogy and local history companies and our ability to digitize and run OCR, there’s been a proliferation of digitized newspapers and newspaper indices on the web. This is a huge business now.

Help patrons look for contemporary and historical news articles, obituaries, and assorted facts.

  • Selected ‘free’ resources that are really aggregators or indices
  • Selected newspaper indices compiled by librarians and/or companies
  • Selected commercial products that provide access to historical newspapers.


Library Resources:

  • NewsBank
  • America’s Obituaries and Death Notices (NewsBank resource)
  • Newspaper Source
  • MasterFile Premier

Newspaper Indices compiled by librarians and archivists

Other Papers:

Historical Newspapers