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WRI 149/150: The Politics of Disease: News Sources

Comprehensive Guide to Newspapers

Historical News

ProQuest Historical Newspapers provides retrospective coverage of several U.S. newspapers going back to the first issue in full text, including:

Reader's Guide (1890-1982)

  • Provides comprehensive indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the U.S.

America's Historical Newspapers (1690-1922)

  • Provides full text of more than 1,000 U.S. historical newspapers from all 50 states.

International News


ABYZ News Links

  • Portal to online news sources from around the world.
  • Links to newspaper sites, broadcast stations, Internet services, magazines and press agencies.
  • Be aware the news sources are often not in English.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports

  • Provides full text of the Daily Reports mentioned above for the years 1974-1996.
  • At present, reports for Africa, Asia, Australia/Oceania and the Middle East/Near East are available.
  • Other regions will be added later. For regions not covered, see the microfiche reports mentioned above.

World News Connection

  • Continues coverage of the FBIS reports mentioned above from 1994 to present with full text.

Contemporary News


Lexis Nexis Academic

  • Provides full text access to news from across the U.S. and around the world.
  • Coverage of most newspapers goes back to the mid 1980s, but varies widely.
  • Click on the News tab at the top to begin your search.

NewsBank (Access World News)

  • Provides full text of many major national and regional newspapers from the United States and around the world.
  • Use the clickable map to select a country or state to search.


  • Database from Dow Jones & Reuters that provides full text access to various newspapers and news wire services.

ProQuest Newspapers

  • Provides full text of the New York Times (1995+), Wall Street Journal (1982+), Los Angeles Times (1985+), and the Chicago Tribune (1985+).

Alt-Press Watch (1970-present)

  • Full text database of newspapers, magazines and journals from alternative and independent presses.

Ethnic Newswatch (1960-present)

  • Full text database of newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press.
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish).

Google News

  • Pulls together related headlines and photos from Internet news sources worldwide.
  • Stories are updated continuously throughout the day- useful for breaking news.
  • Enables you to see how different news organizations around the world report the same events.

National Public Radio

  • Internationally acclaimed producer and distributor of noncommercial news, talk, and entertainment programming.
  • Provides a searchable, full-audio archive of programs back to 1996.

Public Broadcasting System

  • Site highlights PBS news-related programs, including Frontline, POV, NOW, NewsHour and NOVA.
  • Transcripts, audio, and video files of previous broadcasts are available.
  • Podcasts and RSS are available on this site.

Vanderbilt University Television News Archive

  • The most extensive archive of television news dating back to 1968.
  • Evening news broadcasts from the major U.S. national broadcast networks.
  • Access to TV-NewsSearch is free, but requires registration.
  • You may request video segments (on loan only) for your research for a fee.
  • The fees (up to a limit) are covered by our Interlibrary Loan Services, so contact a librarian before placing an order.