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University Library

Online resources : newspapers, news services and archives

This page highlights some of the key subscription, and free to access, news and newspaper resources available to Durham staff and students. We have grouped these into the sections as indicated below to highlight a range of different collections and resources.



Current and recent UK and non-UK newspaper coverage

Nexis UK provides news and business information from a range of sources. This includes access to UK local, regional, national newspapers, international newspapers and newswires as well as foreign languages sources. It also provides access to a raneg of business information sources from industry and company monitoring and reporting services, and professional and trade magazines.

It is possible to search groups of sources (for example, UK Broadsheets, Major World Newspapers) or an individual publication. Coverage is from the 1980s onwards and is updated daily (although the update schedules of individual sources may vary). Access to certain freelance articles and other features within publications may not be available.

Access Nexis UK via the Libarry Catalogue


The Full Text Custom Newspaper Database, provides full text access to several UK newspapers. Content is usually updated within 48 hours, but may vary by publication.

Access Gale Full Text Custom Newspaper Database via the Library Catalogue.


Factiva provides worldwide full text coverage of international and US newspapers, trade publications, business newswires, press release wires, media transcripts, news photos, business-rich Web sites, investment analyst reports, market research reports, country and regional profiles, company profiles, historical market data.

Access Factiva via the Library Catalogue


Online Newspapers aims to provide an online directory of newspapers worldwide. Note that some of these papers will operate via pay-per-view or subscription access, and some may be subject to varying levels of censorship or editorial control.

Access Online Newspapers via the web.

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Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty journalists report the news in 23 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established. They aim to provide what many people cannot get locally: uncensored news, responsible discussion, and open debate.

Access Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty via the web.


UK Historic Newspaper Archives (Online)

The British Library Newspapers collections are being digitised and issued in successive parts, providing access to local and regional newspaper content from the UK from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. We currently have access to Parts 1-4, with content as detailed below.

  • Part 1: 1800-1900, Aberdeen Journal, Baner (Denbigh), Belfast News-Letter, Birmingham Daily Post, Brighton Patriot, Bristol Mercury, Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh), Champion (London), The Charter (London), Chartist (London), Chartist Circular (Glasgow), Cobbet’s Weekly Political Register (London), Daily News (London), Derby Mercury, The Era (London), Examiner (London), Freeman’s Journal (Dublin), Genedl (Caernarvon), Glasgow Herald, Goleuad (Caernarvon), Graphic (London), Hampshire/Portsmouth Telegraph, Hull Packet, Illustrated Police News (London), Ipswich Journal, Jackson’s Oxford Journal, Leeds Mercury, Liverpool Mercury, Lloyd’s Illustrated Newspaper (London), London Dispatch, Manchester Times, Morning Chronicle (London), Newcastle Courant, North Wales Chronicle (Bangor), Northern Echo (Darlington), Northern Liberator (Newcastle upon Tyne), Northern Star (Leeds), Odd Fellow (London), Operative (London), Pall Mall Gazette (London), The Penny Illustrated Paper (London), Poor Man’s Guardian (London), Preston Chronicle, Reynold’s Newspaper (London), Southern Star (London), Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post, Western Mail (Cardiff)
  • Part 2: 1800-1900, Berrow's Worcester Journal, The Blackburn Standard, The Bradford Observer, Bury and Norwich Post, Cheshire Observer, Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough, Dundee Courier, The Essex Standard (Colchester), The Huddersfield Chronicle, Isle of Man Times, Isle of Wight Observer, Lancaster Gazette, Leicester Chronicle, The Morning Post (London), Nottinghamshire Guardian, Royal Cornwall Gazette (Truro), Sheffield Independent, Southampton Herald, The Standard (London), The Star (Saint Peter Port), The Wrexham Weekly Advertiser, The York Herald
  • Part 3: 1741-1950, Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Reading Mercury, Salisbury and Winchester Journal, Yorkshire Evening Post, Perry’s Bankrupt Gazette (London), Newcastle Journal, Cornishman (Penzance), Leicestershire Mercury, Norfolk Chronicle (Norwich), Poor Law Unions' Gazette (London), Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury, Leeds Times, Stirling Observer, Birmingham Gazette, Cork Examiner, Essex Newsman (Chelmsford), Bucks Herald (Aylesbury), Northampton Mercury, Leeds Intelligencer, Hastings and St Leonards Observer, Morpeth Herald, Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald, Hereford Journal, Western Times (Exeter), Sheffield Evening Telegraph, Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette, Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, Tamworth Herald, Chelmsford Chronicle, Portsmouth Evening News, North Devon Journal (Barnstaple), Hull Daily Mail, Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, Westmorland Gazette (Kendal)
  • Part 4: 1732-1950, Aberdeen Journal, Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, Belfast Morning News, Berkshire Chronicle, Cambridge Independent Press, Cheltenham Chronicle, Chester Chronicle, Derby Daily Telegraph, The Dover Express, Dundee Courier, Edinburgh Evening News, The Evening Telegraph (Dundee), Gloucester Citizen, Grantham Journal, The Islington Gazette, Leamington Spa Courier, Liverpool Daily Post, The Nottingham Evening Post, The Stamford Mercury, The Scots Magazine (Edinburgh), Western Gazette (Yeovil), The Yorkshire Gazette

Access the British Library Newspapers collection via the Library Catalogue.


Provides an interactive research environment that allows researchers to cross-search Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) and other newspaper archives also accessed via Gale Newsvault.

  • British Library Newspapers
  • Daily Mail Historical Archive (1896-2004)
  • The Economist Historical Archive (1843-2011)
  • Financial Times Historical Archive (1888-2010)
  • The Independent Digital Archive (1986-2012)
  • The Telegraph Historical Archive (1855-2000)
  • The Times Digital Archive (1785-2010)
  • Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive (1902-2011)
  • Illustrated London News Historical Archive (1842-2003)
  • Picture Post Historical Archive (1938-1957)
  • The Listener Historical Archive (1929-1991)
  • 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers
  • See also Historical Pamphlets, Periodicals and Grey Literature Collections

Access Artemis Primary Sources via the Library Catalogue.


The Spectator Archives, held on Proquet's Peridocals Archives Online, provides access to issues of the Spectator from July 1828, through to December 2000.

Access the Spectator Archives Online via the Library Catalogue.


Non-UK Historic Newspaper Archives (Online)

The Australian Historic Newspapers service allows online access to historic Australian newspapers digitised as part of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program (ANDP), an ongoing project. The site contains over 21,000,000 digitised newspaper pages (as at November 2016) for selected years between 1803 and 1954 and coverage is expanding weekly.

Access Australian Historic Newspapers via the Library Catalogue.


Created by Presidential directive during World War II and at first placed under the Federal Communications Commission in 1941, the Foreign Broadcast Information Service [it has had several different names during its long history], was later transferred to the War Department, and then to the Central Intelligence Agency in 1947, where it has resided until today.

The original mission of FBIS was to monitor, record, transcribe and translate intercepted radio broadcasts from foreign governments, official news services, and clandestine broadcasts from occupied territories. These translations, or transcriptions in the case of English language materials, make up the Daily Reports.

These texts, and their subsequent analysis, have benefited the U.S. intelligence community for almost the past 60 years. Translated into English from more than 50 languages - from Amharic to Urdu - these comprehensive media reports from around the globe include news, interviews, speeches, editorial commentary and other materials.

Access the Federal Broadcast information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports via the Library Catalogue.


Historical Pamphlets, Periodicals and Grey Literature

Provides an interactive research environment that allows researchers to cross-search Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) and other newspaper archives also accessed via Gale Newsvault.

  • 19th Century UK Periodicalls
    • Part 1: New Readerships: Women's, Children’s, Humour and Leisure/Sport
    • Part 2: Empire: Travel and Anthropology, Economics, Missionary & Colonial
  • Thematic collections:
    • Eighteenth Century Collections Online
      • "Digital images of every page, for thousand's of books published during the 18th Century in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more."
    • Nineteenth Century Collections Online
      • "content includes monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, statistics, and more.C
    • Archives Unbound
      • "Archives Unbound presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level."
  • See also UK Newspaper Historical Archives

Access Artemis Primary Sources via the Library Catalogue.


A range of 19th century pamphlets from several collections can be found via the University's JSTOR collections.

  • Bristol Selected Pamphlets (1800-1899)
    • Bristol has a substantial collection of 19th century pamphlets, including the National Liberal Club collection, with pamphlets from the libraries of Charles Bradlaugh, John Noble, the Liberation Society, the Land Nationalisation Society, the Cobden Club, and others. Bristol's collection is especially strong on 19th century commerce, economics, finance, politics, religion and sociology. In addition to publications by Liberal Party members, it includes many pamphlets from other political parties.
  • Cowen Tracts (1603-1898)
    • Personal collection of Joseph Cowen (1829-1900). A social reformer and Member of Parliament for Newcastle (1873-86), Cowen's pamphlet collection dates, mostly, from his active years from the late 1840s to early 1880s. The collection reflects his interests in social, educational and economic issues and includes much local material.
  • Earl Grey Pamphlets Collections (1800-1900)
    • Still owned by the family, this collection was largely accumulated by the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Earls Grey. Charles was Foreign Secretary (1806-07) and Prime Minister (1830-34). Henry George was Under Secretary for Home Affairs (1830) and the Colonies (1830-34), Secretary at War (1835-39), and Secretary of State for the Colonies (1846-52). Albert Henry George was Administrator of Rhodesia (1896-97) and Governor-General of Canada (1904-11). The Greys were particularly interested in parliamentary reform, colonial affairs and Catholic emancipation.
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office collections (1545-1900)
    • On deposit from the FCO, this collection comprises the earlier collections of the Foreign Office and the Colonial Office. Both include rare publications from overseas. The Foreign Office Collection consists largely of pamphlets sent back to London by British ambassadors to help with policy formation. It is particularly rich in material related to South America, the Near East, and to the various great European political "questions" of the 19th century. The Colonial Office Collection is chiefly comprised of pamphlets sent back from Britain's colonies, including some unique early material from Australasia.
  • Hume Tracts (1769-1890)
    • Personal collection of Joseph Hume (1777-1855), Radical Member of Parliament. Hume's collection covers the major political, economic and social developments and reforms taking place in Britain in the early part of the 19th century along with the causes he particularly championed, such as universal suffrage, Catholic emancipation, a reduction in the power of the Anglican church and an end to imprisonment for debt.
  • Knowsley Pamphlet Collection (1792-1868)
    • The Knowsley collection reflects the political careers of the Earls of Derby. Edward George, the 14th Earl, was successively Irish Secretary (1830-33), Colonial Secretary (1833-34, 1841-44), and three times Prime Minister (1852, 1858-59, and 1866-68). His son, Edward Henry, 15th Earl, was Colonial Secretary and later Indian secretary in his father's administration of 1858-59.
  • LSE Selected Pamphlets (1800-1899)
    • LSE has a substantial number of 19th century pamphlets. Among its pamphlets are comprehensive collections of political party materials, including election manifestos and political cartoons. There are also collections from pressure groups such as the Fabian Society, Imperial Federation Defence Committee, Poor Law Reform Association, Workhouse Visiting Society, Liberal and Property Defence League, and from cooperative movements such as the Cooperative Women's Guild.
  • Manchester Selected Pamphlets (1799-1900)
    • On deposit from the FCO, this collection comprises the earlier collections of the Foreign Office and the Colonial Office. Both include rare publications from overseas. The Foreign Office Collection consists largely of pamphlets sent back to London by British ambassadors to help with policy formation. It is particularly rich in material related to South America, the Near East, and to the various great European political "questions" of the 19th century. The Colonial Office Collection is chiefly comprised of pamphlets sent back from Britain's colonies, including some unique early material from Australasia.
  • Wilson Anti-slavery Collection (1761-1900)
    • A collection of 19th-century anti-slavery pamphlets received in 1923 from the executors of Henry Joseph Wilson (1833-1914), the distinguished Liberal Member of Parliament for Sheffield. The collection is of particular importance for the study of the activities of the provincial philanthropic societies, such as the Birmingham and Midland Freedmen's Aid Association, the Birmingham and West Bromwich Ladies' Negro's Friend Society, the Glasgow Emancipation Society, the Manchester Union and Emancipation Society, and the Sheffield Ladies Female Anti Slavery Society. Of interest is the prominent role of women in the movement, who formed themselves into societies which lobbied MPs and printed pamphlets on the conditions of slaves. Here we have details of what was sold at their bazaars to raise funds and lists of names of subscribers, the minutiae which bring alive the history of the movement.

The Portal to newspapers and periodicals c1685-1815 offers integrated access to the Hope Collection at the Bodleian Library, Oxford (Eighteenth Century Journals I), the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center University of Texas (Eighteenth Century Journals II) and the British Newspaper Library at Colindale, London and the Cambridge University Library (Eighteenth Century Journals III). It brings together rare journals printed between c1685 and 1815, illuminating all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life. Topics include: the writings of Sir Isaac Newton; the French Revolution; reviews of literature, the theater, and fashion throughout Europe; the origins and rise of Romanticism; political debates; gender, religion, influence of the press, and coffee house gossip and discussion.

Access the Portal to newspapers and periodicals c1685-1815 via the Library Catalogue.


Newsreels, Audio and visual archive collections

A long terms series of projects, starting in 1969, to gather data on British Cinema Newsreels for academic study. The project has received funding over 5 decades from UK Research Councils, HEFCE and JISC.

News on Screen includes several distintc collections, including British Pathe Newsreel documents, Commentrary scripts for the British Movietone newsreel (1929-1979), the Slade Film History Register on more.

Access the News on Screen (1920-1983) via the Library Catalogue.


Media Plus, previsouly JISC Media Hub, provides a cross-searchable collection of video, images and audio from a wide range of sources, including ITN and Reuters archives, news sources, Royal Geographical Society images, Getty images, and incorporating the Education Image Gallery, Film and Sound Online and NewsFilm.

Access Media Plus via the Library Catalogue.


News Collections on microfiche and microform

The library holds collections of newspapers on microform from local, national and international titles.

You can browse titles or limit your search, using the icon at the top of the results page, by words that appear in the title.

News from today's papers

Note that some of the links below may require a subscription or pay-per-view agreement to access full text.