e-Newspapers

Newspapers and news services are appearing on the Internet in ever increasing numbers. For your convenience, access to these resources is divided into the following categories:

News archives

An effective way to search the archives of UK national and local newspapers is to use either LexisLibrary (up to 25 years of archives available depending on title) or UK Newsstand. Selected newspapers from 1800-1900 have been digitised on 19th Century British Library Newspapers.

The library subscribes to these services, so complete access is readily available and free to University of South Wales staff and students.

LexisLibrary
Password: UNI
Access: On-campus and off-campus access permitted
Format: Web
Guide: Not available
LexisLibrary allows users to find and retrieve full text articles from the archives of national and local newspapers in the UK. It is updated on a daily basis – the vast majority of newspapers are on LexisLibrary by 6:00am on the day of publication. Up to 20 years of archives are available depending on title. Select the News tab within LexisLibrary to search the archives.

19th Century British Library Newspapers
Password: UNI
Access: On-campus and off-campus access permitted
Format: Web
Guide: None
The 19th Century British Library Newspapers collection contains full runs of 48 newspapers specially selected by the British Library to best represent nineteenth century Britain. This cross section of national and regional titles is a great resource for research into the society, culture and history of the UK between 1800-1900. Including some from Scotland, Ireland and Wales. For South Wales there is The Western Mail from May 1st 1869 to December 31st 1900. Newspapers that helped lead particular political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism, and Home Rule are here, for example Cobbett’s Weekly Political Register. The penny papers aimed at the working and clerical classes are also present, for example the Poor Man’s Guardian published between 1831 and 1835. Every front page, editorial, birth and death notice, advertisement and classified ad that appeared within their pages is easily accessible from what is a virtual chronicle of history for this period. Users of the database are able to search every word on every page.

British Newspapers 1600-1900
Password: UNI
Access: On and off-campus access permitted
Format: Web
Guide: None
A comprehensive digital historic newspaper archive. It contains 17-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers, 19th Century British Library Newspapers, 3 million pages of historic newspapers, newsbooks & ephemera and National & Regional papers from British Isles

UK Newsstand
Password: UNI
Access: On and off-campus access permitted
Format: Web
Guide: –

  • Contains 100 newspapers and magazines, including regional and national newspapers
  • All major national UK newspapers are included
  • Coverage from The Financial Times begins in 1996 and The Times begins in 1992
  • A full contents list is available.

The Library also holds back issues of its newspaper holdings in hardcopy and microfilm. A complete list of Newspaper Holdings (PDF) is available. Any newspaper articles not found using any of these methods can be ordered through the Inter-library Loans service. Please contact the Information and Service Desk if assistance is required.

Google News Archive
This is a collection of hundreds of digitised newspapers from around the world, freely available on the web. Depending on title some archives date from the 1800s, whilst others have just a few back-issues available to view.

National newspapers (UK & Ireland)

You may be asked to pay for access to archives (if they are available) on the following websites. Access to archives of UK national newspapers is readily available and free for University of South Wales staff and students on services such as LexisLibrary and NewsBank.

See also Paperboy UK Newspaper Search, BUBL UK Newspapers and News Sources or British Media Online for links to the websites of other UK & Ireland national and regional newspapers.

News from Wales

It is unlikely that archives are available on the following websites. Access to archives of UK local newspapers is readily available and free for University of South Wales staff and students on LexisLibrary or NewsBank. Alternatively, visit Pontypridd Library for wider access to the archives of local newspapers.

See also Online Newsagent for links to other news sources and newspapers in Wales.

Overseas newspapers

For access to thousands of world newspapers (from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe) try one of the following websites:

News services

The following websites include directories, breaking news, news monitoring and indexing services: