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 (LexisLibrary;19th Century British Library Newspapers; British Newspapers 1600-1900; UK Newsstand)
- National newspapers (UK & Ireland)
- News from Wales
- Overseas newspapers
- News services
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.
Access: On-campus and off-campus access permitted
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
Access: On-campus and off-campus access permitted
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
Access: On and off-campus access permitted
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
- 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.
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.
- Daily Express
- Daily Mail
- Daily Mirror
- Daily Record
- Daily Star
- Daily Telegraph
- Financial Times
- Irish News (Subscription only)
- Irish Times
- Morning Star
- TES Connect (The TES, TESS and TES Cymru)
- THE (Times Higher Education)
- Times (Subscription only)
- TLS (Times Literary Supplement)
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.
- BBC Cymru Newyddion
- BBC News Wales
- Cambrian News Online (Aberystwyth, Machynlleth and Llanidloes, Arfon/Dwyfor, Meirionnydd, South Ceredigion)
- County Times (Powys)
- icNorthWales (Daily Post, North Wales Weekly News, Flintshire Chronicle, Denbighshire Visitor, Caernarfon Herald, Bangor & Anglesey Mail, Wrexham Chronicle, Daily Post Cymraeg)
- ITV Wales
- NewsWales (current information drawn from more than 500 organisations across Wales)
- North Wales Chronicle
- South Wales Argus (Gwent)
- This is South Wales.co.uk (Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot)
- WalesOnline – Western Mail, South Wales Echo, Wales on Sunday (Cardiff, Caerphilly, Vale of Glamorgan)
- WalesOnline – South Wales Valleys (Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend & Maesteg, Cynon Valley, Merthyr, Neath, Pontypridd & Llantrisant, Port Talbot, Rhondda, Rhymney Valley)
- Western Telegraph (Pembrokeshire)
See also Online Newsagent for links to other news sources and newspapers in Wales.
- International Herald Tribune (the global edition of The New York Times)
For access to thousands of world newspapers (from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe) try one of the following websites:
The following websites include directories, breaking news, news monitoring and indexing services:
- BBC News
- BBC World Service – international news, analysis and information in 33 languages
- Channel 4 News
- CNN International
- ITN News
- NewsFilm Online – selected news stories and programme scripts from the ITN/Reuters archives (c. 3,000 hours of footage and 60,000 stories)
- NewsNow – online press monitoring service