Newspaper articles

Newspapers and other media


Need to keep up with the latest news about your topic? Or gauge public opinion? Newspapers and the media can be ideal for this.

Advantages Disadvantages
Useful for topical information, government initiatives, specific events and cases, public opinion Written by journalists (who are not experts). Do not have the authority of academic materials, e.g. journals
Quick to search in electronic format Articles may not be researched in depth; there may be inaccuracies
  Articles may be biased
  Articles may be sensationalised in order to sell more copies

Electronic newspapers

Most newspapers have free online editions (sometimes with archives of back copies). However, articles in the free online editions may be abbreviated and their archives are unlikely to go back for many years. 

Full text newspapers articles (identical to the printed version) may be found by using the University's newspaper databases which have huge archives covering more than 20 years in some cases.

  • NewsBank Newspapers UK- Simultaneously search all the national and many of the local UK and Ireland newspapers for the past 10 years. All articles are full text and you may print, save or e-mail any useful articles that you find.
  • Access World News – Simultaneously search newspaper articles from around the world fro the last 30 years. Areas covered include: Africa, Asia, Europe, the Russian Federation, the Pacific Rim, Central and South America, and the Middle East.

For further information on newspapers taken by the library (including databases of historic newspaper articles back to 1600) and online news services click here.

Printed newspapers

Printed copies of newspapers (e.g. The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer, The Times) are kept in the journals section on Level 1 of Polhill Library (for one month) and on Level 0 at Park Square (for six months). The latest editions are displayed on the Ground Floor at Polhill Library and on Level 1 at Park Square LRC.

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