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News Articles

Tools for finding free local, Canadian and international news articles and editorial cartoons from major current and historic news sources.

How to find news articles
Current news sources

The following databases contain news articles from thousands of sources, typically from the mid-1990's to the present day. Often just the full text is included, and not photos, graphs, and charts.

  • Omni Newspaper search
    • Search across many of the big name newspapers subscribed to by the library for top stories. Limited ability to filter results.
  • Omni, Individual Newspapers
    • Search for a specific newspaper title.
  • Canadian News @ ProQuest
    • Canadian focus, from big and small papers from across the country. Many options to filter results.
  • Factiva
    • Canadian and international focus, and advanced filtering options.
  • Nexis Uni
    • International focus, including Canadian content, and advanced search options.
News archives: Library subscriptions

The following databases contain the scanned and searchable images of the entire newspapers.

Online Coverage
British Library Newspapers 19th century national, regional, and local newspapers
Calgary Herald 1883-2010
Daily Mail: Historical Archive 1896-2004
Globe and Mail 1844 to three years ago
Illustrated London News 1842-2003
Montreal Gazette 1785-2010
The New York Times 1851 to three years ago
Ottawa Citizen 1845-2010
Times Digital Archive (The Times, London) 1785 to 2010
Toronto Star 1894 to four years ago
Vancouver Sun 1912-2010
Windsor Star 1893-2010
News archives: free

Many libraries, archives, and other organizations have digitized newspaper content and made it available for free online. You can find titles listed by country on this Wikipedia page that is maintained by librarians from around the world (including the Laurier History Librarian).

The following collections allow you to search across a larger number of newspapers at one time (many of the individual titles are listed on the Wikipedia link above)

Local newspapers
Print and microform (major titles)

In addition to the online news archives listed above, the Laurier Library has several archival titles on microfilm, held either at the Waterloo campus on the 3rd floor, or the Annex storage facility. For current issues of these titles, see "Current news sources" above.

Title Microfilm
Barron's 1994-20091960-2009
Christian Science Monitor 1908-19251925-19601960-19831983-
Chronicle Herald (Halifax) 1981-2008
Le Devoir (Montreal) 1981-2006
Guardian (Manchester) 2000-20081981-1984, 1968-1980
Le Monde (Paris)  1944-1947
National Post  1998-
Wall Street Journal 1981-
Winnipeg Free Press 1981-2008
News summaries

World News Digest

1940 to present. Brief, full-text articles for general news, biographical and statistical information.

Keesing's Contemporary Archives

1931 to present. Provides summaries of world events derived from more than 1,000 daily news reports.

2005 to present. Please log out when finished. Concise briefs, in English, of items from Arab and Persian print, radio and television media.

Alternative news
The Black Panther
1968 to 1980
Editorial and political cartoons
  • Today's Political Cartoons (Association of Editorial Cartoonists)
    • Contains political cartoons - both national and international, for the past 7 days, with a searchable archive for political cartoons back to 1996.
  • SFU Library Editorial Cartoons Collection
    • The Simon Fraser University Library Editorial Cartoons Collection contains over 8000 original drawings published in Canadian newspapers between 1952 and the present.
  • News Archives: Library subscriptions
    • Using the sources listed in the section above, in your search change the "Document Type" to "Editorial Cartoon."