Newspaper articles can be a good source of up-to-date information on virtually any topic. They are also considered to be primary sources since they are often the first published account of an event. York University has a wide range of newspapers from all over the world and many parts of Canada. These may be available in many formats - paper, electronic, or microform.
To find newspaper articles, try searching an online or paper index. This guide lists some of the most useful indexes for:
- Canadian newspapers, including la presse Québéçoise and resources at the National Library of Canada and the Archives of Ontario.
- Foreign newspapers including American newspapers, U.K & Irish newspapers and other foreign newspapers.
- Alternative Press including publications from the non-mainstream press.
Some indexes provide the full text of articles, while others provide only a citation. A citation usually consists of the following information: article title, author, name of newspaper, date, and page numbers. If the index only gives you the citation and you need to get the entire article, see Find the Newspaper for more information.
Many newspapers have Web versions which are freely available. Some Web versions provide access to an archive of recent articles (e.g., the past seven days). Google News can also be a good source to search for articles on recent events.
If you are having problems finding newspaper articles, contact a reference librarian for further assistance.