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Newspapers on the web

In the 1990s major newspapers such as the New York times and the London Guardian began publishing on the Internet. Many predicted that the end of print newspapers was in view, but this has not been the case as yet. Instead the Internet has provided both new sources of income as well as new methods of access. Following the lead of the major newspapers, most titles, large and small, have developed a presence on the Internet. Some useful sites providing access to these collected sites include:


Subscription portal to world newspaper sites available free to users within the State Library.


A free site gathering links to current world newspaper websites. Note that the newspaper sites are diverse in quality as well as ease of navigation.

Australian newspapers online

This National Library site provides comprehensive links to current Australian newspapers, city and country, including promotional sites. A few historic newspapers are included.

Historic newspapers

Almost as soon as newspapers began publishing online, they also began archiving back issues. The Guardian claims to be the first British newspaper to do this, followed in 2003 by the London Times. Both are subscription data-bases. In 2005 the New York times launched 'Times past,' with 51 million pages from 3,000 newspapers. This was made freely available to the public from 2007 and remains the largest individual archive. In the same year the British Library launched two digitised versions of its historic newspaper collections, covering a cross section of local and national newspapers from 1600 to 1900. These are available only by subscription.

Australia followed in 2008 with the launch by the National Library of the Australian historic newspapers web-site, covering newspapers for the period 1803 to 1954, with an initial 93 historic Australian newspaper titles. This is a free web-site.

ICON - International newspaper digitization projects The International Coalition on Newspapers has compiled this listing of links to newspaper digitisation projects world-wide, arranged by country. This is perhaps the most comprehensive listing of historic digitised newspapers available.

19th century British Library newspapers Coverage includes 70 titles for the period 1800-1900, from across England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Cornwall. This is an ongoing project. It is available free to users within the Library.

Guardian and Observer digital archive (London) This covers these two London newspapers from 1791 to the present. It is available only by subscription.

Times digital archive (London) Coverage 1785-2008. A subscription data base available to users within the State Library and via the Library's home access service.

New York times archive (New York) Coverage is from 1851 to current, but the years 1923 - 1986 require payment for full-text articles, although searches include free references within this period.

Chronicling America : historic American newspapers (Library of Congress) American newspapers for 1836-1922.

PapersPast National Library of New Zealand newspapers and periodicals 1839-1920. This is a free site currently containing 50 titles, and is an ongoing project.

Australian historic newspapers project 1803-1954. This includes more than 25 South Australian newspapers for the period 1836-1954.



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