Answered By: Deborah Kelley-Milburn
Last Updated: Jul 28, 2017     Views: 404

Note: this FAQ explains how to get online access to the print edition of a newspaper using Harvard’s databases. For more information on how to get access to the digital edition of a newspaper (e.g., see our FAQ on Will Harvard subscribe to the digital editions of popular newspapers?

The most reliable way to find out how Harvard provides access to a specific newspaper is through HOLLIS+: search for the newspaper by title and then follow the "View Online" link. You may be presented with a menu of networked resources: choose the option that matches the date range you're interested in. For recent news, licensed databases usually give you access to the text of the articles, but not page images. By contrast, databases for historical newspapers often include page images as well as searchable text.

It can sometimes be tricky to find out which HOLLIS+ record corresponds to current issues of the paper: pay attention to place of publication and look for a record that has a start date but not an end date. See, for example, our records for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, The Times of London, and Le Monde.


The HOLLIS record will also tell you whether Harvard has the newspaper in microfilm or in print. If we don’t have online access for the dates you’re interested in, you may be able to use a licensed database (e.g. Periodicals Index Online), or a free online search tool to identify relevant articles that you can then access via microfilm. For more in-depth guidance on doing newspaper research, see our Guide to Newspapers and Newspaper Indexes. For magazine research, you’ll find additional guidance under Finding Articles in General and Popular Periodicals.

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