How can I read recent (i.e. today's) newspapers online through Harvard Library?

Most newspapers decline to provide large institutions like Harvard with general subscriptions. We have to go through academic databases to access the content.

For local and national papers (NYT, WSJ etc) you can enter the title in HOLLIS.

For general access to today’s news: Harvard subscribes to two databases, Factiva (Harvard login) and Nexis Uni (Harvard login), that allow you to access articles from thousands of newspapers from 1980 to the present. In Factiva and Nexis Uni, you can search the news. You can also browse today’s editions via the “News Pages” feature in Factiva.

Important note: Harvard’s license to Factiva is limited to 6 simultaneous users. If you are user #7, you will not be able to access the content until someone else closes their browser, and you may or may not see a clear explanation as to why.

While there is significant overlap between Nexis Uni and Factiva, there are many titles that are available in one but not the other, and still other titles that are accessed through other databases entirely.

We have special "personal account" licenses for just a few newspapers. Use your Harvard email to register.

For information on accessing a specific newspaper, see our FAQ on “What's the best way for me to determine if a newspaper is available at Harvard electronically?

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