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Your first stop for research: a guide to resources for International Relations

Newspaper databases

LexisLibrary provides access to UK national and regional newspapers (excluding the Financial Times).  Articles from the present day are included and coverage extends back to the mid 1980s.  To search for newspapers in LexisLibrary, click on the News tab once you have entered the database.  

Nexis provides full text access to Major World Newspapers. Date coverage varies by individual title, but is often from the 1980s onwards, including, in most cases, today. It includes a range of international newspapers and newswires, foreign language news sources in Dutch, French, German, Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese, and some television news transcripts. It is possible to search groups of sources (for example, UK Broadsheets, Major World Newspapers) or an individual title. 

Factiva Academic
Factiva provides access to UK and international newspapers.  Articles from the present day are included and coverage extends back to the 1980s.  To search for newspapers in Factiva Academic, click on All Sources once you have entered the database. From the Select Source Category drop down menu, select By Type.  Click on + next to Newspapers: All and click on the relevant heading, e.g. Newspapers: UK to select the source.  Then enter keywords for your search.  Please note the default date range is set to search in the last 3 months, but this can be changed if necessary.

The Times Digital Archive
The Times Digital Archive is an online full-text archive of The Times of London from 1785-2014.  It is searchable by keyword index, by category and by date.

British Newspapers
Access to the searchable full text of hundreds of newspapers and periodicals from the seventeenth century to 1913.

Financial Times
Global business and market news, industry sector reports, insight and analysis from the Financial Times ( You will need to register with the site before you can access the data.

UKPressOnline (Daily Express)
Access to over two million pages of the 19th-21st Centuries’ newspapers, from 1835 to today, all as published on the day they were published and all searchable by name, word, phrase and date. The ukpressonline database is a resource for historians and anyone who wants to explore history as seen by the reporters and commentators who were there.

Daily Mail Historical Archive, 1896 - 2004
Access to the Daily Mail archive for all articles published between 1896 and 2004. The archive also includes access to the Atlantic editions, published between 1923 and 1931.

19th Century British Library Newspapers
2 million newspaper pages selected by experts in the field of national and regional newspapers.

New York Times with Index (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Searchable full text, full page, and article-level images from the historical New York Times newspaper, 1851-2016.

Washington Post (ProQuest Historical Newspapers) 
Searchable full text, full page, and article-level images from the historical Washington Post newspaper, 1877-2003.