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If you don't see an online version in the library catalog or it is the wrong time period, try finding freely available digitized versions through:
Note: if you find an online newspaper that allows free searching, but doesn't provide the full text of the article for free, don't pay for the article. If it provides the full citation (article title, newspaper title, date, page numbers), use request a scan through interlibrary loan.
If an online searchable version of the newspaper is not available, there may be an index available to help you identify articles on your topic. Some indexes are created by a public library for their local newspaper or by a company for larger regional/national newspapers. To find an index:
If you find a print index, you can try requesting the year(s) you need through interlibrary loan, but you may need to visit a library that has it or contact librarians at that institution for assistance.
If there is no online version or indexing available, you will need to go through the newspaper (most likely on microfilm) yourself to find articles of interest. This process is easier if you are looking for articles about a particular event so that you can limit your browsing to a few issues before and/or after the date. If you are looking for a general topic (e.g., women during the civil rights movement) such browsing will be very time consuming. In this case, take advantage of research that has already been done on the topic. Search for scholarly articles or books and examine their footnotes to find citations.
If the library doesn't own the newspaper:
Since browsing through newspapers can be time consuming, limit your request to 10 reels at a time (1 reel is approximately equivalent to two weeks for a daily newspaper).
The following newspapers are available as separate databases that allow you to search the content of that newspaper only. To find articles from newspapers not on this list, especially current newspapers, search the library catalog for the newspaper title to get links to databases that contain the newspaper.