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Finding newspaper articles, images and more using databases and indexes
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Newspaper searching

This is a guide to newspaper research. It lists research tools and gives tips for finding items when the date an item appeared is not known. The item you are looking for could be an article, personal notice, or an image in a newspaper. 

This guide identifies some ways for you to search online newspapers or to use online or printed indexes to find a range of newspaper content.

The guide covers current and historical newspapers such at The Age and the Herald Sun that you can access either through our eresources webpages or when visiting the Library in person.

If you already know when an item appeared in a newspaper then the How to find newspapers guide can be used to find online, microfilm and printed editions of newspapers.

This guide is aimed at researching articles and other content that is older than a few months, going as far back as the 1800s. For very recent news (including today's news, and news less than 60 days old), registered Victorian users can use PressDisplay to read newspapers in virtual replica format.

 

Newspaper resources

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Newspaper archives: free and paid services

Some online newspaper archives are freely available to anyone. Historic Australian newspapers is an example of this type of archive which includes The Argus published in Melbourne from 1846 to 1956.

Other online archives require payment, like Proquest Australia and New Zealand Newsstand. Libraries pay an annual fee to the providers of these type of newspaper archives. Our registered Victorian users are permitted free access to the archives that we subscribe to.

Be aware if you are accessing a free archive or one which requires you to be a registered user of a library. If you try to access a subscription-based newspaper archive without being a registered user then your access will be blocked.

Our Online newspapers guide lists both free archives and those only available to the Library's registered Victorian users.

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