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Newspapers and Other News Resources: Newspapers and Other News Resources

Online newspapers and other news resources at the SXU Library


News comes in many formats, and from many perspectives. To be sure you have a balanced perspective, think critically about the source, the accuracy, and the intention of each news resource.

Consider the following possibilities and identify the type of News service you may be consulting:

  • Reporting - providing the facts of an event. 
  • Journalism - providing a balanced story, with context in regard to historical, political, and cultural considerations. 
  • Propaganda- providing partial information, and therefore a skewed perspective, on a topic for persuasive purposes (spin).
  • Fake News - intentional misrepresentation of facts for ulterior purposes.


Boss Tweed

Newspapers, in print or online, are a great resource for students. But the free online editions rarely go back more than about a week, or contain all selections from the print version.

Fortunately, the Library has access to several thousand newspapers from around the country and the world, many dating to the 1800s. The bad news is that there is no single search interface for all of them. You will have to do some digging to find what you need. Some collections focus on legal issues, some on alternative papers, and other aggregators collect articles from across many newspapers.

Because of copyright and other legal issues, photos, videos, and multimedia are usually not available in these databases. 

See other types of online news resources at the bottom of the page.

Fact Checking

Be a critical thinker; compare and contrast multiple sources to obtain a balanced perspective, and know the validity of your sources.

Use the following resources to review the accuracy of public statements made by politicians:

These tools will help you uncover fake news. "Alternative facts" is a euphemism for misinformation and lies.

Infographic about where along the Liberal-Conservative continuum various news sources are found.

Who Lies More chart of politicians. Alternative chart representation.

The Papers

Chicago Tribune. Articles from 1985 to the present. For articles from 1849 to 1984, use the Chicago Tribune historical files. Articles are in PDF format, and includes a PDF of the whole page on which the article was found.

Chronicle of Higher Education. News, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators.

Ethnic Newswatch. Articles from over 340 alternative-press newspapers, magazines and journals. Includes the Chicago Citizen (1991-), Chicago Defender (1999-), Chicago Independent Bulletin (1996-2007), Chicago Jewish Star (1993-), Chicago Reporter (2009-), and Chicago Weekend (1992-).

Google News Newspaper ArchiveIncludes hundreds of historical newspapers digitized and/or indexed by Google through their News Archive Partner Program.

Lexis-Nexis. Coverage varies, but includes articles from about 2,000 U.S. and international papers and newswires with an emphasis on legal and business news. Includes the New York Times since 2002.

Library of Congress Chronicling America program. Contains over 450 newspapers dating from 1860-1922. Selections are also available on the program Flickr site.

Newspaper Source. Coverage varies, but includes articles from more than 40 national and international newspapers, and selective full text for almost 400 regional American newspapers. In addition, full text television and radio news transcripts are also provided. Years of coverage vary.

New York Times. Articles from 1851 to 2010. Articles are in PDF format, and includes a PDF of the whole page on which the article was found. For articles after 2010, use Lexis-Nexis.

Wall Street Journal. Articles from 1984 to the present.

The Xavierite: the student newspaper of Saint Xavier University.The Library has copies from 2002 to the present in the lower level stacks, row 50, call number LD4865 .S27 X38 1979-. Issues dating to 1979 are in Special Collections. In addition, many issues are available online in SXU's archival collection.

With links to more than two hundred newspapers, Catholic Newspapers Online (CNO) creates easy access to current issues of many diocesan, national, and student newspapers. 

TV News

 TV News. Search and view transcripts from selected United States programs since 2009.

 C-Span Video Library.   Follow Congress, the White House, and the courts.


Web News Feeds

The following tools provide web-based news reports.

Net Top 20 News Sites.  A directory of the best of the Net.  In addition to the most popular sites, on the right side are lists of the 20 best sites in subject categories based on content, relevance, and popularity.  The most most popular sites for a category are short-listed, then visited and evaluated for relevance and content for the category being reviewed. The whole process is human-edited.

Europe Media Monitor. Three Web portals developed by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). News Brief provides breaking news and live news of the last few minutes; News Explorer provides daily news analysis across languages; and MediSys provides real-time news analysis on medical and health-related Topics.

CEO Express. A portal providing links to news, business information, and much more.


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