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Newspapers and Other News Resources: Newspapers and Other News Resources

Online newspapers and other news resources at the SXU Library

Critical Thinking Required

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. The ideal is to find a resource in which "curiosity meets context". 

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.

REMEMBER, each news source has its own bias: Infographic about where along the Liberal-Conservative continuum various news sources are found.  


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.

Fake News: video discusses the many types of news and how to be critical when viewing various sources.

How to Spot Fake News by IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)

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. See below for examples of skewed resources.

NOTE: Consider these aspects of slanted news.

The Papers

COLLECTIVE NEWSPAPERS (by topic or containing aggregated content)

Newspaper Source. The first place to search, 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.


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-). (consider using subject headings and ethnic population categories)

Nexis Uni (new interface to Lexis-Nexis). Includes articles from about 2,000 U.S. and international papers and newswires with an emphasis on legal and business news. Also includes journal articles, newspapers (including the New York Times since 2002), wire services, broadcast transcripts, and United States federal and state case law.

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

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

Newspaper Navigator searches for images across over 1.5 million historical newspaper photos between 1900 and 1963.

U.S. News Map: The News Map features newspapers that are part of the Library of Congress's Chronicling America Historic Newspapers collection that were published between 1789 and 1922.  Search by keyword and select start and end dates; see and explore the frequency of the selected search term over time (via a timeline) and across geography (via pins on a map).

Catholic News Archive (CNA) and the Catholic Newspapers Online link to more than two hundred newspapers, and provides easy access to current issues of many diocesan, national, and student newspapers. 


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.

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 Nexis Uni (new interface to 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.

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.

News Feeds

The following tools provide web-based news reports.

Consider using a news reader such as Feedly to gather various news channels into one stream.

Pew Research list of top News Sites.  A directory of major network channels from CNN, Reuters, BBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC and FOX.  In addition to the most popular sites based on content, relevance, and popularity.  

Alltop allows you to browse through many news services and blogs at one time.

Europe Media Monitor. News Brief provides breaking news from an international perspective.

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

The Pew Research list of most popular news sites.

Analysis of most biased and least biased news sources.

The most reliable partisan news sources

limited "Central Index" search tool for news

   The new "Central Index" search database covers a wide range of materials including: Book chapters, book reviews, historical newspapers, business and legal news, some reference book material (dictionary and encyclopedia entries), selected web resources (web pages, videos, and open access books and dissertations). This tool simultaneously searches a number of news resources:  Ethnic Newswatch, Lexis Nexis Uni (legal and business news), selected key historical newspapers (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune). 

  NOTE: To expand the number of search tools to include additional web resources, select the "Expand my results" option on the top left once you see your initial results. This will include far more material from a wider range of available web material. 

  NOTE:  This tool does NOT search our Newspaper Source tool...which is the first place to search, coverage varies, including 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.

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