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Newspaper articles (International)

Factiva – International Newspapers contains full-text documents of thousands of newspapers, weeklies, and professional journals from several branches. The starting year differs per magazine, varying from as early as the beginning of the nineties through 2004. Factiva is updated up to the publication of the previous day.

Proquest Historical Newspapers contains full-text of:

  • The Guardian (1959-2003); London (UK)
  • The Irish Times (1859-2010)
  • The Manchester Guardian (1821-1825; 1828-1959); Manchester (UK)
  • The Manchester Guardian and British Volunteer (1825-1828); Manchester (UK)
  • New York Daily Times (1851-1857); New York, N.Y.
  • New York Times (1857-1922; 1923-2007); New York, N.Y.
  • The Observer (1791- 2003); London (UK)
  • The Washington Post (1877-1954; ); Washington, D.C.
  • The Washington Post (1923-1954; 1974-1994); Washington, D.C.


British Newspapers 1600-1900 contains:

Search National UK Newspapers: information specialist Phil Bradley built a search engine that searches UK national and regional newspapers. Many, not all, are available online.

Chronicling America: this site makes digitized newspapers (of those published between 1836 and 1922 in the US) available through the National Digital Newspaper Program. It also includes a separate searchable directory of US newspaper records, describing more than 150,000 titles published between 1690 to the present and listing libraries that have physical copies in microfilm or original print.

Indonesian digitized newspapers: A number of Indonesian newspapers and magazines are available in digital (pdf) format. Due to copyright restrictions these newspapers are only available on Leiden University workstations.

ZEFYS: access to digitized German historical newspapers.

Free digital archives. Many newspapers offer the opportunity to search their digital archives through their website. Sometimes even complete archives of various newspapers are available though the Internet, free of charge. You will find an overview of these newspapers on: Kranten-Historische-Startpaginaonlinenewspapers.com or the List of online newspaper archives (Wikipedia) .

Recent issues of several foreign newspapers can be consulted in the UB-Lounge in the Huygens Information Centre. The issues are kept for one month. Foreign newspapers in the collection of Leiden University Libraries can be found through our Catalogue, advanced search, file tab Leiden Collections.