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HSTAA 231: Race & American History: Primary Sources: News & Magazines


Finding Newspaper Articles

Additional newspapers are available on microfilm. Microfilmed newspapers are located in cabinets arranged by microfilm number on the ground floor of Suzzallo Library. To find out what newspapers are available for a given city use the card file in the newspaper section. Microfilm readers, printers and scanners are available to use. Check with the Help Desk on the ground floor for help using the equipment. Use the Pacific Northwest regional newspaper & periodical index to search for articles published in local newspapers on various topics.

Finding Magazine Articles

The following list includes both indexes to magazines (helps you identify citations to specific articles written on a topic within a group of magazines but does not include the fulltext), collections of magazines (some complete fulltext, others a mixture of fulltext and citations), and single digitized magazines. 

Browse printed magazines such as Newsweek on the on the fourth floor of Suzzallo Library under the AP2 call number area. 

Newspapers & Magazines as Historical Evidence


  • Newspapers focus more on local or national issues and events rather than foreign countries. Magazines tend to be more national in scope -- news magazines (such as Time) and politically oriented magazines (such as The New Republic) cover everything from politics to wars while specialized magazines provide insight into cultural issues and material culture and cover sports, entertainment, fashion and more
  • Commentary, cartoons and letters to the editor provide public opinion information
  • Photographs and other graphics
  • Advertising included in magazines are useful primary sources especially for the study of consumerism, gender roles, material culture, history of technology, and popular culture. Display and classified newspaper advertisements provide Information about local prices, rents, jobs, etc. 

Keep in mind

  • Newspapers & magazines usually do not provide in-depth analysis nor do they provide scholarly context for an issue. They really do focus on the who, what, where and when rather than the why of an issue or event.

For more information on using newspapers see: Analyzing NewspapersNewspapers & Learning to Do Historical Research Prowling the Periodicals