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HSTAA 110: History of American Citizenship: Primary Sources: Newspapers

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Why Use Newspapers


  • Coverage of local issues and events -- everything from high school sports to murders, from political controversies to obituaries
  • Commentary, cartoons and letters to the editor provide local public opinion information
  • Photographs and other graphics
  • Display and classified advertising provide Information about local prices, rents, jobs 

Keep in mind

  • Newspapers 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.

Where can I find other newspapers?

In addition to the newspapers listed on this page the UW Libraries has hundreds of other newspapers on microfilm.  These include additional local, national and international newspapers. You can find these newspapers in the Microform & Newspaper Collections, located on the ground floor of Suzzallo Library. The best way to identify what newspapers are available on microfilm is to use the card catalog in the Microform and Newspaper Collections. Scanners and printers are also available. Use the Pacific Northwest regional newspaper & periodical index to identify articles by topic published in local newspapers..

How to read a newspaper

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