Skip to Main Content

bullhorn iconFor FAQs and current status of services and policies see UW Libraries Operations Updates

Research Guides

Why Use News?

One way to get look at current events or a glimpse of the past is to read what people read, to see what people saw. This evidence can take a myriad of forms: oral histories, films, audio, advertisements, books, photographs, newspapers, tweets (for history since 2006) and more. The sources to access for the 20th century are newspapers.

Newspapers are a primary source providing a first rough draft of events. Since most newspapers are local in scope, there is good coverage of local issues. Newspapers also provide a good feel for the time period.

Global News Sources

New Newspaper Subscriptions!


United States News Sources

Washington State News Sources