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News: 1985-2005

This guide recommends resources for finding information in the news - past and present. The UW Libraries has many newspapers on microfilm in addition to those listed here. For help finding more, email mcnews@u.washington.edu

Newspapers as Primary Sources

Social, economic, technological, and political changes began to dramatically change journalism in the 1990s.  Several events stand out during this time period including the debut of the Fox News Channel (1996); licensing of satellite radio (2001); availabity of the World Wide Web (mid 1990s). Patricia Dooley explains that "The late 1990s saw tremendous growth in online journalism.  The National Newspaper Association noted that during 1996, the number of online newspapers nearly doubled; by July 1999, only 2 of the 100 largest dailies did not have online editions."  New media technologies allowed anyone to publish and disseminate news, leading to citizen journalism that is expoding around the world today. 

Help: Analyzing Newspapers

*Dooley, P. (2009). History of journalism: 1995 to present. In C. H. Sterling (Ed.), Encyclopedia of journalism (Vol. 2, pp. 713-717).

Meyer, P. (2009). The vanishing newspaper: saving journalism in the information age."

Best Bets: News Databases

Search for articles about your topic published in newspapers around the world using these databases:

Help finding newspapers in the UW Libraries

  • Search our Microforms & Newspapers Collection database to see which newspapers we hold in print and on microfilm. 
  • Use UW Libraries Search to locate newspapers (online or on microform) by title or place of publication. Type in the place AND newspaper. For example:  Seattle AND newspaperOn the results screen choose the Resource Type "Journals" from the left toolbar.
  • Use the databases on this page for news stories published about your topic. 

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Washington State News

United States News

World News & Magazines