Locating Newspaper Articles

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Newspaper articles are a great resource both for current and historical events, and Mercer University Library provides access to a variety of local, national, and international newspapers.

If you need additional assistance, please ask a librarian!

Current Newspapers

U.S. Newspapers

  1. US Newsstream (ProQuest) — US Newsstream enables users to search the most recent U.S. news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites in active full-text format.
  2. Newspaper Source Plus (EBSCO) — Select "US Newspapers" in Refine Results section to limit to publications in the United States.
  3. Westlaw Campus Research: Law, News & Business — Click "News" -> select "All U.S. News." Further option to select the "Advanced" search option where you can type in search terms and limit a date range on the drop down menu such as "last 3 years" or "All Dates After _"

Worldwide Newspapers:

  1. Newspaper Source Plus (EBSCO) — Newspaper Source Plus provides a full-text digital collection of the world's major news content. It includes full text for more than 1,200 newspapers, more than 40 news magazines, news from more than 130 newswires, and more than 1.8 million television and radio news transcripts.
  2. ProQuest Newspapers — Provides full-text access to several major national newspapers, as well as access to hundreds of smaller newspapers. Coverage includes full-text articles but may not include advertisements, illustrations, or photographs.  The major newspapers that this database has access to are: Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Baltimore Sun, Christian Science Monitor, Hartford Courant, LA Times, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.
  3. Canadian Newsstream (ProQuest) — This database offers unparalleled access to the full text of over 190 Canadian newspapers from Canada's leading publishers.
  4. International Newsstream (ProQuest) — Provides the most recent news content outside of the US and Canada, with archives which stretch back decades featuring newspapers, newswires, and news sites in active full-text format. Includes more than 660 of the world's top newspapers, including The Times (London), The Bangkok Post, El Norte, Financial Times, The Guardian, Jerusalem Post, South China Morning Post, The Daily Telegraph, Asian Wall Street Journal, and the BBC Monitoring series of publications.
  5. Westlaw Campus Research: Law, News & Business — Click "News." You can then select specific publications to search within or an advanced search which gives options for limiters.
Local Newspapers

Mercer Cluster - complete run available (with some gaps) in the following formats:

  • Current issue: on newsstand at the Jack Tarver Library circulation desk
  • 1920-1970: available online through the Mercer Cluster Archive
  • 1920-1990: available, with some gaps, in print on the 2nd floor of the Jack Tarver Library.
  • 1920-present: available, with some gaps, in Special Collections, Jack Tarver Library. Make an appointment or drop in during their normal hours.

Macon Telegraph - available in the Jack Tarver Library and online for 1826-2006 and the most recent 3 months in the following formats:

  • Most recent three months: available in print on the 1st floor
  • 1836-1844 and 1885-2006: available in microfilm, 2nd floor. This resource is partially indexed by topic: the Macon Telegraph Microfilm Index covers 1921-1991. Please ask a librarian for assistance. 
  • 1826-1908: available via the Georgia Historic Newspapers' Macon Telegraph Archive. You will need to install the DjVu plugin (it's free!) to use this resource. 
If the library does not provide access to the dates you need, you may try the following:
  • Current articles: www.macon.com
  • 1860-three months ago: available via microfilm at the Washington Memorial Library.
  • 1994-present: Macon Telegraph Archive Search - articles from the most recent month are available for free, but otherwise you should use this resource to locate useful articles, and then get the full text via the Washington Memorial Library or Interlibrary Loan.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - available in the Jack Tarver Library, Monroe F. Swilley Library, and online for 1868-present in the following formats:

  • 1989-present: available through the ProQuest Newspapers database. To search within only this newspaper, go to the Advanced Search page and make sure that only this title is checked under the "Databases" field.
  • 1975-1999: available in microfilm on the 2nd floor of the Monroe F. Swilley library.  Please ask a librarian for assistance. 
Historical Newspapers

New York Times (ProQuest), 1851-2011. - Includes all the articles published since the first issue of the paper in 1851. Provides full text and full image articles with digital reproductions of every page, every article and every issue in PDF format. In addition to news stories, includes editorials, letters to the editor, obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, photos, and advertisements. You can browse issues by clicking Publications at the top of the screen.

Many local Georgia newspapers have been digitized by GALILEO, and can be accessed via through Georgia Historic Newspapers. Coverage dates vary, but none are more recent than 1922.

Georgia Historic Newspapers — The Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG), a part of Georgia’s Virtual Library GALILEO and is based at the University of Georgia Libraries. Since 2007, the DLG has partnered with universities, archives, public libraries, historical societies, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions to digitize historical newspapers from around the state. The archive is free and open for public use and includes over one million Georgia newspaper pages between 1786 and 1986.

The Library of Congress has a large collection of full-text digitized newspapers from around the country, as well as an online directory to help locate newspapers for a specific city/state and time period, although full text may not be available.