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!

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 Inter-Library 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. 
Other Current Newspapers

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.

Westlaw Campus Research: Law, News & Business — A comprehensive database of legal materials including federal and state statutes, codes, regulations, and case law materials. Also includes a number of newspapers, magazines, trade journals, and company information, making it a great resource for business and criminal justice students.

Newspaper Source (EBSCO) — Provides current information from daily feeds from the Knight-Ridder/Tribune Business News and Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service Newspaper Source as well as cover to cover coverage of The Christian Science Monitor, the 1996 Pulitzer Prize Winner for International Reporting, and coverage from national and international titles, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Hong Kong Standard, The Jakarta Post, and Jordan Today.

Other 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.