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News resources: Finding newspaper articles and newspapers

This guide is intended to assist SFU faculty, students, and staff in finding and using news information resources as well as listing selected print and electronic information sources pertaining to news media. 

Newspapers

Finding newspapers & news magazines in the SFU Library

If you are looking for a specific article and you know the title of the newspaper or magazine, search the A-Z Journals list in the Library catalogue to determine if the publication is available digitally or at one of our campus libraries.

British Columbia newspaper databases and indexes

PressReader
Includes an online replica of the print edition for the most current month of the Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Province, the Victoria Times Colonist, and  other BC newspapers.

Factiva
This database combines over 35,000 sources (newspapers, newswires, industry publications, websites, company reports, and more) from 200 countries, in 26 languages.

Canadian Newsstream
Includes indexing & full text of the Province (1989-current, delayed 2 days), Vancouver Sun (1987-current, delayed 2 days), and The Victoria Times Colonist (1993-current, delayed 2 days) and many BC weeklies (most from 2000-current), as well as many major papers from other parts of Canada such as the Globe & Mail (1977-current, no delay)

British Columbia Newspaper Index
Indexes the Province, the Vancouver Sun, and The Victoria Times Colonist (1990-current)

British Columbia Index
Indexes selected articles from issues of the Georgia Straight, Vancouver Courier and the Westender published after June 2002.

Newspaper index [online or microform]
Created by the B.C. Provincial Library, indexes the Vancouver Province, Vancouver Sun, Victoria Daily Colonist (1900-1990).

Newspaper index of New Westminster Columbian (1956-1969) [microform]

Canadian News Indexes
1977-1979 [print]; 1980-1992 [print]; 1993-1996 [print]. See also CBCA Complete (including Current Events) and/or Canadian Newsstream for more recent years. Note: the Vancouver Sun is the only BC newspaper indexed in this source.

Vancouver Province Index
Covers 1960-1979 [print]. Located in the Lam collection.

Chinese Times
The Chinese Times newspaper was published in Vancouver for the period 1914-1992.

Canadian newspapers, news magazines and broadcast media

PressReader
Current issues of newspapers from around the world. Some newspapers include the provision for language translation and/or audio of stories, once selected.

Factiva
This database combines over 35,000 sources (newspapers, newswires, industry publications, websites, company reports, and more) from 200 countries, in 26 languages.

Canadian Newsstream
Fulltext of major Canadian newspapers and Canwest's small-market BC papers

Repère [print]
Citations to articles in French language periodicals published in Quebec and the rest of Canada.

CBCA Complete
Indexes the Globe and Mail (1993- ); National Post (Oct 27, 1998-); Toronto Star (1982-2001) and news magazines such as Maclean's (1982-current); other major Canadian newspapers from 1982-2001 only). Also includes transcripts of selected CTV and CBC news and documentary programs (usually only until 2002).

Globe & Mail -- Canada's Heritage from 1844
Full-text archive including every image, advertisement, classified ad, birth and death notice, covering 1844-2000.

Canadian News Indexes
1977-1979 [print], 1980-1992 [print], 1993-1996 [print]. Covers the Montreal Star, Toronto Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, and Winnipeg Free Press. See also CBCA Complete and/or Canadian Newsstream for more recent years.

Maclean's (1905-current )

World newspapers and news magazines

PressReader
Current issues of newspapers from around the world. Some newspapers include the provision for language translation and/or audio of stories, once selected.

Factiva
This database combines over 35,000 sources (newspapers, newswires, industry publications, websites, company reports, and more) from 200 countries, in 26 languages.

LexisNexis
Indexes newspapers from around the world, in English and other languages. Includes transcripts from the major television and radio networks

Academic Search Complete
Index with some full text of news magazines, popular magazines and academic journals.

Readers' Guide Abstracts
Index to popular general interest magazines.

Alternative Press Index
Index to to alternative & radical media.

Historical New York Times
Full coverage from 1851-4 years ago. More recent articles can be found via LexisNexis.

Historical Newspapers
Includes the Washington Post (1877 - 1990); Wall Street Journal (1889 - 1989); New York Times (1851-4 years ago (36-month embargo)).

Times digital archive
Full-text and full-image articles from the Times of London for the years 1785-1985.Use LexisNexis to find recent issues of the Times (London).

Web sites for news providers

Google News and Google News Archive provide indexing for selected news internet sites, which will help you identify stories that contain your search terms. Full-text access is not always available.

BC and Canada

Vancouver Sun

The Tyee

Province

L'Express du Pacifique [Archives]
A newspaper of the French-speaking community in British Columbia. [Publication ceased 2011]

Canada Newswire (CNW Group)

Globe & Mail

National Post

Canadian Daily Newspapers (Canadian Newspaper Association)
Use Find a newspaper for a specific title or browse titles

CTV
Links to CTV News programs and local stations, including CITV (Vancouver)

CBC
Covers CBC TV, Radio One and Radio Two, including the CBC News Network and The National.

Global News
Includes links to local Global sites, including Global BC and Global Okanagan.

Worldwide

ABYZ News Links

Newslink: Newspapers

Internet Public Library Online Newspapers [no longer updated as of 2013]

OnlineNewspapers.com

BBC News

CNN

PBS: including Online News Hour, National Public RadioFrontline and other PBS news broadcasts.

AJR Newslink: Radio/TV

Alternative & independent media sources (see also the Alternative news sources guide)

Independent Media Center

MediaChannel.org

OneWorld.net

rabble.ca

ProPublica: Journalism in the Public Interest

Directories

Directories provide information about specific news publications, such as the name of the publisher, information about regional editions, audience demographics and (sometimes) circulation figures.

Canadian Advertising Rates & Data [online or print] -- covers Canadian print and broadcasting media

Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media [print] -- includes the United States and Canadian news media

Willings Press Guide [print] -- covers the United Kingdom and International news media

Ulrich's Periodical Directory

Associations and organizations

Canadian Newspaper Association / Canadian Community Newspaper Association
A joint initiative of the Canadian Newspaper Association and the Canadian Community Newspapers Association

National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada

RTNDA (Radio-Television News Directors Association) Canada " the voice of electronic journalists in Canada"

Canadian Association of Newspaper Editors

Newspaper Association of America

ASNE - The American Society of Newspaper Editors

The Online News Association

World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers

Statistics

Vividata includes readership data for specific magazines. Click on Readership and Demographics within the database. (Formerly known as Print Measurement Bureau, or PMB.)

Audit Bureau of Circulations: this organisation compiles reports on news media in North America. Most are available only to the newspaper or other media but some are available free to the general public.

Canadian Industry Statistics: Information and Cultural Industries (includes publishing, broadcasting and telecom, from Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada)

Articles about newspapers & news media

Overviews of mass media worldwide:

  • The encyclopedia of television, cable, and video [print]
  • World press encyclopedia: a survey of press systems worldwide [online or print]

Information about the newspaper, news magazine or news broadcasting industry. See also Communication databases.

Canadian Research Index
Indexes government reports.

CBCA Complete
Indexes articles in Canadian business and academic journals, newspapers and popular magazines.

Business Source Complete
Indexes articles in business/trade publications.

Academic Search Complete
Indexes business and academic journals; primarily American.

LexisNexis
Indexes industry reports and other business journals.

Style guides

  • The Canadian Press stylebook [print]
  • The Globe & Mail style book: a guide to language and usage [print]

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