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How do I find newspapers? Topic Guide

How Do I Determine if a Newspaper is Available?

The short answer: There is no one place to look!

You may need to use any or all of the following strategies - not necessarily in the order listed - to determine where and in what format(s) a particular newspaper is available.

Search Library Catalogs

Library Search - Many of Woodruff's online newspapers - and essentially all newspapers in print or microformat - are listed in Library Search.  Starting here may save you from searching multiple other sources.

WorldCat is the best place to find materials not available at Emory.  Search holdings of thousands of libraries worldwide simultaneously, and use Emory Libraries' Interlibrary Loan or Interlibrary Use services to obtain them.

  • Library version - advanced version requires Emory Network ID and password for off-campus access
  • Web version - less sophisticated free version

Newspapers are a designated category, or genera, in WorldCat. To search by genera use the code - ge:

Example: If you are interested in local newspapers from Newberry, South Carolina, do an advanced search. In the first search box, put ge: newspapers. In the second, do a subject search for Newberry. Here is the result.

Search Newspaper & Database Lists

Some databases are not synced with Library Search (examples: NewspaperArchive,, Chronicling America, the Georgia's Historic Newspapers, etc.) To find out whether these database have a specific newspaper, you have to use the title lists of these online databases.

Search Online & Paper Indexes

If you're wondering whether a newspaper title changed over time, try looking for histories of the specific paper in question or searching indexes such as the Library of Congress's Newspaper Directory.