Access Online Newspapers

Newspapers: some people view them as archaic and unnecessary, while others recognize them as an important way to spread vital information. Whether you fall in the first category and are required to use newspapers for an assignment, or if you genuinely want to explore the daily news, Brookens has you covered.

To access newspapers:

The first thing you’ll want to do is head to the library’s website and select the blue Databases icon. From there you’ll want to click A-Z Databases, filter by type, and select Newspapers.

As you’ll be able to see, we have many different options, including some popular sources like the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. Once you select a source, you’ll then be able to enter your search terms and get results! The process is pretty simple, but if you have trouble finding what you need, librarians can help you through research consultations or live chat.

To access archived newspapers:

Another cool source you have access to through the library is, which allows users to explore old, archived newspapers. The website has informational videos about how to search their website, so once you’ve familiarized yourself, you can read up on some local history with the “Illinois State Register,” which has clippings from the 1800s. is an interesting way to learn about local history, and even if you aren’t from Springfield or looking for Springfield history, there are thousands of other newspapers available on the website. 

Next time you’re wondering how to supplement your research or where to find important news articles, remember that the library has plenty of options to help you out. Even if you don’t need newspapers for research, you can still access them for entertainment or if you’re wanting to diversify your knowledge of the world!

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