News and current affairs

  • Databases for current news sources

    • Factiva is an international news database providing an archive of 10,000 sources from 152 countries in 22 languages. It covers national newspapers, local newspapers, web sources, trade and professional journals and company financial details. 
      Search tips: Check this PDF guide How to search Factiva.
    • LexisLibrary is primarily a legal database which includes articles from UK national and regional news sources.
      Search tips: See our guide to LexisLibrary for help with searching this database for news sources. 
    • BoB (Box of Broadcasts) gives you access to thousands of recorded radio and TV programmes from an online archive.  It allows users to record programmes which will then be stored on the database.

    For help finding and using news sources, check the links below.

  • Newspaper collections

    • Seventeenth & Eighteenth century Burney Collection newspapers (via Gale Databases) a digital archive of 17th and 18th newspapers, pamphlets, proclamations and newsbooks published in England, Ireland and Scotland, plus a selection of papers from British colonies in the Americas and Asia. Use 'Browse Publications by Location' to view which titles are included.
    • Nineteenth century British Library newspapers (via Gale Databases) contains digital editions of various national and regional British newspapers from the 19th century. It contains contains full runs of 48 newspapers published between 1800 and 1900. Use 'Browse Publications by Location' to view which titles are included.

    Archives of individual newspapers

    • The Guardian and The Observer 1791 - 2003 (via ProQuest). The complete digital edition of the Guardian (1821 - 2003) and the Observer (1791 - 2003) with all articles, advertisements and illustrations.
    • Times Digital Archive 1785-2007 (via Gale Databases). The complete digital edition of The Times (London), with all articles, advertisements and illustrations.

    Tip: You can search the 3 Gale historical newspaper databases simultaneously (Seventeenth & Eighteenth century Burney Collection newspapers + Nineteenth century British Library newspapers + Times Digital Archive 1785-2007). To do this go to the Gale Databases page and select NewsVault. 

    Video news and images

    MediaPlus is a multimedia platform offering a wealth of digital image, film and sound resources available for use in learning, teaching and research. It is particularly strong for archival news coverage from 1910 onward and includes image and video sources from: AP Archive; British Paramount News; Channel 4 News; Channel 5 News; Gaumont British News; Gaumont Graphic Newsreel; Getty; ITN; ITV News; Reuters News; Visnews. 

    UK broadsheets

    Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph 
    Available online via LexisLibrary (October 30, 2000 –); Factiva (November 2000-)
    Microfilm archive: (including Sunday Telegraph) at Headington (1980-2002), kept in  Headington Library Basement.

    Financial Times
    Available online via Factiva (January 1982-) 
    Latest print copies available at Headington Library (Level 2)  

    The Guardian and The Observer
    Available online via LexisLibrary (The Guardian July 14, 1984- ; The Observer 7 October 1992-). Both titles also available via Factiva (November 1989-). 
    Older articles available via the ProQuest database The Guardian and The Observer (1791 - 2003). This is the complete digital edition of the Guardian (1821 - 2003) and the Observer (1791 - 2003) with all articles, advertisements and illustrations. 

    Independent and Independent on Sunday
    Both titles available online via LexisLibrary (19 September 1988 –) and Factiva (29 January 1997-) 

    The Times and Sunday Times
    Both titles available online via LexisLibrary (1 July 1985-) and Factiva (1 July 1985-) 
    Older articles are available via the Times Digital Archive (1785-1985). This is the complete digital edition of The Times (London), 1785-1985, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations. 

    UK tabloids

    The following UK tabloid newspapers are available via FactivaThe Sun and Sun on Sunday; Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror; Daily Express and Sunday Express; Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday; Daily Star.  To search Factiva for articles from a specific publication, click on 'Source' and type the publication title in the 'Find a Source' box.

    Historical newspapers

    Seventeenth & Eighteenth century Burney Collection newspapers (via Gale Databases) a digital archive of 17th and 18th newspapers, pamphlets, proclamations and newsbooks published in England, Ireland and Scotland, plus a selection of papers from British colonies in the Americas and Asia. Use 'Browse Publications by Location' to view which titles are included.

    Nineteenth century British Library newspapers (via Gale Databases) contains digital editions of various national and regional British newspapers from the 19th century.  It contains contains full runs of 48 newspapers published between 1800 and 1900. Use 'Browse Publications by Location' to view which titles are included.

    Tip: You can search the 3 Gale historical newspaper databases simultaneously (Seventeenth & Eighteenth century Burney Collection newspapers + Nineteenth century British Library newspapers + Times Digital Archive 1785-2007). To do this go to the Gale Databases page and select NewsVault. 

    Key database

    Factiva databases covers international news sources in many languages. Sources covered include::

    • French titles such as L´Entreprise, L'Expansion, L´Express, L'Humanité, L'Indépendant, Libération, Le Point, Le Temps, La Tribune and many others.
    • Japanese titles such as The Daily Yomiuri, The Japan Times, Kabushiki Shimbun, Mainichi Shimbun, The Nikkei Weekly, Sankei Shimbun and more. Searches can be made in Japanese if your keyboard has the capability.
    • Spanish sources such as ABC, Cinco Dias, El Correo, Expansion, El Mundo, El Pais (1995-) and others.

    These tips will help you search Factiva for specific international sources:

    • To search Factiva for articles from a specific publication, click on 'Source' and type the publication title in the 'Find a Source' box.
    •  If you want to search publications from a specific country, click on 'Source', then use the ‘Select Source Category’ drop-down menu to select Publications – By Region. Browse through the regions and countries, then click on the country name to add it to your search.  
    • The default Language setting is to look for articles in English. To change this, first click on English to remove it from your search. Next, click on 'Language' and select the language from the list to add it to your search.

    Selected foreign newspapers and magazines available from the Library

    • AERA (weekly Japanese magazine). Print issues are kept in the Basement of the Headington JHB Library, with the latest issues on display on Level 2. (1 September, 2008-)
    • Cambio 16 (Spanish weekly magazine). Online coverage from 2002-.
    • LCFF magazine (French monthly magazine). Print issues kept in the Basement of the Headington JHB Library, shelved at J 306.0944/L (No.15-, Feb.2014-)
    • Le Monde (daily French newspaper). As well as some online access, we also have print issues kept in the Basement of the Headington Library, with the latest issue on display on Level 2 (daily issues kept for 6 months). Also on microfilm: (1975-1993)
    • Muy interesante (monthly Spanish magazine). Print issues are kept in the Basement of the Headington JHB Library, with the latest issues on display on Level 2. (2007-)
    • Nouvel Observateur (weekly French magazine)Print issues kept in the Basement of the Headington JHB Library, with the latest issue on display on Level 2 (kept for 1 year).
    • Punto y coma (Spanish audio magazine, published six times a year). Online coverage from 2010-

    If you want to locate free news sources on the Web and want help with spotting fake news, check our guide to News on the Web

    • The Economist (1997-) Weekly magazine covering world politics, economics & business, science & technology, and the arts.
      Printed version kept at J 330 E in Headington Library.
    • New Statesman (1996-) UK magazine reviewing politics and contemporary culture.
      Printed version kept for 3 years at Headington Library J 300 N
    • Newsweek (2013-) US magazine covering international affairs.
    • The Spectator (2001-) UK weekly magazine covering politics, current affairs and reviews.
    • TIME (1923-) American magazine covering international affairs.
      Print version kept for 3 years at Headington Library, J 300 T

    If you are undertaking historical research using newspapers, you may need to visit specialist libraries:

    • The British Library holds an extensive collection of UK and Irish Newspapers at the St Pancras reading rooms. You will need to register for a reader pass to visit the collection, but some items are available online.
    • Some Brookes users are eligible to apply for membership of the Bodleian Library in Oxford. For more information check our Access to other libraries pages. Details of their print & online collection of newspapers can be found on their Newspapers page
    • NEWSPLAN is a project to preserve Ireland's newspaper archives. The project's Web site has details about collections of Irish newspapers available in the National Library of Ireland, The British Library and elsewhere.