Getting hold of a known newspaper or magazine article should be a straightforward process in most cases. “Known” implies that a citation or reference for a newspaper or magazine article is at hand. The citation could stem from a book, a journal article, or a website. It may also come from a verbal recommendation in which case caution is advised as some elements of the reference may be missing or distorted. The Library will be able to furnish most newspaper and magazine articles either from its own collections or through interlibrary loan so long as the citation is correct.

The local collection should always be the first stop. Start with a simple search for the referenced newspaper or magazine in the Library’s catalog or Journal Finder database, link from there to one or more digital content providers, and browse for the cited date or search for the article title. Alternatively, one can also start with an Article Title search using the search menu on the Library’s website. More detailed instructions follow below. Articles which are not available in the local collection can be requested through interlibrary loan. Expect to wait one to two days for electronic delivery.

Recommended Tools to Retrieve Cited Articles

Books & Media
Select Journal Title and search for the title of the cited newspaper or magazine. Link from the catalog record to the digital archive. Note that not all newspapers and magazines are electronically available. Some are only available in print or microfilm format. Newspapers and magazines that are part of aggregate archives such as America's Historical Newspapers and Nexis-Uni are not always listed in the catalog.

Journal Finder
Finds newspapers and magazines that are locally available. Note that this database only identifies electronic holdings including public domain and open access content. It also includes a fair amount of open access content. Local print and microfilm holdings are not listed.

Articles & More Search
Select Article Title from the search menu and use quotation marks to limit results. This catalog only links to electronically available content. Local print and microfilm holdings are not listed. Useful search operators include:
- Exclude articles at other libraries
This operator is active in the default setting. Change the default to discover content outside the local collection. Use interlibrary loan services to request articles from other libraries.
- Format
Select News to narrow results to newspapers and magazines.

Databases A-Z
Presents the Library's databases in alphabetical order. Includes major newspaper archives such as the New York Times archive and collections of aggregated newspapers and magazines such as British Periodicals and American Indian Newspapers.

Interlibrary Loan Services
Request articles that are not available in the local collection through interlibrary loan. Enter citation information into the online request form. Electronic delivery takes generally one to two days.