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Primary sources


Many daily papers such as The Times and the Guardian will be freely available online but not all daily papers will be. Some may provide the current day or week but will charge for access to earlier dates, for example, the New York Times.

The two main databases for accessing news articles are Nexis UK and Factiva. These provide the full text of articles from a huge range of newspapers but do not include any images or the original page layout. The Library also has a number of databases covering back-runs of particular newspapers which do contain images.

A full list of the Library's newspaper subscription databases is available. The Library's Delicious pages contain links to some freely available news sources.

Nexis UK
Provides the full text of newpapers and newswire services from around the world. It includes the full text of UK daily newspapers from 1980 to the present day. It is updated daily.

Also has extensive English language and foreign coverage. The emphasis is on business and trade news. Note that LSE only has five concurrent log ins.

Proquest Historical newspapers
This includes the full text of the Guardian 1821-2003 and the Observer 1791-2003. It also includes images and displays the original page layout.

Times Digital Archive 1785-2008
Full text of the famous newspaper. Includes scanned images of photographs and original advertisements.

Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-2009 
Contains the full text of every article printed in these years. It can be searched or browsed article by article and page by page.

Unlimited access to FT.com’s award-winning news, comment and analysis from 500 journalists reporting from over 50 countries.

Archives and special collections

For information on the Library's archival holdings and services, see the Archives pages.

Official publications

The Library holds extensive collections of government and intergovernmental material, most of it dating from the early Nineteenth Century onwards. This material is largely catalogued on Library Search.

For guides to governmental and inter-governmental resources, go to the governmental and intergovernmental publications pages.