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Newspapers & News Searching

This guide provides an introduction to searching for, and in, newspapers in VIU Library’s collection and beyond.

Historical Newspaper Resources on the Internet

Historical Newspapers Online: BC

  • The BC Historical Newspapers project at UBC features digitized versions of historical papers from around the province, including these Vancouver Island & region papers:
    • Alberni Advocate
    • Coast Miner (Van Anda)
    • Crofton Gazette and Cowichan News
    • Cumberland Islander
    • Daily Ledger (Ladysmith)
    • Echo (Duncan)
    • Westward Ho! (Nanaimo)  ...more

Historical Newspapers Online: Canada

Historical News Online: US & International

Primary Sources: Newspapers on Microform

Historical issues of these newspapers are available on microform in the Library@VIU.


News clips from throughout history on major events, sports, human interest, and more. 

Historical Newspaper Indexes

To find information within historical newspapers you may need to use an index, which lists the headlines for a newspaper but may not provide access to the article or full issue. 

Searching for Historic Newspapers: Tips

Many historic newspapers are available for free on the Internet.

Search for  "historic newspapers online" or a variation on that phrase. Try including the name of the city or country in which the newspaper was published.

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