News Research Guide

This guide details the library's print and electronic newspaper holdings and identifies major online sources of news articles.

Online News Databases

Online Newspapers

  • The New York Times (
    • Provides unlimited access to the New York Times' content from 1861.  National and international news, arts, politics, and legal news.  Includes coverage of important speeches and documents, Supreme Court opinions, and transcripts of presidential press conferences.  Registration required.  Follow the instructions on Lauinger Library's New York Times guide and complete instructions before accessing.  
  • The Washington Post (
    • Direct access to for Georgetown Law students, faculty, and staff. Full coverage of national, international, and local news.  The Washington Post is renowned for its political reporting, editorials, and columnists.  Use your email address (rather than to set up an account to use the app or website for off-campus access. More information on Lauinger Library's Washington Post Guide.

Historical Newspapers

Historical Newspapers - Separate databases that provide searchable access to older newspapers. Most of the newspapers provide PDFs of the articles.


Chronicling America (Library of Congress) is a searchable database of many smaller digitized newspapers published in the United States from 1777-1963. It also offers a U.S. Newspaper Directory for newspapers published from 1690 until today. This project is in conjunction with the National Digital Newspaper Project. It can be very helpful for historical research.

Legal News Sources

There are several legal newspapers published throughout the United States. Most are currently printed online only. Some of the most widely read legal news sources include:

Internet Resources

Virtually every newspaper maintains its own website with an archives of back issues on the web. However, some articles from the print version of a newspaper have been edited and/or may not be included in the online archives and many archives charge for retrieving individual articles. The following Internet sites link to various newspapers published throughout the U.S., as well as internationally.

Google News - Search and browse 4,500 news sources continuously updated

Internet Public Library - Scan through states and countries to link directly to newspapers

List of Online Newspapers - International and U.S. newspapers that are online for free

Print Newspapers

In the Williams Library, daily newspapers are on reserve behind the circulation desk for 30 days. The library receives the following newspapers daily:

  • New York Times
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Washington Post