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Members of the OSU Community can access many newspapers electronically. Search for a newspaper by title below:

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If you can't find what you're looking for electronically, see our Finding Newspapers page for information about searching our print or microform collections.

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Live news, as it happens.

  • C-SPAN (National Cable Satellite Corporation) Provides live coverage of Congressional activities.
  • Statehouse News Bureau. Provides live coverage of the Ohio Legislature's activities.
  • USA Today. Updated 24/7 provides access to breaking events and news.

Why Use Newspapers?

Newspaper articles can provide a useful source of information, serving as a primary source of information about historical and current events. Some of the benefits of using newspaper articles as primary sources include:

  • Seeing how people viewed an event when it happened;
  • Providing multiple points of view about an issue, including a comparison of the United States and international views;
  • Permitting researchers to trace the historical development of subjects over time;
  • Examining issues in the context of their time (by seeing how stories about an issue relate to other stories, or by examining the type of coverage provided);
  • Giving a snapshot of a time period detailing how people lived, and what they purchased which is helpful for writers, playwrights, historians, etc.

Because newspapers also contain commentaries or retrospective articles about events, they can also serve as a secondary source.

Whether used as a primary or a secondary source, newspapers can provide a valuable research tool.

For more information about using news sources, see our news source tutorial.

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