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Journalism - Newspaper Research

Find primary sources for newspapers, find MIssouri newspapers, International newspapers, historical newspapers and info on doing newspaper research.

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  • African American CommunitiesRestricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri  African American Communities contains digitized primary sources related to African American communities in North, South and Midwest, specifically, St. Louis, Chicago, Atlanta, Brooklyn and some North Carolina towns. Included are documents pertaining to the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing project, various urban issues around schools, housing and police relations, interviews with key figures in the African-American arts scene in Atlanta, and a complete run of The Messenger, characterized by the Justice Department in 1919 as “the most able and the most dangerous of all the Negro publications.” [more]
  • Black Press USA , the public news website of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), is committed to showcasing the work of NNPA member publications and to telling the untold stories of the Black community in the United States and the Black Diaspora around the world. 
  • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers Chronicling America provides a directory listing American newspapers published from 1690 to the present and identifying libraries that hold these papers. Images of some newspaper pages from 1890 to 1910 are available as a prototype of the National Digital Newspaper Project, which will eventually provide digital access to significant newspapers from 1836 to 1922. [more]
  • Columbia Missourian Archive (sometimes called MerlinOne)  Search for articles beginning in 2006 (currently there is no access to the 1986-2005 archives).  Please ask Dorothy Carner or Sue Schuermann  for username and password.
  • FactivaRestricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri Factiva provides access to more than 32,000 sources (such as newspapers, journals, magazines, television and radio transcripts, photos, etc.) from nearly every country worldwide in 28 languages, including more than 600 continuously updated newswires. It also contains business and financial data on companies from around the world. License terms restrict access to MU students, faculty, and staff only. [more]
  • Haithi Trust HathiTrust listen to pronunciation is a growing, global partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future.
  • Historic Missouri Newspaper Project Historic Missouri Newspaper Project is a database of searchable full-image of some years from 14 Missouri newspapers. [more]
  • Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and MagazinesRestricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri Contains 65,000 pages with articles, illustrations, cartoons and maps drawn from 49 periodicals, including 15 campaign newspapers published from 1860 to 1865, from four viewpoints? Union, Confederate, Abolitionist, and British. Every page has been scanned to grayscale or color standards at up to 1200 dpi. The database also includes essays detailing the background and importance of each of the publications and on Civil War topics. [more]
  • Independent Voices – Independent Voices is a digital collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals. These periodicals were produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBT activists, the extreme right-wing press and alternative literary magazines during the latter half of the 20th century. This collection currently contains 14,097 issues comprising 433,204 pages.  Dates -1950-2015
  • Newspaper SourceRestricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 national (U.S.) and international newspapers and contains full text for more than 300 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full-text television and radio news transcripts are provided from CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, NPR, etc. Access provide by MOREnet. [more]
  • NewsBankRestricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri Newsbank includes Early American Newspapers, Series 1 (1690-1876); U. S. Congressional Serial Set and Serial Set Maps (1817-1980); Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, (1639-1800); Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, (1801-1819); American State Papers, (1789-1838); World Newspaper Archive, which includes America’s Historical Newspapers and African Newspapers. [more]
  • Palmer’s Index to the TimesRestricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri This index covers the London Times newspaper from 1790-1905. Part of C19 database. The MU Libraries has the London Times on microfilm in the Special Collections department. [more]>
  • Regional Business NewsRestricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri Regional Business News provides full-text business publications, on a regional level, for the United States and Canada. Topics include; presidential candidates, franchise restaurants, the retail industry, business planning, political participation and more. [more]
  • World Newspaper Archive – African NewspapersRestricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri This collection provides access to more than 40 fully searchable African newspapers published between 1800 and 1922. It features titles published in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Languages include English, German, French, Portuguese, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Sotho, and others. [more]
Proquest Databases

Newspaper Data and Directories

Newspaper Directories - Circulation, Religious and Class Publications 

Current Newspapers

Alliance for Audited Media (AAM) 

Alliance for Audited Media (AAM) [formerly: Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC)] provides circulation statistics for several thousand US and Canadian newspapers and periodical publications. Reports include statistics on paid and non-paid subscriptions, including digital subscriptions, home delivery and single-copy sales and are in PDF format. Yearly audit reports also include geographic breakdowns of circulation and some demographic information on readership. Search by title, periodical classification, market area, or circulation size.

News media yellow book.  

This directory indexes reporters by beat. P88.8 .N48 - Latest issue in Journalism Library Reference

Historical Newspapers

Print Newspapers In the MU Libraries

Print titles located in Room 115, 1st floor of Ellis Library.

Due to Covid-19, most of the print newspaper subscriptions have been canceled.  There are a few exceptions. 

  • Barrons
  • Columbia Daily Tribune
  • Columbia Missourian
  • Kansas City Star
  • New York Times
  • St. Louis Post Dispatch
  • Wall Street Journal