Category Archives: News

Using newspapers in your research

Newspapers are wonderful resources for both historical and contemporary research not only providing a record of events, politics, the law and international affairs but also rich information about the zeitgeist of the age, social and cultural life, language and much more.

However, newspapers can be tricky to use in research. Tracking down papers can be difficult not least because historical newspapers are spread across a range of digital resources whilst in the modern age the huge scale of the resources available and the plethora of editions can make research tricky.    Mastering the appropriate resources in order to search them effectively and to make the most of the items you find can also be a challenge.

To develop your skills in using newspapers in research, why not come to the Bodleian Libraries’ iSkills session Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th-21st centuries on Tuesday 26 May 14.00-15.30. During the session we will look at a wide range of resources for both historical and contemporary research and how to make best use of them.  > Find out more about this course and book a place.

Using news in your research

News sources are primary resources for researching political and social issues.  However, tracking down news stories is surprisingly tricky.   Come along to WISER: Searching online news sources next week to find out how to use Nexis UK, Factiva and Proquest to find news items to support your research.  The session will include a demonstration and opportunities to practice using the databases.

The session will take place Friday 16 November 10.15-12.15. Please book your place online.