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Archival Research

Using newspaper archives and cultural institutions for research

"This is what really happened, reported by a free press to a free people. 

It is the raw material of history; it is the story of our own times."

— Henry Steel Commager, American historian (1902-1998)

Newspapers can give contemporaneous context to large-scale movements and issues. They are a way of understanding the public opinion of a topic at a particular point and place in time.

Check out the interactive timeline below for an example of using newspaper archives and cultural institutions for research.

Note: The timeline is best viewed in a new window. Click the image below to follow the link.

Navigate to interactive timeline 'Using Newspaper Archives and Cultural Institutions to Research the Women's Suffrage Movement'

Key places to start your research

Newspaper content can be sourced from a range of different places. You may need to search across multiple archives to find newspaper content from a certain time period.

UniSA Library databases:

State and national library collections:

Which newspapers have been digitised?

Key places to find international news

UniSA Library databases:

Other places to search: