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Newspapers & news services: Frequently Asked Questions

How do I look up if UOW has a specific newspaper title?

Use a title search on the name of the newspaper in our A-Z Journals List and/or SEARCH. For example Illawarra Mercury.

If UOW has access it will show you:

  • for online newspapers – which database(s) to access and the date range available within that database
  • for hard copy/microfilm* newspapers – the relevant campus library, physical format, location, call number and date range held

*Microfilm copies of older newspapers held at UOW Wollongong campus are located in the Microfilm cabinets collection on Level 1. Use the nearby Microform reader workstation to view and save copies of articles from these reels. If you need help with using this equipment please ask library staff.

Also at the Wollongong campus, a small number of hardcopy old newspapers and weekly magazines are held in the Archives Collection. These are very fragile due to their age. You will need to check with the Archives staff if you would like to view any of these items.

What about access to newspapers at other libraries?

National and State libraries

Explore what may be available from other libraries. For example, both the State Library of New South Wales and the National Library of Australia have large collections of Australian and overseas newspapers. This includes many online and digitised titles. If you live within NSW you can join one or both these libraries as an individual member at no charge and have free remote access to selected newspaper databases.

Public libraries in NSW

Check with the staff at your closest local public library. Public libraries around NSW have onsite access to a range of newspaper databases via the NSW State Library's Public Library Services network.

In addition each individual public library will hold its own hardcopy collection of newspaper resources relating to its local region. For example Wollongong City Library holds several local Illawarra and Sydney newspapers which are not held by UOW's Wollongong Campus Library.

What about access via newspaper publisher websites?

You can try browsing or searching news archives available on newspaper publishers' own websites.

See our Finding Specific Newspapers page for useful directories.

Recent articles are usually free. Access to the full-text of older articles is sometimes available for a fee.*

* Tip: Note the dates for specific articles, then check if the relevant newspaper issues are available via either our UOW library or your nearest public library.

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