How to Look Up Old Newspaper Articles

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How to Look Up Old Newspaper Articles
Newspaper archives can be a useful part of a research project. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Old newspaper articles can provide a wealth of information to those doing a professional research project, a school project or genealogy research. Old newspapers also offer researchers a good resource for wedding announcements, obituaries and major historical events.

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    Pay a visit to your local library. As a resource for old newspaper articles, your local library is the ideal place to start your research project. Depending on the technology that your local library utilises, your options for searching could involve microfiche or a computer-accessible database of scanned copies of newspapers dating back several decades. If you have questions about seeking out a particular newspaper article or event, consider asking a librarian for assistance.

    How to Look Up Old Newspaper Articles
    Your local library is a good place to start your research project. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)
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    Call your area newspaper publishers to find out if they have an online-accessible database of their archives. With the push to include technology in every aspect of business, newspapers are now opening up their archives to those wishing to access them. As a resource that will allow a researcher to gain a perspective on local historical news and events, you will find that your area newspapers are an invaluable research tool.

    How to Look Up Old Newspaper Articles
    Many newspaper publishers are scanning their paper archives. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)
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    Doing your research online, using resources such as newspaperarchive.com, can help you to add to your list of potential information sources. Additionally, online searching can provide you with much more in the way of varied information as you will have access to newspaper publishers from around the country.

    How to Look Up Old Newspaper Articles
    Online research puts a wide variety of information at your fingertips. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

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