Answered By: Gannett-Tripp Library
Last Updated: Apr 18, 2018     Views: 17

To get an article or an entire issue of a historical newspaper through the library's databases, follow these steps.  (The instructions are for the New York Times, but they'll also work for the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.)

  1. Click on the link to the New York Times at the bottom of this FAQ entry ("New York Times - 1851-2007"), or copy and paste this link to get to the database:
  2. In the search screen that opens, check to see that you're in "Advanced Search" mode.  If you're not, click the "Advanced Search" link to get there.  
  3. Go down the page to “Publication date”.  Click on the drop-down list and select “On this date”.
  4. Change the month, date, and year to the specific date you want.
  5. Click the green “Search” button on the right side of the screen.
  6. The results will include only articles published on the date you specified.

To see full pages from the newspaper, click on any article in the result list, then click on the "Browse This Issue" link near the top of the screen.  You can look at a specific page by typing the page number in the box and hitting the "Enter" key.  The pages are set up so that you can read any article on the page that interests you by clicking on it.  Full pages also include ads, which can be viewed in detail by clicking on them.

You can search within the results for specific terms or keywords.  (Use the long search box above the results.)

Click on the down arrow next to "Document type" on the lower left-hand side of the screen to limit your results to articles, display ads, stock quotes, obituaries, etc.