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This guide contains information about U. of Lethbridge Library resources used for finding contemporary and historical newspaper content.

Databases for Finding Historical Newspaper Content

The following databases provide access to full-text content in historical newspapers.




Finding & Accessing Newspapers on Microfilm

How do I find microfiche/microfilm in the collection?
The majority of the microform (microfilm/microfiche) collection is listed in the Library's online catalogue and can be searched in the same way you would search for a book.  Copy down the call number and proceed to Level 11 to locate the fiche or film in the cabinets located on the east end of the floor (by the Prentice Institute).

Where are the microfiche/microfilm readers?
The microform (microfilm/microfiche) readers and ST Viewscan scanners are adjacent to the Woodworth Microform Collection on Level 11.

Where can I get help with using microfilm and microfiche?
Ask for assistance at the Library Services Desk on Level 10 during opening hours.

Subject Indexes to Newspapers

Indexes provide title, date, section, and page number details for articles on a specific subject. You can use this information to locate articles in chronologically arranged microfilm, print or digitized versions of the newspaper.

Reminder Regarding Digitized Newspapers

The article Illusionary Order: Online Databases, Optical Character Recognition, and Canadian History, 1997–2010 by Ian Milligan appears in Canadian Historical Review (Vol. 94, Number 4 / December 2013) and provides important reminders about limitations inherent in digitized historical newspaper content.

Local Historical Newspapers - Southern Alberta

The following titles are examples of historical newspapers published in Southern Alberta.

Southern Alberta Newspaper History

"Southern Alberta newspaper history" by Dr. W. J. Cousins appears on p.5 of the February 12, 1974 issue of the Lethbridge Herald. It provides insight into the nature of historical newspapers in rural Alberta communities. [Click to open article in new browser window]

Lethbridge Herald History & Origins

The article "Media Probe - The Lethbridge Herald: Factors Involved in Joining Chain" by Georgia G. Fooks appears in the Canadian Journal of Communication (1979) and explores the orgins and significance of this local newspaper.