Printed copies of some daily newspapers (Guardian, Independent, Times and Financial Times) are available at most of the library sites, although they are not usually kept for more than a few weeks. Copies will sometimes be retained until we receive the microfilm or electronic version of the title. At Hartley there are also copies of International Herald Tribune, Wall St Journal and some Chinese papers though we do not keep back runs of these. Please see WebCat for full details of holdings.
Most microfilms at Hartley are kept on the far right of Level 1. We hold copies of the Times going back to 1785, the Independent from 1986 and Financial Times from 1970 and other Times Supplements, mostly in Cabinets 36 - 49. Local newspapers from the Cope Collection are also stored here on microfilm - for details of these holdings see Local History - newspapers. There are facilities in this area to read and print from both microfilm and microfiche. If you require assistance during office hours, please ask at the Enquiry Desk on Level 3.
Full text electronic sources
The University of Southampton has a subscription to the following full text services, Gale databases and Nexis UK. They are searchable by keyword and updated frequently, making them the most effective option if searching for more recent articles:
Gale databases give access to the following contemporary and historical newspaper resources:-
Gale's "Newpaper" database gives full text access to the Times (1985- ), the Independent/Independent on Sunday (1996 - ), the Guardian (1990 - ) and the Observer (1993 - ).
17th-18th century Burney Collection newspapers
The newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) represent the largest and most comprehensive collection of early English news media. The present digital collection, that helps chart the development of the concept of 'news' and 'newspapers' and the "free press", totals almost 1 million pages and contains approximately 1,270 titles. Many of the Burney newspapers are well known, but many pamphlets and broadsides also included have remained largely hidden. Newly digitized, all Burney treasures are now fully text-searchable in Gale Digital Collection.
British Newspapers 1600 -1900
The British Newspapers 1600-1900 is the most significant digital collection of British historic newspapers. New conservation and imaging techniques and a new cross-searchable platform adopted by the British Library offers unparalleled access and discoverability to this valuable historical and cultural archive. In addition one will find specially commissioned essays and contextual materials written by expert scholars intended to help non-specialist users with perspective and analysis.
Nineteenth Century British Library Newspapers
19th Century British Library Newspapers contains full runs of influential national and regional newspapers representing different political and cultural segments of the 19th century British society.
Gale NewsVault delivers the definitive cross-searching experience for exploring these three historical collections simultaneously; searching over 10 million digitized facsimile pages.
This database covers a wide range of local papers and national sources (including full text tabloids) and many European news sources in Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Formerly known as FT Discovery, it also includes a lot of financial and company information.
Indexes to newspaper articles
The University subscribes to several indexing services which enable you to search for newspaper articles by keyword combinations or subject headings. Please note that the term index means that a reference is given where an article can be found, but there is no direct link to full text.
The Microform area on Level 1of Hartley houses a printed index to the Times alongside the microfilms: Palmer's Index to the Times (1790 - 1905), followed by the Official Index to the Times (1905 - current). The Clover Newspaper Index (1986 -1998), which becomes the Newspaper Index (1998 - 2000) can also be found here. This indexes the Daily Telegraph, Economist, Guardian, Observer, Independent, as well as the Times, Financial Times and all Educational and Literary supplements.
- Palmer's Index to the Times (1790 -1905) is also searchable online but restricted to campus use only.
The following home pages are all freely accessible but you will not usually be able to access their archived material:-
The Reference Library in the City centre is a rich source of local material with microfilm copies of some titles going back to the nineteenth and even eighteenth century.
This page gives information on the British Library's newspaper collections. (Search the Newspaper catalogue subset on the BL Integrated Catalogue to locate the titles you require.)
This MIT-maintained page links to some freely available European and East Asian language newspapers. (For full text access to over 90 non-English European titles, see also Nexis UK above.)
For more online news have a look at our News resources page.