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Using Newspapers.com for Research

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Newspapers.com has partnered with UNC Libraries to provide a valuable collection of North Carolina newspapers now available for use at the Government and Heritage Library. This is a subscription site, but you can register for free to clip and save an article or make a comment.

The database contains 3,332,166 pages of material from 1071 newspapers from all over the state at the time of this writing. Publication dates range from 1751 to current.

When viewing a page, you have options on the right hand menu to adjust the view, including full screen and zoom. There are also brightness and contrast controls, as well as the option to invert colors (black background with white text). Additionally, you can rotate the page and report any problems. At the top of the screen, you will see the title of the newspaper, the location where it was published, the date, and the page. The top tool bar offers the means to clip, print or save, share and search. A very nice option, that I particularly like, is the ability to add an article to your Ancestry family tree by clicking on the Ancestry.com icon in the top right corner – of course, you need an Ancestry subscription for this to work.

I also like that you can see articles from the paper than have been clipped by others, and likewise, other can see what you have clipped.

The number of newspapers in this database makes this an important source for both genealogical and historical research. The Government and Heritage Library invites you to come check it out!

4 Comments

  1. SusanB says:

    I’m not sure what you are saying. I have a subscription to newspapers.com.

    Are you saying that there is a new collection on their website that consists of a large collection from the UNC Libraries? If so, when did it become available at newspapers.com? i.e. would I have seen these in the last several months when I was at the newspapers.com website? Or is this collection brand new?

    Thanks in advance !!!!

    1. Genealogical Services says:

      Our library’s subscription is very specific. It’s possible that your subscription already includes the newspapers. Sorry I was not clear.

  2. Gretchen says:

    Do you have to actually be in the state library to use this database?

    1. Genealogical Services says:

      Yes and no. To use the part of the database that we have, yes, you do. You can have personal subscriptions to the site that may include these newspapers. Your local library may also have a subscription.

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