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Communication & Mass Media Studies

Resources, tips, and tools for the study of Communication & Film, Journalism & Strategic Media, Advertising, and Public Relations..



Historical Newspapers

Finding, using, and understanding primary sources is a key to research; newspapers are excellent primary sources. Use the guide below to learn about using historical newspapers in your research.

Newspaper Databases

Use the databases below to search tons of newspapers, all at once!

Access Specific Newspapers

Search the library's catalog to find out if a specific journal title (newspapers or journals) is available in print, on microform, or online. Several titles are available in multiple formats. Please ask for help if you can't determine whether or not we have what you need!


The New York Times
  • 1857 - present on microfilm
  • 1851-2009 online through Proquest
  • Current month in print
  • June 1, 1980 - present online through LexisNexis.


Commercial Appeal
  • 1894 - 2004 on microfilm
  • Past 30 days available via the publisher's website to U of M students, click for password.


Memphis News-Scimitar
  • 1905-1907 and 1926-1983 on microfilm.


Arkansas Democrat Gazette
  • 1889-1991 on microfilm
  • current paper in print, library retains current 3 months only.


Atlanta Constitution
  • 1869 -1875 and 1881-2001 on microfilm
  • 1991-November 4, 2001 online through LexisNexis.