A newspaper is a collection of articles that covers news, weather, sports, and pop culture.

A newspaper is a periodical, meaning it is published periodically or regularly -- usually daily, weekly, or several times a week. There are both national newspapers, such as The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, and local newspapers. Since there is often one in every town or city, it is a great source for local information.   

When do I use a newspaper article?

Use a newspaper article when you need to find the following:

  • current information about international, national, or local events
  • editorials, commentaries, expert or popular opinions 

Where do I find a newspaper article?

Newspapers can be found in print, online, or in a library database. Your school or public library will likely have a small collection of print newspapers. Also, the libraries likely subscribe to databases that contain newspaper articles. Some newspapers make some of their articles available on their website for free, but for others, you have to pay to access them. To find a newspaper on the Internet, use a search engine like Google to search for a specific one.  

How is a newspaper organized?

Newspapers typically have some type of table of contents on the front page. They are divided into sections, including news, business, editorials (opinion pieces), living (daily life & entertainment), sports, weather, and comics. The news section is typically divided into local, regional, national, and world news. Often an article will start on one page, and it will tell you what page to turn to in order to finish reading the article. 

How do I use a print newspaper?

Think about what information you need. Use the table of contents on the front page to locate the section you need. Sections of a newspaper are often grouped together, and each group is identified by letters. For example, C5 means section C, page 5. Longer articles may be divided into sections, and each section has a heading. Scan the headings to see which parts of the article may answer your question. 

How do I use an online newspaper?

An online newspaper may be an exact replica of the print edition, or it may only provide a few of the major articles. Sometimes there is no print edition at all, so it is only available online. Some newspaper websites only list the articles from the current edition, while others post articles from older editions, too. Most online newspapers can be browsed for casual reading or searched to find specific information. To search, enter the keyword you are looking for into the search box at the top of the page. Then click on the article you are interested in reading. To find specific words on a page, use the find function. Use Control + F (or Command + F for Macs) to open a search box. 

How do I use a database to find newspaper articles?

Searching a database by keyword or subject will give you results from many source types -- magazines, journals, newspapers, eBooks, and more. Most databases' advanced search feature allows you to limit your search by the type of source you are looking for. You can also limit your source by date of article or by newspaper title, and to only articles that are full text (versus just a summary of the article).

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