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Newspapers and news sources: Historical and Foreign Language News

A guide to finding newspapers, news magazines and news sources. It details both current and historical sources that you can access through the University Library or on the web.

How do I find historical and foreign language newspapers?

Many of our large Current News databases include historical and foreign-language newspapers from around the world.  

They include:

  • Significant archival collections, so are themselves great sources of historical information.
  • Newspapers published from all geographic regions and hence many in languages other than English.

We also have databases that specialise in collecting historical news sources.

You will find below:

  • A select list of those that specialise in English and foreign language historical newspapers.
  • You will also find newspapers and other forms of periodicals and historical ephemera in our Historical Research Library Guide.

A selection of foreign-language newspapers and databases has been provided. 

  • Note that these lists are not exhaustive - search OneSearch to check for additional resources.
  • See our Asian and European Languages Library Guide for more about finding foreign language sources. 

Tip! To find archival editions of individual newspaper titles - like The Observer, Pravda, The Sydney Morning Herald, The New York Times etc. - simply search for the newspaper title in OneSearch. 

A selection of mainly English historical newspaper databases.  

The UWA Library subscribes to a range of foreign-language historical newspaper databases. Some of the foreign language historical newspapers available through OneSearch are listed below.

Tip! A lot of historical newspapers are freely available through Google. For example, Euopeana Newspapers contains a huge collection of freely available European historical newspapers. 

Asian Language Resources 
European Language Newspaper Sources

Finding free historical newspapers online

Did you know that many historical newspapers are freely available online?

For American and Canadian historical news sources, search the Google News Archive, while historical Australian news sources are available through Trove.


Historical WA newspapers in Trove



  You can locate locate historical WA newspapers in Trove. Here is the link to the available Newspapers

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