Newspapers Guide

Search tips

Use the Articles data source to find Newspaper articles.   The articles search excludes newspapers by default, but it is easy to include them by clicking the blue X after “Not Content Type: Newspaper Article.”  If you plan to do multiple searches for newspaper articles, use the settings on the left to uncheck “Exclude Newspaper Articles”.

include newspaper articles


Put exact phrases in quotes: “columbia university”
Use an asterisk (*) to get all possible endings to a word: polio* finds polio, poliomyelitis, poliovirus
Type OR (in caps) to search for either of two or more terms: CAD OR “computer aided design”
Use “OR”, “AND” or “NOT” (must be ALL CAPS) and parentheses to create complex Boolean searches:
“columbia university” AND (revolution OR “civil war”)

To search a specific newspaper, e.g. The New York Times, enter the newspaper title like this: publicationtitle:new york times

or publicationtitle:”new york times”This can be combined with a keyword search to find articles on a topic:

“columbia university” publicationtitle:new york times

To search a specific author, e.g. Foner: author:foner

to combine an author with a specific newspaper:

Author:foner publicationtitle:new york times

You can explicitly search a field using the syntax: “field:query.” Here are other search fields:Searchable fields:

  • Title
  • SubjectTerms
  • Author
  • Publisher
  • PublicationTitle
  • Volume
  • Issue
  • Language
  • Notes
  • ISBN
  • ISSN
  • DOI

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