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How do I read newspapers online? What about print editions?

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2016  |  201 Views
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Print copies of many newspapers are located in the periodical reading area on the lower level of the library. 


Unfortunately, most newspaper publishers generally do not offer libraries the the same online versions as they offer to individual subscribers. The AU Library subscribes to online access to the html version of hundreds (perhaps thousands) of newspapers from around the world. Click on the link to the Subject Guide below for a list of newpaper databases.

Several of our subscription databases offer online articles from newspapers. These online articles are generally html versions of the articles that appear in the print version. If you want to read the html version of a specific newspaper like the Washington Post, New York Times or the Wall Street Journal go to the library's homepage on the left under RESEARCH and click on FIND JOURNALS.  In the search box type the journal you need.  (For the WSJ, type Wall Street Journal Eastern Edition)  Most newspapers are covered in a variety of databases.  Read through the options to determine which database covers the timeperiod you need.

For recent articles, we suggest this database:

  • NewspaperDirect PressDisplay  
    Contains scanned versions of the most recent 2 months of over 400 U.S. and international newspapers, many in foreign languages. All newspapers are in their entirety and are available on the day they are published, including the Washington Post.

Current AU students, faculty and full time staff may use the databases from anywhere in the world with Internet access.  You will be prompted to log-on with your portal credentials.

The New York Times often offers a discount subscription to university faculty, staff and students.  It requires using your AU email address.  Take a look at

The online version of the Financial Times is available online to AU students through after they register for a free account here.


Consult the library catalog for a listing of microfilm holdings.

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