- Use multiple papers - different regions may report the same events differently
- Use newspapers produced by, and targeted at, under represented groups in order to include different perspectives by
Strategies for Exploring
When using online historical newspapers, you have two main strategies (Searching and Browsing) for exploring their content. Each is useful to you in different ways and I recommend that you employ both as you conduct your research.
Browsing is the act of looking through a paper or book and scanning the content. Browsing enables you to discover things you didn't know you wanted to find, see articles in their full context, and experience the newspaper in a way that us is more similar to that of the original reader. Tips for success:
- If using a multi-title newspaper database start by exploring by title and then drill in to a dates or dates to explore.
- If using a single-title newspaper collection, start with a simple search for a date and then choose to see articles on the front page. Once you have run this initial search open one of the resulting articles and then switch over to "Browse this issue."
The most obvious way to explore digital newspapers is by searching for keywords. I recommend it when you need to find a broad range of coverage for an event or you have to find a needle-in-a-haystack. Tips for success:
- Select keywords that reflect the language in use at the time you are researching
- Search for people, places, and details about events rather than currently known names for events
- Run multiple searches uses different words to describe what you're looking for
- Take advantage of options to search for specific types of content (news article, editorial, ad, cartoon, etc.)
- Limit the date for your results to a single date or a date range