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Newspapers: History in the Making: Home

Events and opinions as reported in general newspapers shed light on the issues and perspectives of a time and place in history, often including primary source material (photographs, quotations for principals, etc.). This LibGuide focuses on SHU resources

News & Journalism Museums

Newseum (Washington, D.C.) -  a 250,000-square-foot museum of news — offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits.  Some online images, information, and videos; online exhibitions:

Multimedia Journalism - online exhbition on current multimedia & flash journalism on ELearning Examples blog.

Missouri School of Journalism Timeline - online images of news reporting from the state's first newspaper (1808) until the founding of the first School of Journalism (1908).

University of Missouri, Columbia  School of Journalism Archives & Museum - online catalog of historical artifacts from the journalism museum (formerly separate, now part of  the library system); online exhibitions of images specific to the University's history.

The UnMuseum: Hoax Journalism - amusing fabricated "news" stories, including those by otherwise serious writers such as Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, and Edgar Allen Poe.

Museum of Broadcast Communications - includes the National Radio Hall of Fame and Museum.TV; online exhibitions of classic TV and commercials; online encyclopedias of television, radio, and commercials.

Joe Sacco: Comics as Journalism - online exhibition of cartoons reflecting on war in Bosnia-Serbia-Croatia.

QuickSearch for Books, etc. in the Library

Search below to find a book, DVD, etc., or to see which volumes of journals are in the library (print or electronic):

Select Type of Search, Fill in Search Terms, and Press Enter

Find more tips on using the catalogues in the Searching the Catlog LibGuide.  Ask a Reference Librarian to help you target your catalogue search.

To find journal articles on specific topics, use the electronic databases to search by keyword, subject, author, etc (A-Z list of databases. Best bets include:
  • Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)
  • ABI Inform Dateline
  • Expanded Academic ASAP
  • General OneFile
  • General Reference Center Gold
  • Hartford Courant
  • Historical Abstracts with Full Text (EBSCO)
  • History in Context (Gale/Cengage)
  • Project Muse

Journals in the library collection of particular interest include:

The IRE journal [electronic resource].

Newspaper research journal [electronic resource].

Media history monographs [electronic resource].


Newseum Featured Video

The Berlin Wall Gallery tells the gripping story of how news and information helped topple a closed and oppressive society. Featured are eight 12-foot-high concrete sections of the original wall — the largest display of unaltered portions of the wall outside of Germany. A three-story East German guard tower that loomed near Checkpoint Charlie — Berlin’s best-known East-West crossing — stands nearby. - See more at:

The Newseum's "War on Terror: The FBI's New Focus," tells the story of the FBI's changed mission after terrorists hijacked four airplanes and drilled them into the World Trade Center Towers in New York, the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C., and a field near Shanksville, Pa.

Primary Source Research

Newspapers provide critical primary source information for research in history, politics, social sciences, literature, and the arts.  You may find quotations from and  interviews of both well-known newsmakers and individuals who experienced the events you're studying.  It can also be revealing to see

  • when a subject or terminology is first covered (e.g. "abolition", "learning disability", "terrorism")
  • where a story is covered (front page or second section? women's page? arts & culture? sports? opinion?)
  • national, local, or interest group newspaper
  • advertising placed near a story
  • letters to the editor responding to a story

Be aware the electronic editions of newspaper articles do not always include collateral information such as contemporaneous advertisements and story placement.  Because newsprint paper is difficult to preserve, older original copies aren't kept in the library collection.  Microfilm or digitized images of complete newspaper editions allow you to see content in the same context as it was originally published.

Social & Behavioral Sciences Librarian

Ask the Librarian

Submit your questions online; a reference librarian will post answers on the Library website, and answers will be mailed directly to you.

Subject Headings

Abracadabra! To find the resources you want, use the "magic words" (the official Subject terms used in the library catalogue and to describe articles and books in our databases). Information science professionals have agreed on certain key phrases to describe the subjects of library materials. Use these terms in a subject search. If you'd like help selecting the best words or phrases, as your reference librarian for assistance. The Sacred Heart University libraries use the system developed by the Library of Congress for multi-disciplinary research libraries. Some important subject headings for your research include:

  • American Newspapers
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Digital Media
  • Illustrated Periodicals
  • Journalism
  • Journalism [geographic location] history (to identify historical records of journalism)
  • Newspaper Layout and Typography
  • Newspapers
  • Online Journalism
  • Reporters and Reporting

Browse Journalism and Communications journals from the eJournal homepage; use the drop-down subject menu.

Search the library catalogue for periodicals using the SUBJECT headings:

  • Journalism Periodicals
  • Newspapers Periodicals
  • [Geographic Location] Newspapers (to identify newspapers at the library for specific cities and countries, e.g. "Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Newspapers")