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Online U.K. and Irish Newspapers: Newspapers

A list, arranged roughly by date, of the online U.K. and Ireland Newspapers available at M.S.U. Libraries. Last updated 06-13-2023


Arranged roughly by our start dates.

Annual Register

1785-  Not a newspaper per se but an annual publication about events around the world that were of concern/interest to the British.  Link goes to the HathiTrust Digital Library.  Choose Advanced Catalog Search.  Change drop down arrow to Search by Title and put "Annual Register" in quotation marks, into the search box.  Click on the gray Advanced Search button.  After you get your results, along the left side use the place of publication filter and check United Kingdom.  The first entry retrieved goes back the farthest, I think. Click on the entry to see the full catalog record.  Scroll down to the links to the full text by year/institution.

1791-1900 Observer (London)  For 1901-2003 scroll farther down in the list.

Scotsman Historical Archive

1817-1950 Major Scottish newspaper.  This is in the process of being digitized.  Fall, 2022 it is available 1817-1858; more will be coming, to 1950 ultimately.  See near bottom of list for link to more recent issues.

Manchester Guardian, 1821-1825; 1828-1900; 1901-1959; 1959-2003

Telegraph Historical Archive

1855-2000 One of the world's highest circulating newspapers in the English language.  Includes also the Sunday issues from 1961-2000.  The BBC describes it as "the newspaper of the establishment."  We also offer this newspaper post 2000, here.

Irish Times 1874-1920; 1921- From Dublin, Ireland.  For 1921- Use Advanced Search.  Leave the pubid number in the top box of advanced search.  Add your search words on the next line(s).

International Herald Tribune Archive

1887-2013  Complete archive from its inception as the European edition of the New York Herald and later the European edition of the New York Herald Tribune.  Ends with last issue of International Herald Tribune before its relaunch as International New York Times.

Financial Times

1888-2021  The world’s most authoritative daily business newspaper.

Daily Mail Historical Archive

1896-2016  Progressive newspaper for ordinary, busy people.  For emphasis and scope see the essay about its history in the "Essays" section of the web site.

1901-2003 Observer (London)  Click on Advanced search.  Leave pubid number in top box.  Add your search words on next line(s).

1903-2000  Mirror Historical Archive

Intended as a paper for women staffed with women journalists, after its first year it became a working-class paper. The owner in the 1930s was a friend of both Mussolini and Hitler.  Post WWII it was the first British national paper to adopt New York tabloid style, with bigger headlines, shorter stories, and more abundant illustrations.  It was the best-selling U.K. daily tabloid paper in the 1960s.  It has consistently supported the Labour Party since WWII.

Independent (London)

1986-2016 Centrist politically.  Economic stance is liberal, pro-market.  Current issues online, here.

Scotsman or Scotsman

1993-2016  from various aggregators, a subscription resource for us, not owned content.  Leave the AN musc number in the top line.