Both the Gottesman Libraries and the Columbia University Libraries rely primarily on online resources for access to newspapers. Although many libraries maintain current subscriptions to newspapers, in virtually all cases only the very most recent print issues are kept.
Access to the contents of newspapers is in most cases made available through periodical "aggregators" such as ProQuest
. The best way to determine our library's holdings of a particular newspaper is to search EDUCAT
by title (limiting to "Only Serials"), just as the best way to determine the Columbia Libraries' holdings is to search CLIO
by journal title.
In a very few cases a library may maintain holdings of a newspaper on microfilm, though increasingly digital/electronic access is the norm. In virtually no cases are print newspapers kept by libraries (on the Morningside campus and in general), largely due to preservation and space issues.
A useful listing of online newspaper collections
, including America's Historical Newspapers
and ProQuest Historical Newspapers
, can be found via the Columbia University Libraries website.
Columbia also provides access to a number of online news resources through the Libraries' E-News
page, which features a comprehensive list of print, microfilm, and online American Newspapers in the Columbia University Libraries
, covering the years from 1704 to the present, arranged by state and city of publication; various news and current events databases; and links to sites focusing on news broadcasting in various media.