Note: circulation of physical copies of newspapers has been temporarily paused due to COVID-19. Access to newspapers online is still available.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
One of the many newspapers with a national focus that we have access to through the University of Iowa is The Chronicle of Higher Education. This bi-weekly newspaper specializes in information related to college and university news.
To access this newspaper, you can search through it by using one of our databases that has access to it, including Academic Search Elite, Business Insights: Essentials and Gale Academic OneFile. These databases have coverage starting from 1999 to the present. There is a 30 day delay before new articles from The Chronicle of Higher Education are placed in these databases. If you would like to read these newer articles, you can search through the newspaper publisher's website at this address: The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Newspaper articles are great research tools. They can keep you up to date on current affairs. They can also serve as primary sources and enable you to put events into historical context. The University of Iowa Libraries have numerous resources that will allow you to locate news materials on a local, national and international scale. You can find information on politics, business and finance, sports, pop culture, etc. Regardless of your topic - the Obama administration, the Iowa flood of 2008, movie reviews for Star Wars from 1977, the Spanish American War or Y2K - newspapers are valuable resources.
What is a database interface?
Something that you might immediately notice when searching for a newspaper or newspaper article through the University of Iowa libraries is that the page you're looking at will be different than on a typical newspaper website.
Rather than seeing this:
You will see something like this:
In most cases, the actual articles that you will be able to access through the databases will be the same as the article you'd access through a newspaper website. The big difference is just the way that they are presented. Each database you're using might hold many, many different newspapers in addition to other resources, while the newspaper websites will be designed uniquely. Some users might find that the database view is less visually appealing or harder to casually browse through. There are, however, a number of advantages. One is that you will not hit a paywall after reading too many articles when searching through our databases. Another is that you have a greater degree of control when searching for a specific article or topic in a newspaper. In addition to this control, you might find that once you've gotten used to the interface of one of the databases, it is easy to search through this database for many different newspapers. Finally, the databases are often much easier to use to find archived materials than on newspaper websites.
One notable exception to accessing newspapers through University of Iowa databases is the New York Times. You can directly access this newspaper through the New York Times website by getting registered through the subscription payed for by the University of Iowa. To learn more about this you can click on the New York Times tab up at the top. You can also access New York Times articles through databases that you might use for other newspapers.