How to access online newspapers

Using newspaper databases for research

Newspaper Source Plus provides coverage of major U.S., international, and minority interest newspapers. Also includes full-text coverage of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Wisconsin State Journal, plus selected coverage of other regional sources.

Lexis-Nexis offers access to over 6000 newspapers (including foreign sources), magazines, trade journals, transcripts, company info, business news, legal research, medical sources and reference works. It is especially strong in news, business, and legal information.Includes New York Times full-text.
Newspaper Archive contains access to searchable newspaper pages back to the 1800's.

Links to area papers

Major news web sites - current news

Alternative news sources

General metasites 

More specific sites

AlterNet - a syndication service of the alternative press, featuring news stories from alternative newsweeklies, magazines and web publications.
Indymedia - a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. 

  • Counterpunch - political news
In These Times - the online version of the magazine; covers social, political, and economic issues.

  • Mother Jones - the online version of the magazine; focuses on issues of social justice, the environment, politics, and popular culture.

  • Open Secrets - from the Center for Responsive Politics, "a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy."

  • Project Censored - covers news stories that are censored in the main stream press.

  • The Public Eye - "website of political research associates."

  • Red Pepper - "is a magazine of information, campaigning and culture. It provides a forum for the left to debate ideas and action."

  • Znet - the online counterpart to Z magazine, "an independent political magazine of critical thinking on political, cultural, social, and economic life in the United States." Includes a Noam Chomsky archive