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Newspapers.com: Search

Search Screen

Search screen

The search page will come up with a fairly blank box initially.  If you create a personal login to manage your Newspapers.com Library Edition account, you will be able to see your previous searches and even save them for notification if new content is added to that newspaper.

Keywords can be names, places, events in history, etc.  HINT:  using quotes around a name or set of words will often help target your search:  "John Davenport" or "Bay of Pigs".

More Search Options

Clicking on the Show Advanced (showing as Hide advanced here as it has already been toggled) options will allow you to add Place and/or Date to your initial search.  These narrowers can also be used after you reveal  your results. 

Searching Tips

Example of Results from Search

Search results

The results of a search will allow you to see the number of results, your highlighted term, narrow by location using the map (hovering over a state will show how many results in that state, clicking on it will narrow to that state), choose particular papers, narrow to when added to collection, as well as use the date widget slider or box to narrow to a particular date or range.  

In the search terms box, you can simply X out of terms you don't want or add to the box or enact the Show Advanced option.  (NOTE:  if you have logged in as a personal user, your search terms will show the next time you come to search.  Or you can save your searches).

More Search Tips

Here are some suggestions for exacting results in Newspapers.com Library Edition:

  • Use words like obituary or died when searching for obituaries and death notices. 
  • Put names in quotation marks.  Example:  "grace garry" versus simply grace garry
  • Don't limit your expectations to simply obituaries; start with a name or location search to get an historical or locational context for your ancestor or ancestral region.
  • Consider looking up addresses to see what results reveal themselves.  Example:  112 Broad Street, Waterford. It may end up being exact match or keyword related.  
  • Use Newspapers.com for finding concepts and themes rather than simply ancestors:  welfare OR baseball OR Armistice Day
  • Keep notes as to what search terms you used on what date, when, the results, etc.