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Secondary Source Databases

Historical Newspapers

Historical Newspapers:
The New York Times & The Washington Post

All OUL students have free electronic access to the New York Times.
In order to use the NY Times, you'll need to create your account on campus at OUL. Follow this link and register, then sign in at to search all of the articles published in the New York Times going back to 1851--using any computer or mobile device anywhere.(There are free apps available so you can use the NY Times on your phones or tablets. Just search for them in the app store. )

Proquest Historical Newspapers provides PDF images of each article, including any related photographs not restricted by copyright--this is the resource you'll use for the Washington Post. The New York Times is also available in this format--there are two links for the historical papers, 1857-1922 and 1922-2013.

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Primary sources keywords

To help find Primary sources in ALICE and OhioLINK you should consider combining your main idea(s) with one or many of the following keywords:

  • Narratives
  • Correspondence
  • Letters
  • Diaries
  • Speeches
  • Interviews 
  • Archives
  • Videos
  • Photos
  • Art

Most of these words will directly relate to a primary source.

For my Watergate example, I would search ALICE for:

"Watergate affair" AND (interview* OR diar* OR speech* OR narrative* OR proclamation)


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