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Field Guide to Research Sources

What type of source did you find? Use this field guide to identify it.

Newspaper articles

What they are: Articles in newspapers, either in print or online. Newspapers are periodicals that report the news.


What they give you: Information on events at the time the article was published.


How to spot them:

  • There are two titles: the title of the article and the title of the newspaper. 
  • There may be pictures.
  • There are no citations.
  • The article is written in an impersonal, "just-the-facts" tone. Or, the article is labeled as an editorial or opinion piece.


What they look like in Quest:
Screenshot of a newspaper article as it appears in a list of Quest search results

By default, Quest does not include newspaper articles in its search results, but you can click "Newspapers search" to search newspaper articles.


What they look like in library databases:
Screenshot of a full text newspaper article in a database


What they look like in print:Example of newspaper article in print