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HIST 203: Canada Since 1867

Research guide for HIST 203 (Winter 2024)

Historical Newspapers

Newspaper articles are very useful sources for historical events and situations. They were often produced by reporters who had access to eyewitness accounts not otherwise accessible today. 

Newspaper articles are usually not long nor are they published individually, but rather as part of an issue. This material is best found through searchable digitized archives. Newspapers have not always attempted the modern appearance of objectivity; hence comparing several accounts of the same occurrence in different newspapers may be both revealing and necessary.

In contrast to magazines, which appear weekly, monthly or quarterly, successive accounts in daily newspapers will often enable the historian to watch a story unfold, much as it would have appeared to the contemporary participant or onlooker.

Footnotes in modern secondary works, particularly in articles or sections of books dealing with contemporary social or political reactions to events, can be a useful source for finding references to historical newspaper articles. 

While Canadian newspapers are the obvious target of this section, remember that not all Canadian history happened in Canada. For example, an article in the Times of London about Canadian involvement in a World War I battle in Belgium, or in the New York Times about the Fenian raids, might be very relevant.

Look in these indexes to find contemporary newspaper articles in electronic format:


Individual newspapers


National collections


Provincial collections

Multicultural Canadian Newspapers

Other guides

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