Types of Sources

So many choices! Use this guide to determine when to use a book, journal, video, encyclopedia or other sources.

About Newspapers

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Newspapers provide articles each day about current events and are a good source for local information.

Use a newspaper:

  • to find current information about international, national and local events
  • to find editorials, commentaries, expert or popular opinions

Characteristics of Newspapers

Authors are:

usually staff writers or journalists.

Sources are:

rarely cited.

Articles are:

brief, unless a feature.

They are:

made of newsprint or online

Find Newspapers

Use the Journals search to find newspapers by title. You can find newspapers in print or microfilm format or online.

Many newspapers have their own websites with today's news, and sometimes they provide earlier, popular articles free. 

Search the library's Newspaper Databases

Examples of Newspapers

How to Cite

Example print newspaper reference citation in American Psychological Association (APA) style:

Walker, Adrian. (2007). "Engineers of Change." The Boston Globe,  12 December 2011: A.1. Print.

Example electronic newspaper reference citation in American Psychological Association (APA) style:

Wilford, J. N. (1982, October 5) A salute to long neglected 'Father of American rocketry.' The New York Times. Retrieved from