If you are looking to see if USC has access to a specific newspaper, use the Journals Quick Search box. If we have online access to the newspaper you'll see one or more links, with the dates covered and the name of the database(s) which provides full text access to the newspaper. If we have the newspaper in print or on microfilm you will see a link that says, "USC Libraries Print Holdings."
Databases that index large collections of historical newspapers
Search one or more of these collections if you are interested in seeing how a topic or event was covered in multiple publications:
19th Century Masterfile The largest resource for pre-1920 studies, with over 6 million citations online. Search relevant printed index to material from 1800-1899, including for newspapers and periodicals
19th Century U.S. Newspapers Includes over 500 newspapers from the 19th century.
America's Historical Newspapers Includes over 900 newspapers published between 1690-1998
C19: The Nineteenth Century Index Draws on indexes such as the Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue, The Wellesley Index, Poole's Index and Periodicals Index Online to create integrated bibliographic coverage of over 1.4 million books and official publications, 64,891 archival collections and 15.6 million articles from over 2,500 journals, magazines and newspapers
California Newspaper Project (free) An indispensable finding aid, the California Newspaper Project is an 18-year effort to identify, describe and preserve California newspapers. Close to 9,000 California newspapers were inventoried in over 14,000 repositories throughout the state, 1.5 million pages of California newspapers were preserved and made available on microfilm, and 100,000 rolls of negative microfilm rolls are being processed for permanent storage at the UC Regional Library Storage Facilities
Chronicling America: America's Historic Newspapers (free) This Library of Congress site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1836-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present
Historical Newspapers Online This resource provides access to full-text newspaper articles and to indexes including Palmer's Index to the Times, covering from 1790 to 1905 in The Times; the Official Index to the Times which takes the coverage forward from 1906 to 1980; the Historical Index to the New York Times, covering the New York Times from 1851 to September 1922; and Palmer's Full Text Online, 1785-1870, providing access to the full articles referenced in Palmer's index to the Times
ProQuest Historical Newspapers Indexes and provides full text access to 20 important newspapers (18 from America, 1 from England and 1 from India)
Readers Guide Retrospective 1890-1982 An index to articles published in more than 550 of popular and leading American magazines.
Worldcat - Search this online catalog of library catalogs to see which libraries have a specific newspaper. You can see which California libraries have a certain publication and visit that library to obtain articles or request microfilm reels through Interlibrary Loan.
Reference books that index newspapers:
These reference books provide another avenue for locating newspapers:
A History of American Magazines (1958) 5 vols.
Newspaper Indexes: A Location and Subject Guide for Researchers (1977) 3 vols. - Lists newspapers by county and state, with date ranges and depository designation
Newspapers: A Reference Guide (1987) This finding aid has information on newspaper indexes
The Wellesley index to Victorian Periodicals, 1824-1900 (1966) 5 vols.