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:
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.