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FINDING OTHER SOURCES (Prim Guide from Shawnna)

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Major strengths in the UBC Library collection include:

  • historical British Columbia newspapers; the majority of these newspapers are available in microformat. Search the UBC Library catalogue by title, or ask for more help at the Koerner Library reference desk.
  • the Globe and Mail from 1844 to present
  • major international newspapers: available through databases including the Proquest Historical Newspaper collection and the Times Digital Archive, and through microformat collections in Koerner Library

The Google Newspaper archive also has many historical newspapers, including Canadian titles, in its free online collection. List of titles and dates available here.

Full Text Online Historical Newspaper Collections



Historical Newspapers by Title

British Columbia

The majority of BC historical newspapers are available in microformat. Search the library catalogue for the name of the newspaper, using the 'journal title' index. If you aren't sure which newspaper you want, ask at the Reference Desk at Koerner Library; or consult the Union Catalogue of British Columbia Newspapers to find the titles of newspapers published in BC, then search the catalogue to determine if we have the title in our collection.



Historical Magazine Articles

Reader's Guide Retrospective, 1890-1982: Indexes over 3 million articles from approximately 375 leading magazines, providing broad coverage of the popular press in the U.S. and Canada from 1890 to 1982. Contains some full text.

Early Canadiana Online: This digital library has a periodicals collection that contains the full text of over 1,000 early Canadian magazines. It covers a wide range of topics such as political satire, agriculture, religion, medicine and health, as well as many men’s, women’s and children’s popular magazines. This collection is also notable for including the first magazine ever published in Canada, The Nova Scotia Magazine (1789-1792).

British Periodicals: This database provides access to the full text of British magazines and journals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth century. Content is available from the 1680s to the 1930s.

19th century UK Periodicals: An online collection of British magazines, journals and speciality newspaper from 1800 to 1900. This full text database also reproduces the original colour images from these periodicals.

Little Magazines Collection: UBC Library has a significant collection of little magazines (small press literary magazines), which are mostly held in the Rare Books and Special Collections Division. Includes most of the important titles from British Columbia and Canada as a whole. For assistance with this collection, feel free to contact RBSC.

Historical Images

BC Historical Photos Catalogue

  • In Rare Books and Special Collections, the historical photograph collection includes almost 200,000 photographs documenting the early history of British Columbia, peoples, places and events. The photographs range in date from the mid-1800's to the mid-1900's.

UBC Library Digital Collections and Services

  • The University of British Columbia Rare Books and Special Collections is digitizing its photographic holdings in order to make the images available to researchers on the World Wide Web. The project includes both University Archives photographs and B.C. Historical Collection (non-UBC) photographs. Together the collections total approximately 200,000 photographic images (both prints and negatives). A tutorial on finding images in the digital collection can be found here.

Images Canada

  • A centralized database of digitized historical images from participating cultural institutions across Canada. The website is administered by Library and Archives Canada. The images are not hosted on the Images Canada website, instead Images Canada provides a centralized location to find and access the images. Images Canada pulls together collection from fifteen different.

ArchiviaNet - Library and Archives Canada

  • Library and Archives Canada has acquired through bequests, donations, and planned acquisition, over twenty-five million photographs illustrating Canadian reality, and certain aspects of the world in general. This search tool allows you to consult almost 400,000 descriptions of photographs, modern and old, as well as have access to some 41,000 digitized images on-line.

For additional historical image collections, review the Historical Photograph Research Guide.

For information on appropriate uses of images in your research, refer to the UBC Copyright homepage.