Want more tips? See the building your search example.
It is worth keeping in mind what you will be searching:
Some databases will allow you to specify which bits of content you wish to search – but in many cases you will not be able to control this.
Think also about where you are searching. Some of the historic databases will search the full newspaper rather than individual articles which can mean you get a lot of results.
More modern databases will search at article level. Also some of the modern databases will allow you to specify which part of each article you want to search (for example you can search full text, headlines or lead paragraphs)
Headlines in modern newspapers are often unreliable for searching because they use puns or clever language – lead paragraph is a good option.
Also of interest: How The British Papers Overhauled Their Front Pages After Syria Vote, By Jack Mirkinson 08/30/2013 08:39 am ET | Updated Oct 30, 2013 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/30/british-papers-syria-vote-front-pages_n_3842668.htmll, accessed 25 July 2017
Searching newspapers is also much more difficult than searching for books or journals. This is in part because they may use emotive or colloquial language or puns.
On the other hand some regular columns will always have the same title, so once you have found out what that is, it can help you to track down what you looking for.
In the case of historic newspapers you also need to think about what language would have been used at the time.
On the slide here we have two very different reports of what is essentially a banking scandal!