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e-resources for Women's Studies: Newspapers & ephemera

Newspapers on the A-Z Databases platform

You can find links to a large number of British and foreign newspapers in the Newspapers section on the A-Z Databases platform; use the Subjects dropdown menu and select Newspapers. All the resources mentioned below can be found via the  A-Z Databases platform.

Individual titles include: the Guardian (1821-2003) & the Observer (1791-2003), the Irish Times (1859-2007) and the Scotsman (1817-1950); the Times Digital Archive and the Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive.

There are also fully searchable newspaper collections, such as the 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers and the 19th Century British Library Newspapers collections (which can be searched together in British Newspapers 1600-1950 - here you can search the full text of over 3 million pages of national and regional newspapers, newsbooks and ephemera); and databases such as Nexis UK and Factiva, which include links to newspaper articles.

This online guide to Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th – 21st centuries gives further detailed information on finding and searching newspapers.

(N.B. If you are not connected to the Oxford network you will need to login with your Oxford Single Sign On username and password to gain full access to the above online resources)

John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera

The John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera is one of the largest and most important collections of printed ephemera in the world. It offers a fresh view of British history through primary, uninterpreted printed documents which, produced for short-term use, have survived by chance, including advertisements, handbills, playbills and programmes, menus, greetings cards, posters, postcards.  

The Collection is strongest in the 18th to early 20th centuries but also contains earlier material.

The John Johnson Collection is one of the Special Collections of the Bodleian Library and is consulted in the Weston Library.



Printed newspaper holdings

For information on hard copy newspaper holdings in the Bodleian Libraries, see: or visit the Main Enquiry Desk in the Old Bodleian Lower Reading Room.