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Quick Guide to Newspaper Articles and Newspapers

There are many ways you can go about finding newspapers and newspaper articles at the library.

Newspaper Articles | Full Issues of Newspapers | Classifieds | Obituaries | Madison-Area Magazines and Newspapers

Newspaper Articles

Local and national newspaper articles are now available at Newspaper Source Plus (1997-present for Madison newspapers) by way of the newly expanded EBSCOhost database. At this time, Newspaper Source Plus does not include the Capital Times archive. 

If you're looking for newspaper information after 1853 and two years prior to current year, check Newspaper Archive. It includes close to 30 million scanned pages. Not all newspapers and dates are represented, but it's certainly worth a look.

You can find current U.S. news content, as well as archives that stretch back into the 1980s, at US Newsstream

Archives for recent years are also included in the Wisconsin Newspapers Digital Research Site (2005 to the present--Capital Times and Isthmus included), with a delay of 60 days.

Another source for articles in The Capital Times and The Wisconsin State Journal is

Full Issues of Newspapers

The library owns the following papers:

Newspaper Location and Holdings
Afro-AmericanNewspaper (Washington D.C.) South Madison, hold for one month
Badger Herald Central, 9/7/2010--11/11/2011
Barron's all location except South Madison and Central, holdings vary
Capital City Hues 5/3/2006—9/19/2013
Capital Times all locations, holdings vary (Central holds 12/13/1917—4/26/2009 on microfilm)
Chicago Sun-Times Central
Chicago Tribune (Daily) all locations ecept Meadowridge, Sequoya, and South Madison, holdings vary
Chicago Tribune (Sun. only) Central
Christian Science Monitor Central and Monroe Street, holdings vary (Central holds 1992 to present)
Daily Cardinal Central holds 8/8/2010—11/11/2011
Federal Jobs Digest Central, six months

Central holds:

  • Microfilm: 4/9/1976—6/2016
  • Bound: 1982—2008
  • Hard copy: 1/2017—present

Many neighborhood libraries have current week copies for distribution

La Comunidad 1/17/2002—11/10/2011

Madison Press Connection

Madison Times Central and South Madison, holdings vary (Central holds 5/20/1994—6/19/2012)
MilwaukeeJournal Sentinel (Daily) Central, Lakeview, Monroe Street and Sequoya, holding vary (Central holds current 6 months)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Sun. only) all locations, holdings vary (Central holds current 6 months)
National Ad Search Central, one year
New York Times (late edition) Daily) Central, Lakeview, Monroe Street and Sequoya, holdings vary (Central owns current 6 months)
New York Times (Sun. only) all locations except Meadowridge, holdings vary (Central holds current 6 months)
Northside News 5/1995—7/2014
Nuestra Comunidad in La Nacion South Madison, hold for one month
Peoples Daily (Chinese) Sequoya,hold for two months
Simpson Street Press South Madison, hold for one month
Street Pulse 2005—present
USA Today Central, Hawthorne, Lakeview, Pinney, Sequoya (Central holds for one year)
Vox Latina 9/5/2003—10/7/2011
Wall Street Journal (Eastern ed.) all locations, holdings vary (Central holds 1960—2004 on microfilm and the current 12 months in hard copy)
Wisconsin State Journal (Daily) all locations, holdings vary (Central holds 9/1852—present [with ~6 month delay] on microfilm and the current 12 months in hard copy)

Other Wisconsin and National newspapers are kept at the State Historical Society Library or the Memorial Library on the University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus.


The Central Library of Madison Public Library keeps paper classifieds on file of all the papers it receives. In addition, many current classifieds can be located online on a specific newspaper's web site. To locate classified ads in a specific newspaper or all newspapers in a geographic region, try our recommended newspaper sites.


Obituaries in the Wisconsin State Journal can be obtained in a variety of ways. See our Obituaries page for more information.