Newspapers and news media

Find the right databases to research Australian and international news.

Select a news and current affairs database appropriate for your research needs to retrieve the best search results. Note that Quick Find is not recommended for finding news and current affairs as the latest articles aren't available and it primarily contains US newspapers.

Australian news

Online newspapers

Australian Public Affairs Fulltext (APAFT) is a good source of opinion pieces, editorials and essays related to current issues in Australian political, economic, cultural and social affairs. As many of these articles are written by academics and policy experts in their area they are typically of higher quality than editorials and opinion pieces published in general newspapers.

Looking for the Australian Financial Review (AFR)? To search AFR via Factiva:

  1. Enter the desired search terms into the Search Form field
  2. Select the Source option
  3. Search for and select, The Australian Financial Review
    Screencapture of selecting The Australian Financial Review from the Source field

Print newspapers

Major daily Australian newspapers are available in the newspaper reading area of all branch libraries. The print edition of newspapers are kept between one week and three months. Weekend editions are not delivered to the Library until Monday.

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Courier Mail Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sunday Mail Yes Yes Yes  
The Australian Yes Yes Yes Yes
The Australian Financial Review Yes Yes   Yes
The Age   Yes    
The Sydney Morning Herald   Yes Yes  
Koori Mail (fortnightly) Yes Yes Yes  
Torres News Yes Yes Yes  

Newspaper archives

Use these databases to find older news articles with historical significance:

  • Trove: Digitised newspapers and more
    Full-page scans of thousands of Australian newspapers going back to the 1800s. Most newspapers available in fulltext are older, our-of-copyright editions. However some newer content up to the mid 2000's is available.

TV news and current affairs

Sample programmes from Informit EduTV and TV News:

International news

  • Quick search via ProQuest news databases - do a broad search of international and Australian news sources including newspapers and news wires.
  • Precision search using Factiva - searches thousands of local and international newspapers, trade journals and magazines. Detailed searching by company, industry, or region is possible. For example, to find Canadian articles from the last six months about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:
    1. search for Justin Trudeau
    2. change the "Date" drop-down to In the last 6 months
    3. in "Region" browse to North America and select Canada
  • Full-page scans via PressReader and UKPressOnline - for full-colour articles with images and advertisements