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News and Newspapers

About this guide

Newspapers provide information on current events, as well as opinion pieces, advertising, and other items of popular interest. The University of Notre Dame Australia Library's newspaper collection is provided almost exclusively online through our databases. This guide will show you where and how to access local and international news sources available through the Library. Print copies of newspapers are no longer held in the library. 

How can I use newspapers in my coursework?

Depending on the requirements of your assessment task, you may need to use newspaper articles as initial, general information sources. 

Newspaper articles are mostly secondary information sources, which provide an analytical, evaluative, or derivative interpretation of an original work or event.  Selected newspaper articles may be considered primary sources, for example a transcript of the original interview or speech. 

Although general rather than scholarly in nature, newspaper articles are a useful record of current events that provide various perspectives regarding topical issues or subject matter.  Please see the links from the Credo Research Skills modules to learn more about primary and secondary sources.

Can I use magazines for academic research in my coursework ? 

For academic study, magazines are not considered to be credible sources, as they are not peer reviewed, and have a minimum number of citations. They are a useful source to understand trending topics and to sometimes bridge the gap between popular and scholarly information. Please consult your lecturer regarding the use of magazines in your assessments. 

Using FiNDit for newspapers

Using FiNDit

  1. Enter your phrase search for a local, Australian or international newspaper title of interest - for example, type  "The Australian" inside quotation marks.

  2. A record for The Australian appears at the top of the search results list.

  3. Click  on Available Online, which is displayed under The Australian 

  4. This will take you to the NewsBank database providing access to current articles, updated daily, besides recent and back issues. Select a date. 

Use the same steps to search for other Australian newspapers like The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Financial Review, The Guardian Australia, and beyond.