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Newspapers on microfilm

We have microfilm for these newspapers covering the 1990s and into the present.  We also have other papers with earlier coverage.

Or see our detailed list of what years we have covered by more newspapers on microfilm.


How to find microfilm

  • Go to the microfilm cabinets or the periodicals desk
    (2nd floor) for help
  • Look for one of the titles above.
  • Find a roll that contains your birthday
  • Ask for help using microfilm reader
  • Find the day after your birthday
  • You can print from reader if you have money on your Buff Gold Card

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Your team will be researching what happened on the day of a team member's birth using library databases and other credible sources. Remeber that the newspaper date will be 1 day AFTER the birthdate.

Your group will need to gather information about:

  • politics,
  • weather,
  • movies,
  • sports, and
  • community spotlight

    Databases with Newspapers

    • America's News from Newsbank
      Dates from the 1980's to the present. Options to limit to a specific state, page number, section, specific date, and 1 or more U.S. states.
    • New York Times, The (1851-2012)  
      Images of all material published in this important U.S. newspaper. Articles, advertising, letters, funeral notices and photos are all included. Fully searchable and browsable.
    • InfoTrac Newsstand  
      Articles from over 1,000 newspapers in the United States and worldwide. Includes Austin American-Statesman (1996+), and The Houston Chronicle (1996+). National newspapers include The New York Times (1985+), and The Christian Science Monitor (1997+). International papers include the London Times (1985+) and the Times of India (2005+).
    • America's Historical Newspapers  
      Focuses on digitized, searchable versions of American newspapers. Includes Early American Newspapers, Series 1, 1690-1876, with coverage of 733 newspapers from 22 states and Washington D.C.
    • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers from the Library of Congress
      Search for content in viewable digitized pages from hundreds of newspapers published between 1860 to 1922 from the states of Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.
    • The Portal to Texas History
      Includes fifty different digitized Texas newspapers covering over approximately 200 years.

    Researching your community

    American Fact Finder will NOT have data for the target date. Check with your instructor to find out if you should research 1990, or the most recent 2010 data.

    • American FactFinder  
      Search interface and information page for the United States Census Bureau. Data from the 2000 U.S. census, as well as the 1990 census and the 1997 Economic Census. Can also access the American Community Surveys which samples only 3 million households each year.

    Finding Historical Weather Information

    There are a few different ways that you can find out what the weather was like on the day you were born:

    1). If you find a print or microfilm copy of a newspaper published on the day you were born, you should be able to get the forcasted weather for that day. This is especially true if the newpaper was published in the city or area you were born. 

    2). If a newspaper isn't available for your community from your date of birth, you can also search in the New York Times archives. If you select "on this date" from the drop-down menu next to "publication date" and enter your birthday, and select "weather" in the "document type" box, you should be able to find a national forcast for that day which will allow you to approximate the weather in your area on that day.

    3). You can also find past weather through the National Weather Service by following the instruction on the linked page. 


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