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Newspapers are invaluable for discovering information about issues as they unfold, as well as coverage of local issues. Most mainstream newspapers do not offer free access to their archives, but the Library provides access to a large number of U.S. and international newspapers. "Alternative" (usually referring to politically progressive newspapers/magazines, but can also include special interest publications) and independent presses are useful for finding voices and opinions outside the mainstream media.
San Diego Union Tribune
The San Diego Union-Tribune and its predecessors are available in a mix of formats.
Online access (restricted to UCSD users) is available for:
Microfilm access is available for issues from 1871-present. The newspaper has gone through various name changes, but all are together at call number XF 248. Microfilm provides cover-to-cover page images of all issues.
Dates vary. More than 1500 sources worldwide, including 650 in the U.S. Largely newspapers,local news video for the U.S.; newspapers for Canada, UK and other English-speaking countries. For the rest of the world mostly wire services and BBC news digests.
Cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 U.S. and international newspapers, plus selected full text for more than 330 regional (U.S.) newspapers. Note: this is one of the few databases that I recommend using the "full text" limiter.
Thousands of full-text sources including newspapers, wires, transcripts, newsletters, magazines, trade journals; also industry news, company information, law reviews, court decisions. Coverage dates vary.