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Newspapers - Primary or Secondary?
Newspaper articles can be either primary or secondary sources. A newspaper article that documents an eyewitness account of an event would be a primary source. Alternatively, a newspaper article may be research-based, which makes it a secondary source. While newspapers are rich sources, approach with caution if you are required to have a primary source and clarify their status with an instructor.
Newspaper and Collections Available Online
American historical newspapers from 1836-1922
Google News Archive
Collection of digitized newspapers, some historical. Dates vary on papers. Use "Search the Archive" and "Search Tools" to limit results.