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History: an introduction: Newspapers



Newspapers are an invaluable source of evidence of what happened and/or to find out the prevailing public opinion on an issue.

With digitisation, many newspapers are available online, but the layout and design aspects of a daily paper are not captured. Neither are ephemeral aspects such as advertisements.

Recent newspapers

Factiva               LexisNexis - Logo

  • Factiva
    • A business information resource that allows searching for news articles from major national and international newspapers, trade journals, and wires.
    • Includes Straits Times, Business Times, Channel NewsAsia, TODAY, The Edge as well as Asian Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Financial Times and so on.
    • It is updated daily.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    • Provides full text of hundreds of news sources including newspapers, magazines, and newsletters.
    • It is updated daily.

Historical newspapers : Singapore


Some newspapers useful for Singapore History and available in NUS Libraries


Other Singapore historical newspapers available free online or in other libraries

    • NewspapersSG is an online resource of current and historic Singapore and Malaya newspapers created by the National Library Board.
    • You can search newspapers (including Straits Times), but can access selected full-text (e.g., Straits Times 1845-1989).
    • For recent articles use Factiva (above).
  • NLB microfilm collection
    • National Library Board collection of microfilms also contains newspapers.
  • Jawi Transliteration Project, 1930-41
    • Jawi-script newspaper and magazine articles published between 1930-1941 in the Straits Settlements and the Malay Peninsula, transliterated into romanised Malay.
    •  Hosted by the Northern Illinois University Library.
  • Qalam, 1950-69
    • Qalam is a Jawi-script newspaper that was published in Singapore and distributed in Malaya, Singapore, Indonesia, Borneo and the Southern part of Thailand. It provide researchers with invaluable information on the activities and thoughts of Muslims living in the Malay world in the 1950s and 1960s
    • Hosted by Centre for Integrated Areas Studies, Kyoto University


Historical newspapers : Others


What are the other historical newspapers available in NUS Libraries?

Here is a list of some historical newspapers available online:


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Ming Guang Han
NUS Central Library
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NUS Central Library
+65 65162029

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NUS Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library
+65 6516 3640

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