Searching the catalogue

All newspaper titles physically held by the Library are listed on the Library's catalogue. This includes newspaper indexes.

There are four basic search techniques by which you can locate newspapers through the Library's catalogue. These are:

1. Search by exact title

Use this search technique when the exact newspaper or journal title is known. For example if searching for the Northern Territory News, this is what you would do:

  • Type the exact newspaper title (Northern Territory News) in the search box
  • Select Title using the drop down down arrow in the All fields box
  • Choose Newspaper in the Add limits box
  • Click on the Find button

Searching by title 

2. Search by keyword(s) in title

Use this search technique when the exact newspaper title is not known or only some of the words are known. For example if searching for the Australian Soccer Weekly and the known information was Australian and soccer, this is what you would do:

  • Type in Australia soccer in the search box
  • Select All fields in the All fields box
  • Choose Newspaper in the Add limits box
  • Click on the Find button

Searching by keyword in title

3. Search by call number

This technique saves time when you are regularly requesting the same item. For example if searching for The Canberra Times in microfilm format, this is what you would do:

  • Type in the exact call number in the search box (remember to put a space between the call number prefix and the number: mfm NX 47 for The Canberra Times)
  • Select Call Number using the drop down arrow in the All fields box
  • Choose Newspaper in the Add limits box
  • Click on the Find button

Searching by call number

4. Search by geographic location

Use this search technique when searching for newspapers from a particular area and you don't know any titles. For example if searching for Perth newspapers, this is what you would do:

  • Type in 'Perth newspapers' in the search box
  • Select Subject using the drop down arrow in the All fields box
  • Choose Newspaper in the Add limits box
  • Click on the Find button

Searching by geographic location

Does your local library have what you're looking for?

You don’t necessarily need to come to us. Check to see if your local public or state library has what you want.