Newspapers as a research tool

An introduction to using newspapers for research

Databases with Utah Newspapers

Major Utah Papers

The major statewide newspapers in Utah are:

The Marriott Library Reserve Desk on Level 2 has these papers available daily and keeps hard copies for the past month.

They are also available free to U-card holders from the Campus Readership Service newspaper boxes on campus.

I tried to use the Salt Lake Tribune Archives online and they want me to pay for the articles. Do I have to pay?

 No, you don't.  The Salt Lake Tribune archives are included in two Marriott Library database subscriptions: Lexis-Nexis Academic and ProQuest Newspapers.  U of U Students, faculty and staff can access these databases by using their U of U UNID and password.  Otherwise, you need to be in the Marriott Library building in order to use the databases.

How can I search both the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News at the same time?

  • Use the Lexis Nexis Academic database
  • in the Source Directory: click Browse
  • Filter by Country: United States ; select Utah from the All Regions drop down box
  • Click on the link that says News
  • Click the box that says Utah News Sources

How can I find articles in the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News prior to dates available in the databases?


The Marriott Library has historical  copies of of the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News on microfilm. These may be requested from the ARC onsite storage.  

The research strategy for un-indexed papers is, request the microfilm spools for a range of dates and simply read through the newspaper looking for relevant reporting.

Use the Utah Digital Newspapers Project to find historical full-text articles

  • Salt Lake Tribune: 1871 - 1899
  • Deseret News: 1850-1910

The Deseret News historic archive can take you back to any issue from Volume 1 on June 15, 1850 through December 30, 1988

The Deseret News Archive (1988- ) is available via Marriott Library subscription.

Salt Lake Tribune Name and Subject Index: 1941- 1991 is available on microfilm in the Knowledge Commons, Marriott Library Level 2.

The Western Americana Vertical & Clipping File has clippings from the Deseret News, the Salt Lake Tribune, and the Daily Utah Chronicle filed by subject. These clippings are on broad subjects dealing with Utah, the University of Utah, the American West, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (The Mormons), important people--mostly Utahns or Western individuals, and a few issues of national importance with an emphasis on Utah (i.e.: Abortion, Equal Rights Amendment, etc.).

In 2009 the Salt Lake Tribune made a donation to the Marriott Library of bound print copies of  about 100,000 issues of not only The Tribune but incomplete runs of long-extinct publications, notably the Junior Tribune, Salt Lake Telegram, Salt Lake Herald, Salt Lake Times, Salt Lake Democrat and Intermountain Republic.

What about other Utah Newspapers?

Try these research guides:

How News Happens

Can you get all the news you need from the Web? This study found that eight out of ten stories studied simply repeated or repackaged previously published information. Of the stories that did contain new information nearly all, 95%, came from traditional media—most of them newspapers.

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