Searching for Historical Articles? These tips will come in handy

May 20, 2019

When you search for news in Google, you’ll get the most recent articles relevant to your query. But as journalists sometimes, you may need to see a topic’s coverage over time or find the most significant article rather than the most recent. Here are two tips to get you started:  

Finding articles from 2003 to the present:

1. Go to and enter your query in the search box.
2. From the results page that appears, go to Tools just below the search box.
3. From the menu that appears, click Recent.
4. On the dropdown list, click Archive. Or, if you’d like to specify a date range, click Custom range.
5. Your results will be ranked by significance and may include stories as far back as 2003.

Finding stories before 2003:

You’ve surveyed stories as far back as 2003, but how do you get to 1995? There are two ways to perform your research. The first is your regular Google Web Search. Just note that it doesn’t support custom date ranges earlier than 1970. 
To find stories from 1995 or before, you can search for scanned newspaper articles.

1. Go to and type in, followed by the search terms you’d like to use.
2. For example, JFK Murder
3. This should yield any scanned articles on your topic.

Interested in more ways to access information? Check out Article19’s free course titled “Right to Information in the Middle East and North Africa” .