23 July 2013

Elephind -- a new newspaper search engine

With so many newspapers becoming digitized, it can be challenging (and time consuming) to check them all out!  Never mind figuring out what ones exist online and what they include.

Unfortunately, GoogleTM (or other search engines) searching might yield some results from newspapers and they are not systematic, nor comprehensive.  Besides Google News Archive (which does contain some really neat historic newspaper collections), you are more likely to come across current newspaper articles or abstracts.

There is a new search engine, Elephind.com, which was created to “search the world’s historical newspaper archives.” It encompasses free online newspaper collections. Currently, the coverage includes newspaper collections from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States.

It was neat to search on “Wake County” and find articles in The New York Tribune (6 April 1842), The Rutland Herald [VT] (2 May 1843), The radical [Missouri] (23 November 1843) amongst the results. 

You can help expand this collection by e-mailing Elephind.com with any other appropriate free online historic newspaper collections you know, [email protected].  Since it is a work in progress, do check back often and you can also subscribe to its mailing list.

Did you search using Elephind.com and find a newspaper article that you probably wouldn’t have come by otherwise?

Are there any other online aggregate newspaper search engines?

Other Upfront with NGS posts about newspapers:

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  1. Thanks for this lead. Can't wait to check it out. Two NY State-focused aggregate newspaper sites are the 'Northern New York Historical Newspapers' (http://news.nnyln.net) and 'Old Fulton NY Post Cards' (http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html). Don't let the name of the latter deter you from using the site; the site's owner posts PDFs of newspapers from seemingly everywhere in NY State that isn't included in the former's collection.

  2. It's an interesting search engine / aggregater site that searches across various full text newspaper databases including Chronicling America. HOWEVER, the results do not provide a citation, just the link into the digitized article. There is no way to verify the results. While it may be good for locating newspaper article, the number of databases is limited.