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|Finding Aids and Guides to the Library's Newspaper Collections
Information about newspapers held by the Serial and Government Publications Division is contained in several lists available only in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Room or on its Web site:
As holdings information is added, the Library's online catalog will become the primary way to determine the Library's holdings of newspapers, and researchers will be able to determine what is available by accessing the catalog through the World Wide Web.
SEARCH TIP#1: To determine what newspapers from a specific place the Library of Congress may own, use the “Command Keyword” search in the online catalog (which allows you to search for information in specific fields of the bibliographic record), specify the index you wish to search, and limit the search to serials. You can combine the subject “Newspapers” with a specific place of publication.
For example, to find newspapers held by the Library published in Chicago, you would construct the search using the general index for subject (KSUB) and the index for publication information (KPUB):
KSUB newspapers AND KPUB chicago [with a limit of type=Serial (Periodical, Newspaper, etc.)]
SEARCH TIPS#2: The Library's practice in cataloging newspapers is to create a new bibliographic record each time there is a title change. Thus, a researcher looking for a specific newspaper may find multiple records for the needed title, and will need to locate the title for the date needed to determine the Library's holdings. You may need to trace the “Continues” and “Continued by” links in each record for the newspaper until you find the record that covers the date needed.
For example, the newspaper known as the Laramie Boomerang of Wyoming, has fifteen bibliographic records associated with it—and the Library does not own the full run of the newspaper (our holdings begin with 1901)! If you were looking for an issue from 1933, you would need to look at the bibliographic record with the title Laramie Republican-Boomerang.[Top]
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