Newspapers on Microfilm
Because of their fragility as they age, newspapers have traditionally been preserved by microfilming them.
Microfilm must be read on microfilm reader/printers. The Newspaper and Microfilm Room in 40 Doe Library has them. So does Bancroft Library. Newspaper films are arranged geographically within the News/Micro collection [floorplan.pdf]
Reader/printers allow you to read the films and those in News/Micro allow you to save pages to flash drives in .jpg and .pdf format.
Most newspapers do not have indexes. How do you find articles by subject? By knowing the approximate date of the event you are studying. If you don't know the date, you can use the index to a different newspaper as a way to find out.
In News/Micro you will find microfilm of many California newspapers. Few of them are indexed so you should prepare before your visit a list of dates of issues that you want to look at.
The San Francisco Chronicle is available full text online only up to 1922. Indexes for other years are available in News/Micro:
1913-1949 San Francisco Newspapers Index (Also see Microfiche 10904 Guide) MICROFICHE 10904 NEWS/MICRO
1950-1980 San Francisco Newspapers Index MICROFICHE 10503 NEWS/MICRO
July 1970-Sept 1975 California News Index AJ3.C16 NEWS/MICRO
1976- present San Francisco Chronicle Index AJ21. S25. N4 NEWS/MICRO
To find other newspapers, search for them by title in OskiCat. See: Searching newspaper titles in OskiCat: The Movie! (40 seconds)
Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
Includes Chicago Defender (1910-1975). Chicago Tribune (1849-1988). Los Angeles Times (1881-1988). San Francisco Chronicle (1865-1922). New York Times (1851-1994) with Index (1851-1993). Wall Street Journal (1889-1994). Washington Post (1877-1995).
Access World News
Limit your search to California newspapers by selecting the state from the list of locations. Another option is to choose a specific publication from the Source List tab. The source list also shows the years of coverage for each publication.
Limit your search to California newspapers by choosing the News option on the left of the screen, then choose All News. FUnder "Select Source" choose US Newspapers & Wires. Under "Article Location" choose US State and limit to California. When your results are displayed, there is an option on the left to see results only from Newspapers and from specific California news publications.
Ethnic News Watch
Fewer publications are indexed in this resource than in the others listed here, but coverage goes back further, in some cases to the mid-1960s. The advance search allows you to limit by location of interest.
New American Media
A national collaboration and advocate of 2000 ethnic news organizations. Includes news coverage from ethnic news outlets throughout the country. Scroll down the page until you find the link to Archives on the left.