News sources can be right up to date, written yesterday, or even earlier today. They help give an understanding of the mood of public feeling on an issue, rather than just the academic view.
Bear in mind that some newspapers are considered to be more reliable than others. In addition all newspapers have a viewpoint which they will want to promote. If you find information, think about whether or not it is unbiased. You may have good reason to use a sensational article, or one which is biased, but you will need to comment on why you have used it, and justify your inclusion.
If you are using news film or sound in your assignment, it should still be referenced, in the same way as a written source.
Step-by-step instructions for browsing foreign newspapers on Nexis UK
1. To view newspaper articles, go to Nexis.
2. Choose the newspaper you wish to view by clicking on "More sources" and typing the title of the newspaper into the field provided, or you can browse for newspapers by then selecting "Advanced source search".
> If you have chosen the advanced source search, make sure you then click on "Find Sources" on the top left-hand side of the page. Leave the keyword field blank, and expand the 'news' section in the Publication Type box. Tick the box next to the word 'newspapers'.
Click on and select either the publication language or region of coverage, and then click on . You will be taken to a list of newspapers.
Select the title of the newspaper you wish to read and then click on . You will be taken back to the Powersearch.
3. Now that you have selected your newspaper, enter the dates you wish to search. If you're looking for news on a specific subject, enter key words in the search box. If you just wish to browse articles rather than search for a specific subject, leave the search box blank - note that if you choose to leave the search box blank, you MUST select a date range. You are now ready to .
is a web based database of hundreds of regional, British, European and International newspapers.
Access FT.com - If you are a first time user, sign up via the link with your University email address and then log in with your University username and password. You will then be asked to register
Once registered, users can log in with your University username and password.
Aston University's subscription includes:
The FT have a web app, mobile website and Android app. For more information see FT Apps & Mobile. Comment and sharing of articles does not work using the iPad web app.
The Library provides online access to the Financial Times via two research databases:
Nexis UK -
*Please note* There is a one month embargo on the latest issues
The Financial Times is now listed in your source box and you can search across the back file of newspaper.
Proquest (ABI Inform Complete)
*Please note* there is a one month embargo on the latest issue
Economist articles can also be searched via Business Source Complete but there is a one month embargo on current issues
*WARNING* If you are accessing Economist.com from off-campus and run a search on a topic, article results will open in a new tab. This loses authentication and restricts your access to the full text. This is a problem with the set up at Economist.com. They are aware of the issue and are working to resolve it with the assistance of University Libraries across the UK. If you are off-campus please access The Economist articles by right clicking on the article title and opening the content in a New Window
Articles from The Economist are available from 1992 onwards. Please note; pictures, tables and other graphics will be limited.
Regional Business News incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. This is accessible via our subscription to Business Source Complete
The library provides access to articles from around 100 different French-language national and local newspapers through Nexis UK. These include:
Aujourd'hui en France
Le Berry Républicain
La Dépêche du Midi
Le Figaro Economie
Le Journal du Centre
La Lettre de l'audiovisuel
Le Maine Libre
La Nouvelle République du Centre Ouest
Le Populaire du Centre
Le Progrès de Fécamp
La Republique du Centre
La Voix du Nord
The library provides access to articles from almost 100 different German-language national and local newspapers through Nexis UK. These include:
Der Neue Kämmerer
Immobilien Zeitung Aktuell
Landauer Neue Presse
Passauer Neue Presse
Rheinische Post Duesseldorf
Sächsische Zeitung Regionalausgaben
Taz, die Tageszeitung
The library provides access to articles from around 50 different Spanish-language national and local newspapers through Nexis UK. These include:
Al Día (Costa Rica)
El Comercio (Ecuador)
El Comercio (Peru)
El Financiero (Costa Rica)
El Mercurio (Chile)
El Nacional (Venezuela)
El Norte (Mexico)
El Norte de Castilla
El Nuevo Dia (Puerto Rico)
El País (Uruguay)
El Periodico de Aragon
El Periodico de Catalunya
El Periodico Extremadura
El Periodico Mediterraneo
El Universal (Mexico)
La Nación (Argentina)
La Nación (Costa Rica)
La Voz de Cádiz