Online Access to Canadian Newspapers


If you’re an online news reader, you may have noticed that some publications have started capping the number of articles you can read online for free.  The Windsor Star is one of several Canadian newspapers to adopt this practice; once you’ve used up your ten freebies, you cannot access any more content without a subscription.

Did you know that your library card grants you access to Windsor Star articles, as well as several others (National Post, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Sun, and more) for free? Some publications offer same day access, while others have a 1-day delay.


If you’re looking for a specific article you can use the database’s built in search engine to browse several publications simultaneously.  Or, using the Advanced Search feature, you can limit your search to specified people, publications, years, places, etc.  Some of the papers have full text articles dating back to the mid 1980’s.

Interested more in browsing? Not a problem. That’s easy too.  Just click on ‘Publications’ in the menu, select the title you are interested in (i.e. The Windsor Star) and then select the issue.  Tip: Click on ‘Publications’ NOT on ‘View Title List’. By default, the most recent issue will appear near the top, but you can scroll down the page to access back issues.  Articles can be read online, but there are also options for printing, saving, and recording citations.

Canadian Newsstand Major Dailies has some online help and search tips built right in, offering guidance on how to take advantage of the valuable tools available to you.  Library staff is also happy to assist you either in the library or via phone/email.


You can access the Canadian Newsstand Database by placing your mouse over ‘RESEARCH’ on the main menu of our website, clicking on Databases, and selecting it from the list (Look in Research – For Everybody).

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1 Response to "Online Access to Canadian Newspapers"

  1. Rocco Monti says:

    Hello, is it possible to find news about a car accident on september 1st 1974?

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