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BOTANY 211: Changed Landscape of Wisconsin (Spring 2022) : Newspapers


About Newspapers

While the impact of a daily, printed newspaper has changed drastically, newspapers have long been a main pillar of information for a very wide audience. From large, national papers like the New York Times, to small, hometown papers like the Platteville Journal, to special interest papers, newspapers excel at getting information about current events out to a general audience quickly.

When searching newspaper databases, helpful search terms include:

  • Address
  • Street name
  • Landmark or building name
  • Neighborhood
  • Event
  • Individual name or name of organization/business

Tip: filter your results to a specific date range.


The most comprehensive database of historical Wisconsin newspapers is That said, the user interface is...lacking. A few hints on using the database follow below.



Click on "Advanced Search" to limit your search to a particular city and time period


You only have access to Wisconsin newspapers on this database, so ALL results will automatically be from Wisconsin publications.










Note the column on the right side of the results screen. This shows you the newspaper titles and date range spread of your results.



Clicking into a result will show you a full-page PDF. Use the red bar along the top to zoom in/out, save, etc.
Screengrab of top menu bar showing the "save" option.





TIP! Browse around the full page you see how your article fits into the larger context.
- What ads are on the page?
- What are the surrounding stories?
- What section of the newspaper are you looking at?

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