The Times Digital Archive is an online, full-text facsimile of more than 200 years of the Times, one of the most highly regarded resources for eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century news coverage, with every page of every issue from 1785 to 2010. This historical newspaper archive allows researchers an unparalleled opportunity to search and view the best-known and most cited newspaper in the world online in its original published context.
Read by both world leaders and the general public, the Times has offered readers in-depth, award-winning, objective coverage of world events since its creation in 1785 and is the oldest daily newspaper in continuous publication.
Beginning in 1986, the Times expanded its sports and cultural coverage with the increase of weekend supplements, giving the researcher of today even broader insight into our modern world.
The archive supports research across multiple disciplines and areas of interest, including business, humanities, political science, philosophy, and numerous other subjects with coverage of all major international historical events.
The Times (London) is the world’s oldest continuously published newspaper. Readers have turned to the Times for its in-depth news coverage, parliamentary reports and commentary, editorial opinion, and unique view of history from the major reporters and editors of the period. The Times Digital Archive, 1785–2010 allows users to see the complete page of every issue published over parts of four centuries. To facilitate precise searching, each article is assigned to one of twenty-six subcategories within seven main categories, including:
As the most famous English-language newspaper of this period, the Times (London) is a critical resource for studying a range of subjects for the past 231 years.
Examples of topics covered:
Researchers can now easily see the frequency of search terms within sets of content to begin identifying central themes and assessing how individuals, events, and ideas interacted and developed over time.
By grouping commonly occurring themes, this tool reveals hidden connections to search terms — helping scholars shape their research and integrate diverse content with relevant information.
Integrate content from complementary primary source products in one intuitive environment to enable users to make never-before-possible research connections.
“The Times Digital Archive comprises searchable images of every page of every issue of The Times (London) from 1785 to 1985, making it a terrific source of information about 19- and 20th-century history.”
“We called this 'a dream of a database,' a full-text archive providing access not only to articles from The Times but also to advertising and classified ads, editorials, birth and death notices, book reviews, crossword puzzles, letters to the editor, and the Court Page, which details the activities of the royals.”
“A fascinating and valuable primary source for history, social science research, arts, and humanities courses. . . . Recommended for school, public, academic, and special libraries both for its content and the intuitive InfoTrac interface.”
“. . . sophisticated search interface and features makes The Times Digital Archive an asset in public and academic institutions and for anyone from scholars to history enthusiasts.”
“One of my favourite online resources.”