This is a list of text-searchable, free to access (no-pay, non-subscription/-membership/-login) online English newspaper sources. As a rule, entries on this list access many thousands or millions of newspaper pages; they are intended to provide a significant resource to aid in building Wikipedia articles, in which citations to reliable sources is the lifeblood of proper content and at the core of all of Wikipedia's content policies and guidelines, such as notability, verifiability, neutral point of view, and no original research. Websites that provide only limited free material, thus cutting off the bulk of a much larger database, such as The New York Times, are not included.
- BC Historical Newspapers (1865–1994) – database covering 153 British Columbia newspapers, with over 12 million pages available; provided by the University of British Columbia.
- Boston College newspaper collection (1888–2013) – provides over 134,000 pages
- Brooklyn Daily Eagle – Digitization of the historic Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper, from 1841 to 1955; approximately 830,000 newspaper pages. Also searches Brooklyn Life (10,000 plus pages) and Activities of Long Island Society (53,000 plus pages).
- California Digital Newspaper Collection – provides over 5.8 million pages.
- Caribbean Newspaper Digitization Project (titles from various countries, 1900–present) – archive of historic and current newspapers from the Caribbean, providing access to over 2.6 million pages.
- Chronicling America – digitization project of the U.S. Library of Congress; a smorgasbord of American newspapers published between 1789 and 1922; approximately 17,000,000 pages.
- Elephind – text searchable free database with access to over 199 million items from 4,267 newspaper titles.
- The European Library – text searchable free database of approximately 3.3 million European newspaper pages; a project funded under the European Commission's CIP 2007–2013 programme.
- Google News Archive — an unsupported (abandoned) database. Most useful to find a specific date of a specific newspaper. Limited searching ability. (See Google News Archive.)
- The Independent – archives of The Independent from 30 June 1992 to present.
- New York State Historic Newspapers – provides over 10.6 million newspaper pages.
- Manitobia (1869–present) – 38 Manitoban newspapers provided by Department of Canadian Heritage
- North Carolina Newspapers (1824–2011) – text searchable database of 141 student and community newspapers from schools and towns around North Carolina.
- Old Fulton NY Post Cards – a private digitization project; contains over 48 million old New York State historical newspaper pages.
- Papers Past – digitization project of the National Library of New Zealand; over 6 million New Zealand newspaper pages, 270 thousand pages of magazine and journal content, as well as certain letters, diaries and parliamentary papers.
- The Guardian – all content is free. It is not clear how far back the archive goes, but it extends at least to 1999.
- Trove – digitization project of the National Library of Australia; over 5.4 million Australian newspaper pages.
- Virginia Chronicle, Library of Virginia over 1.3 million pages and nearly 184K articles as of February 2021.
- Newspaper Archives, Indexes & Morgues – A list of online newspaper archives like this page, curated by the Library of Congress (includes both pay and free sources)
- Wikipedia:List of online newspaper archives – Note: includes newspapers that are behind a paywall and a large portion are not text-searchable
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