Chicago Tribune and Chicago Tribune Historical Archive

While the PSC Library subscribes to the Chicago Tribune in print, you may not know that we also provide access to the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Tribune Historical Archive databases, where you can search for and read the text of articles going all the way back to 1849. This can be a great resource for research on topics involving local history or even of how national stories were reflected in the Midwest at the time. You can also just read the articles from today’s issue of the paper.

Although most articles available through the PSC Library can be found through OneSearch, the Chicago Tribune databases are some of the few exceptions, due to lack of cooperation from the companies holding the publication rights to the Tribune. Because of that, you’ll need to search for these articles separately. To enter either database, go to the library website and click on “Find,” then on “All Databases.”

find all databases

Then either click on C (for Chicago Tribune) or scroll down to the Cs in the alphabetical list:



At this point you have a choice between three options, either the Chicago Tribune database, which gives you access to articles from between 1985 and today, with a prominent link to today’s issue:


Or you have the option of the Chicago Tribune Historical Archive for articles from 1849 to 1993:


Or you can search all Tribune combined content:


Once you’ve found an article, you have the usual variety of tools available in most databases, for citing, emailing, and saving articles. As an example, here is the citation tool, which pops up when you click on the “Cite” link on the top-right of the screen.


You can then copy and paste that citation text to include in your assignment. Be aware that by default it uses APA 6th ed. citations. You can change that by using the drop down box for citation style, selecting your preferred style, and clicking on the “Change” button.

As always, your PSC librarians are happy to help you use the functions of any of these databases and tools and to help you search and critically think about information!


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