13 March 2010

Browse the Ottawa Citizen archive

Google have now introduced the ability to browse archived newspapers by date. Using it is a bit convoluted.

Suppose you're interested in the Ottawa Citizen. Do a Google News Archives advanced search specifying Ottawa Citizen as the source. Click on a hit to bring up a digitized back issue. Then click on "browse this newspaper" which will bring up a page like that shown. You can display by various time-frames up to the decade level. It will permit you to see exactly which issues are available.

Below is a histogram of the number of Ottawa Citizen issues available by decade.

Interesting that issues for the 1880s appear to be missing. They can be found by searching for Ottawa Daily Citizen rather than Ottawa Citizen!

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