All the news that's fit to print

Ever heard the expression, all the news that’s fit to print?  Wonder what that means?  Could it be that the news article you’re reading on Facebook or other social media outlets isn’t the genuine, real deal?  How can you be sure that’s not fake news?  Is it news that’s factual, accurate or relevant?  How can you be sure?  Might be something that’s been hocked from The Onion—that morphs into something even more fantastical and embellished!

Indeed, nowadays it’s a real possibility that the news you're looking at and reading is completely or nearly completely fake, make-believe news.  The most secure way to get an accurate news account begins with the Denver Public Library's homepage.  First from the homepage, go to Research, then Popular Topics, then Newspapers.  Or, go to Databases A-Z and find America's Newspapers, Denver Post, New York Times or Wall Street Journal.

For a comprehensive list of accessible newspapers across the U.S. and beyond, check out  This free site provides current issues of both daily and weekly newspapers ranging from the Aspen Times to the Zanesville Time Recorder.  You can find the link to this resource by again going to Research Popular Topics Newspapers.  On the right side of this last screen, you'll see "Additional Resources," where you then can click on "National and International Newspapers."

To best access archived news articles or if you’re a student needing primary sources, check out our handy National Newspaper Core database, which contains the full text of the following five national newspapers:

  • New York Times, June 1980-current
  • Wall Street Journal, January 1984-current
  • Christian Science Monitor, October 1988-current
  • Los Angeles Times, January 1985-current
  • Washington Post, January 1987-current

Or, check out the New York Times Historical Backfile, which goes all the way back to 1851.  Truly a treasure trove, these databases have more than enough news, and news that's factual, accurate and most importantly: fit to print.  And as far as primary sources go, these research resources offer newsworthy information good enough to satisfy the most discerning National History Day scholar!  So, now you know about all the news which is truly fit to print!

Written by Leigh Ann on December 15, 2016


Anonymous on December 15, 2016


I've used the New York Times Historical resource before and it's such an amazing resource. Thank you Leigh Ann.


Thank you for your comment & yes, the NYT Historical Backfile is one of our very best research aids--plus it's free!