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Commonwealth Studies: News sources


You will find a selection of news sources both in print and online for Comminwealth Studies on this page.

To see a comprehensive list of materials available to Bodleian readers go to:


Terms you may encounter in your research

A document published regularly, consisting of news reports, articles, photographs, and advertisements traditionally printed on large sheets of paper folded together.

Online, or digital newspaper
An online version of a newspaper, either as a stand-alone publication (born digital), or as the online version of a printed periodical.

A periodical publication containing news or dealing with matters of current interest in any particular sphere. Can have physical and/or digital (electronic) format.

Print and online news sources

The tabs at the top of this section list a selection of newspapers, journals (magazines) and news portals of interest to those studying African Studies

Help with news sources

For those wishing to learn more about searching for news sources in Oxford, we recommend the following guide:

To search for individual titles go to:

The Bodleian Libraries provide access to a wide range of current and historical news sources for African and Commonwealth Studies. The key printed African newspapers, held in the Weston Library Special Collections, include the Cape Times, East African Standard, and the Rhodesia Herald.  Search SOLO, Oxford Libraries' catalogue, to locate them.

The Bodleian Libraries subscribe to a number of databases which provide access to historical newspapers and news content.  A selection of interest to Commonwealth Studies is listed below. Readers may need their Single Sign On to access full text.

In addition to historical news archives the Bodleian Libraries also subscribe to a number of current news databases.  A selection is listed below.

In addition to newspapers and news sources available in Oxford there are other African newspaper collections which readers may wish to consider for their research.

In addition to resources the Bodleian Libraries subscribes to, there are a number of alternative free online news sources available for African Studies which readers may find useful. A selection is listed below.