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How To: Find Sources

Use the tabs below to find information and links on finding different types of sources.

News Wire Services

A news wire service--also known as a news agency or wire service--is an organization that generates news reports and sells them to other reporting agencies, such as newspapers, magazines, television broadcast programs, and digital news reporting sites. The majority of news reports come from stories originally reported by the wire services, making them an excellent source to consult. However, as with any resource, be sure to evaluate any information and reporting for bias.

There are over a dozen different wire services, based around the world, but the librarians at WNC recommend starting with the following:

  • Reuters
    Reuters is one of the largest and most well-known news agencies in the world and is based in the United Kingdom.
  • Agence France-Presse
    AFP is the oldest news reporting and distribution agency in the world. It is based in Paris, France and is a state run agency.
  • Associated Press
    The Associated Press (AP), founded in 1846, is a non-profit news agency, headquartered in New York. 
    For AP's news site, please click on this link.

Newspaper Databases

National News

Directory of Newspapers by State

Historic Newspapers

International News



  • CBC News 
    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation international news online.
  • Common 
    "News for the Progressive community" with links to newspapers, news services, columnists, radio and televisions programs. 
  • Google News 
    News stories from over 4,500 sources. 
  • Newseum
    Daily newspaper front pages from newspapers around the world.
  • World
    World Newspapers, Magazines and News Sites In English
    Articles reprinted from the world's newspapers and magazines as well as articles written by their staff. 

Nevada News

General Sources

  • Nevada News Sources  (ABYZ News Links)
    Covers all types of media news sources:  newspapers, television and radio stations.

Select Television Stations

Radio Stations


Historical Newspapers

Newspaper Archive covers historical newspapers from Nevada, as well as other states, dating back to the 1800s. (Available at the Nevada State Library & Archives and the UNR Knowledge Center Library)

Carson City

Elko:  Elko Daily Free Press

Ely:  Ely Daily Times

Fallon:  Lahontan Valley News

Gardnerville:  Record-Courier

Incline Village:  Sierra Sun

Lake Tahoe:  Tahoe Daily Tribune

Las Vegas

Laughlin:  Laughlin Nevada Times


Pahrump:  Pahrump Valley Times

Sparks:  Sparks Tribune

Winnemucca: Inside Northern Nevada

Yerington:  Mason Valley News

Alternative News Sources

An alternative press, often called an independent press, "is a small entity which is not controlled by corporations that dominate the publishing industry... Alternative press publications often address important social issues and publish innovative and experimental works largely ignored or covered superficially in the mainstream press." (ODLIS, the Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science) 


Adapted from: Yale University Library Alternative News Sources  by Todd Gilman, PhD, MLS