Illustrated London News

Illustrated London News

This guide will help you navigate the world's first illustrated weekly newspaper.

You can print or download this Illustrated London News helpsheet [1 MB].

The world's first illustrated weekly newspaper published from 1842 until 2003, the Illustrated London News is a useful source of historical information, covering UK and world events, from royal balls to scientific invention and exploration. You can access it in any West Sussex library and 24/7 from your computer, tablet or smartphone once you are a member.

How to use the Illustrated London News

Go to eInformation: Online Reference Library and click A-Z of electronic resources.

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Then scroll down to Illustrated London News.

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For a simple search enter your topic on the header banner.

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Below you can see the results of a search for Queen Elizabeth with 4,703 articles found! It is recommended that you put the phrase/phrases in quotes. You can also limit the search by date.

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Searching for news items in a large database, especially shorter articles, can be difficult. Illustrated London News also offers an Advanced Search option. This can be found under or alongside the simple search box.

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Once you have found an article you would like to view you can preview it by clicking on ‘Keyword Preview’. To open the full article click on the title of the article.

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You can print, save or email articles from Illustrated London News. Click on the toolbar (see above) found to the right of the search box for the options. For information about copyright please see the ‘Terms of use’ found at the bottom of the webpage.

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There are many other online resources available via the West Sussex Libraries website.  Go to eInformation: Online Reference Library for access to the Times Digital Archive and Press Reader.

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Other ways we can help you find the information that you need:

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This guide has been produced by West Sussex County Council Library Service © 2020.

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