Newspaper Cuttings About Sussex People

Newspaper Cuttings About Sussex People

This guide will help you get started with finding articles about Sussex People in local newspapers held at West Sussex Library Service.

You can print or download this newspaper cuttings about Sussex People helpsheet [1 MB].


This guide will show you how to search for, save and print articles about Sussex People from local newspapers digitised from originals held by West Sussex Library Service as part of the Worthing Community Hub project.

The Sussex People Newspaper Cuttings collection includes over 7000 articles in 440 folders from newspapers and some magazines, mainly from the mid-19th century to 2019.

The collection includes well-known people such as Hilaire Belloc, Dame Vera Lynn and William Penn, as well as local community figures.

Searching the West Sussex People Cuttings Collection

After you have logged on to the public computer, to access the West Sussex People Cuttings Collection, double-click on the Documents icon on the desktop.

Screenshot of library computer desktop screen

Choose This PC then double-click Local History Sources.

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Screenshot of local history drive

Then double-click on Cuttings Collection.

Screenshot of cuttings collection folder

Then double-click on Sussex People.

Screen snip of Sussex People folder

To find the person you are looking for, you either need to open the folder beginning with the first letter(s) of their name, or they may have their own named folder if there are numerous cuttings about them.

Screen snip of named person folder

Each cutting is saved as a named and numbered pdf e.g. Selassie_Haile_001. (Please note that files with an ‘a’ at the end are scans of the back of cuttings, usually showing the name of newspaper and date of the cutting).

Screenshot of document relating to named person

To view the cutting, double-click on the pdf, which will open in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.

Screenshot of newspaper cutting

To search for specific keywords, you can either search the article that you have just opened, or a whole folder of cuttings.

From the toolbar, click on Edit then Advanced Search.

Screen snip of phrase search bar

If you want to search a whole folder, click on All PDF Documents then the down arrow to choose Browse for location.

Then click on This PC, then choose the Local History Sources folder. Then choose Cuttings Collection, then Sussex People, then either the folder you require, or search the entire Sussex People folder.

Type your keyword(s) in the What word… box and click Search.

Screenshot of keyword search result

A security warning box may pop up. Click on Allow.

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Click on the link to view the results. Note that the keyword(s) will be highlighted in blue in the displayed article.  To enlarge the article so that you can read it, use the zoom controls.

Screenshot of article

To print the article, click File from the toolbar, followed by Print.

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To save the article, click File from the toolbar, followed by Save As.

Click on My Computer, then Choose a Different Folder.

Save the pdf to This PC then Documents or if you have a memory stick, insert it into the USB port on the left-hand side of the PC monitor. Then find the location in the column on the left and save your file there.

Screenshot of external hard drive options

If you don’t have a memory stick, you could open your web-based email account such as Hotmail or Gmail, then email the file to yourself.

Alternatively, you could take a screenshot of the article, paste it into a blank message and email it to yourself.

To take a screenshot, click on Edit then Take a Snapshot.

The cursor will change to a cross-shape.  Position it above and to the left of the extract that you wish to save or print.  Then left click and hold the button down.  Now drag the cursor across the extract so that it is highlighted in blue.  When you release your finger, an onscreen message will confirm your edit. Click on OK. The image will be copied onto the clipboard, so you can open an email, right click and paste in the image.

Screenshot of image clipboard

How to use these cuttings

Please note that West Sussex County Council Library Service created these files and owns the copyright. Some of the articles may still be in copyright and it is your responsibility to check this if you intend to publish any. You are welcome to save, and print, whole files, or extracts, for private research or educational use, including multiple copies. You must contact us to request permission before publishing or sharing them online, in print, talks or exhibitions as we shall require a specific credit line, and/or a link and may charge a fee if for commercial use.  If you share them on social media, please credit ‘West Sussex Library Service’ and the newspaper. For permission or further information, please email the Enquiries Team 

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