Newspapers from the 18th century onwards have provided vital primary source materials to researchers.
In the past the Library purchased many selections on microfilm and some of these still do not yet exist in digital format.
For example there are French newspapers from the time of the 1870 Franco Prussian War and British titles from 1914-1918.
Microfilms may be requested via library search and read in the High Use Collection on the digital microfilm reader which will save page images to a USB.
Australian newspaper coverage 1803-1953 is available via the
Digitised newspapers and more from Trove at the National Library.
Advanced Search provides precise searching options and lists of newspapers scanned along with their dates.
Scanning is not yet complete so it is wise to check.
In addition to the main resource (to 1953)
The Australian Women's Weekly is available 1933-1982 and the
Canberra Times 1926 - 1995.
This means that there is a digital gap mainly 1953 to the 1990's where microfilm will need to be used.
The best way into them is to get the most precise dates you can, or exact references from previous theses, books and articles.
For the last 50 years or so of political and current affairs theres is:
Australian Public Affairs Newspaper Cuttings Collection, 1952 - 1981 Mfilm Per 44
Government and politics of Australia covering 1982-1989(?) Mfiche Per 44