The archives you are looking for are easily accessible on the web, but
you should be forewarned that almost all charge a fee for full access
to articles. However, it is also true that almost all the archives
can be searched -- and articles identified -- at no charge. The major
archives are listed here:
"eLibrary aggregates hundreds and hundreds of full-text periodicals,
nine international newswires, classic books, hundreds of maps,
thousands of photographs, as well as major works of literature, art
You can search here for free, but there is a charge to access the full
articles. (Hint: you can also get the references from sites like
elibrary, and then ask your local librarian to get you copies of the
At this site, you can easily select the specific newspapers you want
to search, though not all major papers are included here. Again, the
search, and a brief article description, is free, but there is a
charge to retrieve the full articles.
This is the largest news searching service in operation. Users
ordinarily pay big bucks for annual subscriptions to Nexis, but you
can use it on a pay-per-use basis as well. Once again, searching is
free, but there is a charge for the full article. In order to search,
though, you will need to register first, which involves submitting
credit card information. The advantage to Nexis, along with its very
powerful search capabilities, is that you can easily search for only
major news stories from major sources. If you want to try the
service, go to the Nexis site and click on the text that says:
Not a Subscriber
Search Now Using Your
I'll also mention this site, even though its collection does not
extend back to 1993. Even so, there may be articles that look back at
the WTC bombing, and access to the articles is free, so it's worth a
"FindArticles.com is a vast archive of published articles that you can
search for free. Constantly updated, it contains articles dating back
to 1998 from more than 300 magazines and journals."
I also want to include this last service, which I haven't used myself
(yet) but which sounds very valuable:
"The Television News Archive collection at Vanderbilt University is
the world's most extensive and complete archive of television news.
The collection holds more than 30,000 individual network evening news
broadcasts from the major U.S. national broadcast networks: ABC, CBS,
NBC, and CNN, and more than 9,000 hours of special news-related
programming including ABC's Nightline since 1989."
You can register at this site for free, and then search for news
broadcasts. Tapes of broadcasts are available for loan; there is a
service fee for this.
One last thing: many public libraries have databases available
through web access to their local patrons. Check with your local
library to see if such a service is available -- it may prove useful
to you in your current research.
Feel free to use the "Request for Clarification" button to et me know
if you need any information beyond what I've provided here.
Good luck in your research.