News Sources

The Library subscribes to the Washington Post. Get the username and password in the library for online access.

How to access our databases.

Recommended Databases:

  • Daily newspapers are available in World Book Advanced – Under “Research & Resources” in the upper right hand corner of its home page. Find newspapers from all over the world and every state in the U.S. — just today’s issue. However, the tool does not provide back issues across all newspapers.
  • World History in Context– see fantastic video, reference and magazine articles there with a quick search.
  • American History in Context– video, reference and magazine articles there with a quick search.
  • Historical Newspapers:  Arlington Public Library provides card-holders online access to these databasesNew York Times (Historical), The Evening Star (local to DC), The Washington Post, and Alexandria Gazette, and from many important US newspapers:  Proquest Newspapers.  Find additional sources of freely available  Library of Congress as well as this source for African American Newspapers from history.
  • NewsELA is a small database that is not maintained by the library. Find it linked in some Canvas Courses. Its features make it user-friendly for developing readers of English.

Reputable News sources on the Internet, whose editorial boards represent a broad spectrum of views:

Podcasts- download and listen, or view on your device

APS-provided iPads may presently have a News app that you can configure to show the topics you wish (it functions like a generalized RSS feed.)

Elections and Politics

Many thanks to Theresa Flynn (former Supervisor of Libraries in APS) for these contributions!  Note:  some of sites include significant bias. They are offered as support to lessons from Common Sense Media and Librarians in order to facilitate lessons that skill students to critically evaluate sources for bias, authenticity and the application of The Society of Journalists’ code of ethics.

Political Party sites:

Additional sites:
ALA’s “Great Websites for Kids” (lots on Government, little on the elections):
Christian Science Monitor:
Fact Check:
Larry Ferlazzo’s teacher-focused blog on best educational websites (has good comparative sites for political ads):
League of Women Voters:
PBS NewsHour (has educator materials): (PBS for students:
Real Clear Politics: