Database Guides

International Newsstream

ProQuest International Newsstream provides full-text information from more than 660 of the world's top newspapers (outside the USA and Canada), plus numerous newswires.

Newpaper coverage includes The Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, The Scotsman, The Bangkok Post, El Norte, Jerusalem Post, South China Morning Post and the Asian Wall Street Journal. Also included is the BBC Monitoring series of publications.

Foreign language newspapers and other materials appear in their original language - but in some cases it is possible to get a VERY basic translation by choosing the Translate option and selecting the relevant languages (see the section View, Save, Print and Export below).


At the opening search screen, click on Advanced Search just above the search box. The Advanced Search screen allows you to enter search terms in different boxes and to combine them more easily; it also allows you to narrow your search using the options at the bottom of the screen.

Break down your topic into keywords and phrases (words and/or phrases which need to be found in an article to make it relevant to your topic).

Enter these words and phrases on different lines. Place quotation marks around phrases to ask the database to find the words together as a phrase.


If you are looking for articles on fake news and its impact on elections, enter the phrase "fake news" on one line and the word elections on another line. This search will find any article which mentions both these concepts.

It is useful to change the dropdown box from Anywhere to Anywhere except full text - NOFT. This restricts your results to articles in which your search terms appear in the title or the summary of the article (so should form a major part of the article).

You can choose to narrow your search to Peer Reviewed and by Publication date.

You can also use the boxes at the bottom of the screen to restrict your results to particular types of content and specific languages; but as you will find similar options when you view your search results, it is often best to wait until you see how many results you have and then narrow them at that stage.

Once your are happy with the options you have selected, click on Search to begin your search.

Reviewing Your Results

You will now see a list of results which contain your search terms. You will see the most recent result first but can change the display to show the most relevant result first by changing the option on the left of the screen to Relevance.

Use the options on the left of the screen to narrow down your results as appropriate.

Choosing Publication date will allow you to narrow the results to a particular time frame (when perhaps a topic in which you are interested was the subject of sustained debate).

Select and open Publication title if you wish to restrict your results to particular newspapers (for example highly regarded UK newspapers like The Times, The Guardian, The Scotsman and The Herald). Remember that you should look for press coverage of topics in quality newspapers - your lecturers will not wish to see references to tabloid newspapers. Business students may find news from the Financial Times and particularly helpful.

If you are studying particular companies, firms or organisations, you may wish to open the Company/Organization dropdown menu to narrow your results to articles in which that body is the main focus of the article.

Further down the screen you can limit your results to a particular Location, Person or Language.

Once you have applied all appropriate limits, simply click on Full text under the title of any article to view the full text.

View, Save, Print and Export

Click on the title of any news item to view the full-text. Use the options on the right of the screen to Save the document as a PDF, Email the article or Print it.

Click on Save to get the chance to Export the citation to RefWorks.

You can also export citations for multiple articles at the Results screen, by ticking the articles you wish to keep a note of and then choosing Save (just above the first result).

   Top Tip!

If a document is in a foreign language it may be possible, depending on that language, to use the Translate option to get a very basic translation:

The machine translation comes with a disclaimer: