Newspaper Article Hyperlink Help Page

Links to historical newspaper articles on the FOOT website will not work properly unless you are logged on to either Newpapers.com or NewspaperArchives.com. These online newspaper databases can be accessed by purchasing a subscription to their services. They can also be accessed through free access portals at public libraries and institutions throughout the United States. On the FOOT website we have provided hyperlinks to historic newspaper articles from both the Newspapers.com and the NewspsperArchive.com databases.

Steps for free access to FOOT historical newspaper article links on NewspaperArchive.com

Step 1: If you have a Madison Public Library membership card, you can obtain free access to NewspaperArchive.com through their free portal on the Madison Public Library website by clicking on the following link:

https://www.scls.lib.wi.us/cgi-bin/libauth.cgi?connectto=MADNA

A Madison Public Library login screen for NewspaperAcess.com should open.

Step 2: Enter the barcode number on your library card and login to the NewspaperArchive.com website.

Step 3: You should now be able to go back to the FOOT website and click on historical newspaper article links for NewspaperArchives.com to access those newspaper articles.

 A successful library card login to the NewspaperArchive.com will be expire at midnight each day after which you will need to login again using steps 1 thru 3 above. If you do not have a Madison Public Library membership card, check with your local public library anywhere in the United States to see if they or other public institutions in your area offer free access to NewspaperArchive.com.

If you do not have a Madison Public Library membership card and do not live in the Madison area, ask your local public library if they provide a portal for free access to NewspaperArchive.com or Newspapers.com.

Steps for free access to FOOT historical newspaper article links on Newspapers.com

If you live in Wisconsin, you can obtain access to Newspapers.com through a free portal on BadgerLink, Wisconsin's Online Library.

Step 1: Click on the following link to BadgerLink:

https://badgerlink.dpi.wi.gov/resources?field_format_tid=469&field_classroom_subject_tid=All&field_user_group_tid=All&field_vendor_tid=516

Step 2: On the BadgerLink page that comes up,  scroll down on that page and click on the link to Newspapers.com Library Edition - World Collection.

A new browser tab should open to Newspapers.com World Collection. You should see a bar at the top of the page that has the words "Welcome, BADGERLINK CONSORTIA" . This will indicate that you are successfully logged onto Newspapers.com

Step 3: You should now be able to go back to the FOOT website and click on historical newspaper article links for Newspapers.com. The links will only work if you are actively using the Newspapers.com World Collection database. After about an hour of inactivity you will be automatically timed out. Anytime you get a Newspapers.com page that says you are logged out, or asks if you want to subscribe, or start a free trial, your free Badgerlink access has timed out and you will need to go through Steps 1 thru 3 again to continue accessing the Newspapers.com links on the FOOT website for free.

Important note: Free access to Newspapers.com from BadgerLink will not allow you to view most Capital Times or Wisconsin State Journal newspapers published after 1922 and before 2005.

Please also note that Wisconsin residents who are traveling out of state can also access BadgerLink while out of state if they have a Wisconsin Public Library membership card and log onto Badgerlink using their Wisconsin Public Library membership card. If you try to access Badgerlink while traveling out of state, you will get a login screen. If you have a public Library membership card for a Wisconsin public library, you can use that card's barcode number to log onto Badgerlink from outside Wisconsin. This type of login will stay active until midnight of the day you log in. Once you have gained free access to Badgerlink in this manner you will still have to go through steps 1 through 3 above to gain the free access to Newspapers.com from BadgerLink.

If you live outside the state of Wisconsin ask your local public library whether they or any other public institution in your state offers a free access portal to either NewspaperArchives.com or Newspapers.com. If you find an institution in your state that provides this access, ask them for the steps needed to gain this access to one of these two online newspaper databases. If you follow your local institution's steps for free access either of these online newspaper databases, you should then be able to successfully use the newspaper article links on the FOOT website for that online newspaper database.