University Libraries Can Help You Through Paywalls

Many news sources block online content with paywalls, but University Libraries has digital subscriptions that can help communicators access much of it.

Here are a few of the resources available:


NewsBank provides a comprehensive collection of hundreds of reliable news sources covering a wide array of topics and issues. When logged into a University network, visit NewsBank and enter the title of the article headline you wish to read. 

For example, let’s say you were recently locked out of a story in the Faribault Daily News. Upon entering the title via NewsBank, you could not only read the full text, but also download the PDF.

The Wall Street Journal

The University Libraries also allows you to read stories from The Wall Street Journal. Simply follow these steps:

  1. The Wall Street Journal ( requires University of Minnesota users to create personal accounts using their U of M email addresses ( Register for WSJ here.
  2. All users must agree to their Privacy Policy, Subscriber Agreement, and Cookie Policy to create accounts. You will receive an email from to confirm your email address.
  3. Once a personal account is created, you can access from anywhere. 

The New York Times

Lastly, you can also access New York Times articles via the Libraries’ ProQuest subscription when logged into a University network. Enter the title of the article you’d like to read, and you can access full-text stories.

If you would like more information or have questions, please reach out to University Relations at