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The Independent Digital Archive, 1986-2012, 1st Edition

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The Independent is a major British daily national newspaper, launched in 1986 as an antidote to its often overtly politicized rivals. Its evolution over a quarter of a century has been considerable, but it has throughout that period retained a unique position in British journalism.

Over the last 30 years, The Independent has taken strong campaigning positions on issues such as the legalization of drugs, the War on Terror, and the environment.

It received the "Newspaper of the Year" award in 1987, its first full year of publication, and by the end of 1988, its circulation had risen to more than 400,000. This success led to the launch of The Independent on Sunday in January 1990.

Featuring journalists and columnists from across the political spectrum, the paper is generally regarded as centrist, taking idiosyncratic views on the free market, social issues, and culture.

As part of the Gale NewsVault program, The Independent Digital Archive will therefore bring a major alternative perspective to the news of the day presented in other Gale NewsVault archives, particularly the more conservative and establishment-supporting views contained in The Times Digital Archive and The Daily Mail Historical Archive.

Detailed Overview

The Independent Digital Archive, 1986-2012 is a digital collection that covers the full run of the newspaper from its very first issue until the end of 2012. The archive provides a crucial alternative perspective to the views of the British mainstream press of the 20th and 21st centuries and is destined to become a key resource for the study of late 20th century and early 21st century history, media, culture, and society.

Users can seamlessly search, retrieve, and browse articles, pages, and issues of the newspaper in an intuitive online environment designed for in-depth teaching and research. The digital archive offers students and researchers insight not only into the shifting media landscape but also into how contemporary culture, society, and politics have been represented in the years leading up to and beyond the millennium.

The archive includes The Independent on Sunday (1990-onwards) and issues from 2005 are available in full color.

The Independent Digital Archive presents critical material for teaching, learning, and research:
• An essential resource for media studies and journalism, 20th and 21st century studies, regional studies, especially the Middle East and Africa, international relations and politics, and modern literature.
• The Independent provides political balance to other major UK national newspapers
• Provides an analysis of contemporary culture and the shifting media landscape in the 20th/21st centuries
• For students of art and graphic design, it provides numerous examples of how to present important ideas and issues in visually arresting, radical ways

More Information: Fact Sheet (PDF, 3 MB)

Curriculum Alignment

Only Gale Digital Collections offers the depth and breadth of historic content that scholarly researchers demand. Spanning continents and centuries, GDC delivers thousands of rare primary sources, archival newspapers and periodicals, commentaries, images, manuscripts and much more.


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