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ENGL 082 Bailey

Introduction to Library resources

Magazines in the Library

Each campus library has a selection of print journals and magazines shelved alphabetically by title. Older issues of some journals and magazines are in storage and may be requested. 

Databases to Find Magazine Articles

Newspapers through the Library

Newspapers rely on reporters and freelance writers to create original stories. They also use shared "wire services" and they will share articles written for the Associated Press or for different newspapers published elsewhere. Most newspapers require subscriptions for full access. You may be able to read a few articles online, but then may be prompted to pay to keep reading. This is called a 'paywall', and accessing newspapers through the Library allows you to bypass the paywall.

News Websites

BC and Canada

United States



Alternative & independent media sources

Alternative sources represent perspectives outside of society's mainstream or dominant ideology.

Selected sources:

  • Briarpatch - Independent and contemporary magazine with a grassroots perspective.
  • - Non-commercial and not-for-profit network of media analysis. 
  • Rabble - Non-profit organization aiming to increase public awareness and informed participation in Canadian media.
  • ProPublica: Journalism in the Public Interest - Independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism with moral force.
  • Vancouver Observer - Community publishing platform for local people with strong opinions (citizen journalism).

Select alternative news publications

British Columbia

  • The Georgia Straight - Weekly news, lifestyle, and entertainment about Vancouver, BC.
  • The Tyee - An independent, online news magazine that informs and enlivens democratic conversation.
  • Vancouver Observer - A community publishing platform for local bloggers, arts and culture critics, real estate watchers, and the city's people.


  • Briarpatch - Politics and culture magazine that offers reporting, insight, and analysis from a grassroots perspective.
  • Canadian Dimension - The longest-standing voice of the left in Canada.
  • The Dominion - A coast-to-coast network of local media co-operatives dedicated to providing grassroots, democratic coverage of their communities and of Canada.
  • Adbusters - Independent non-profit magazine with a network of artist and activist contributors.

United States 

  • The American Prospect - Independent journalistic source for liberal thought based in Washington, D.C.
  • Christian Science Monitor - Independent international news organization. 
  • Counterpunch - Independent poltical magazine based in Petrolia, California. 
  • Insight Magazine - A magazine dedicated to enhancing the value of the CPA profession through the strategic initiatives of advocacy, information, education, and connections. 
  • The Intercept - News organization dedicated to adversarial journalism launched by EBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar.
  • In These Times - Progressive, political magazine covering current controversial issues.
  • Mother Jones - A reader-supported, investigative news organization published by the nonprofit Foundation for National Progress.
  • Middle East Report - Critical, alternative reporting and analysis, focusing on state power, political economy and social hierarchies as well as popular struggles and the role of US policy in the region.
  • The Nation - Investigative, independent journal focusing on politics and culture.
  • The Patriot Post - Judeo-Christian online grassroots journal.
  • ProPublica: Journalism in the Public Interest. Investigative, independent journal that covers a range of topics including government and politics, business, criminal justice, the environment, education, health care, immigration, and technology.
  • Utne Reader - A digital digest of the new ideas and fresh perspectives percolating in arts, culture, politics, and spirituality. 
  • Z magazine - An independent monthly magazine dedicated to activism.


  • The Guardian - A British daily newspaper.
  • Le Monde Diplomatique (English edition) - Independent, international paper covering global news, based in France and the UK.
  • New Left Review - A 160-page journal published every two months from London that analyses world politics, the global economy, state powers and protest movements; contemporary social theory, history and philosophy; cinema, literature, heterodox art and aesthetics.

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