When you search for news in Google, you’ll get the most recent articles relevant to your query. But sometimes, you may need to see a topic’s coverage over time or find the most significant article rather than the most recent.
Let’s say you’re doing a retrospective on NASA's ambitions for putting a man on Mars. You can trace how the story is unfolding using the news archives.
Go to news.google.com and enter your query in the search box.
From the results page that appears, go to Tools just below the search box.
From the menu that appears, click Recent.
On the dropdown list, click Archive. Or, if you’d like to specify a date range, click Custom range.
Your results will be ranked by significance and may include stories as far back as 2003.
You’ve surveyed stories as far back as 2003, but how do you get to 1995? There are two ways to perform your research. The first is your regular Google Web Search. Just note that it doesn’t support custom date ranges earlier than 1970 or link to content behind a paywall.
To find stories from 1995 or before, you can search for scanned newspaper articles.
Go to google.com and type in site:google.com/newspapers, followed by the search terms you’d like to use.
For example, site:google.com/newspapers NASA putting man on Mars. This should yield any scanned articles on your topic.