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Books: challenged, banned, and burned

Researching and tracing trends and events

Open online sources

Open online sources


Selected article databases to research authors and challenged, banned or burned books


If the default search results are unsatisfactory

  • try advanced search
  • experiment with search terms: more or fewer, synonyms, various combinations

If you feel stuck after trying multiple searches and databases


Newspaper databases to locate articles about book challenges and bans

Recommended news agencies online

These two sources are regularly at the top/center of the Media Bias Chart


Associated Press (AP) 

Search tips:

In Google  or can be more effective than a site's search box

With the site: feature and for news, try the state,  town, library, school, or book name, along with variations on banned books