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1 Using news databases Laura Jeffrey Researcher Training Librarian

2 Course outline Key resources for current news Other resources for current news Historic news resources Freely available news resources Access: – All resources on Other online resources pageOther online resources Accessed via library catalogue

3 Focus of news databases Scale Local National International Language English Non-English Currency Recent Historic

4 Key resources Titles range from 1980s-mid 1990s to present Lack of context and text-only InfoTrac – simple interface, searches UK broadsheets Nexis UK – Large number of resources, advanced search options Factiva – Business focus but searches wide range of resources

5 Additional resources Times Literary Supplement 1994 – Times Higher Education Supplement 1995 – The Economist 1997 – Non-textual news Newsfilm Online - ITN/Reuters archives 1900-2007 News on screen - 1910-1983 (UK) Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty News resources

6 Hands on Look at the three main news databases: InfoTrac, Nexis UK and Factiva Explore other news resources at

7 Historic news online Times Digital Archive 1785-1985 British Newspapers 1600-1900 Eighteenth century journals 1685-1815. EEBO and ECCO for pamphlets JSTOR Pamphlets (19 th century British) Economist Historical Archive 1843-2003 Historic Australian newspapers 1803-1954

8 Historic news in microform Keyword search for newspapers, limit to microform Some national and local e.g. Durham and Sunderland County Herald 1839-67 International e.g. Kabul Times 1969-79, Milliyet (Istanbul)1970-86, Pravda 1921-1953, Jerusalem Post 1950-2007 Historic news

9 Freely available news resources Individual newspaper titles and news sources Current news/what is available on public sites Advanced search engine options e.g. Google NewsGoogle News News-specific search engines – Silobreaker Silobreaker – Chipwrapper (UK)/Google Custom Search Chipwrapper – NewsNow (News International content blocked) NewsNow

10 Freely available news resources Current news databases – Kidon Media link Kidon Media link – MIT Libraries Higher Education – ResearchProfessesional – Funding Councils web sites

11 Hands on Try searching historic resources if applicable Use the advanced search options on generic engines Free news databases e.g. Kidon Media Link News-specific search engines e.g. Silobreaker or Chipwrapper

12 Evaluation Please fill in the feedback form. Your comments are much appreciated. Thank you.

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