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Or you can search hundreds of titles from the entire United States… This tutorial details several effective search techniques that are frequently used in Americas Newspapers. It also offers tips to help you find what you are looking for.
You will learn how to: Search a specific newspaper or sources across a state, region or the U.S. Search a specific newspaper or sources across a state, region or the U.S. Research a topic or issue Research a person, place or organization Research a person, place or organization Locate an article you remember reading Locate an article you remember reading Browse a specific newspaper by date Browse a specific newspaper by date Locate an obituary Locate a recipe Locate a book review Get immediate results on important topics from Special Reports Get immediate results on important topics from Special Reports Click on a specific topic to go to it directly, or simply click outside the topics to continue the slideshow.
Search a specific newspaper or sources across a state, region or the U.S. For perspectives on topics, people, issues and events, use the map to expand or narrow your search. For example, narrow your search from the entire U.S.… To the Mountain Region… To the state of Arizona… To a single newspaper, The Arizona Republic.
1.Search newspapers across the country, or point-and-click on the legend or the map to search sources from a geographic region or a single state. Tip: For the greatest possible number of search results, search the entire U.S.
2. For instance, search all sources in the Mountain Region… 3. You can also narrow your search to a single state or a specific newspaper.
4.At any time, you can expand your search back to all sources in the U.S.
5.Also, you can select specific content modules, such as those for newswires or transcripts (if your library subscribes to them).
Research a topic or issue For example, you can research: Terrorism Virus and vaccination Gun control AIDS Cloning Hodgkins Disease Global warming Crime Soccer City zoning School funding The Nobel Prize
In this example, search the entire United States. 1.Type your search term(s) to describe an issue, event, etc. In this example, use terrorism. 2. Choose a timeframe from the drop-down menu. For example, the past twelve months.
In a second example, compare recent events with past events. 1.Continue to search on terrorism. 2.However, choose a different timeframe. For example, choose oldest matches first and specify the year 1992.
1.Narrow your search to specific publications by clicking on their respective boxes. Tip: If you are unsatisfied with your search results, try searching a content module. For example, search military, government and defense publications.
Research a person, place or organization For example, you can research: George Bush Iraq New Orleans FEMA Red Cross Microsoft U.S. Supreme Court Local school board candidates
1. To perform a basic search, type your search term. For example, New Orleans (in quotation marks) and FEMA. Tip: To find names, compound terms or exact phrases, use quotation marks. For example, New Orleans. 2. Choose a timeframe. For example, the past 7 days.
1.If there are too many hits, narrow your search to a specific region. 2. Add one or more related terms and run the search again. For example, try News Orleans Red Cross FEMA. 3. Click on Advanced Search for even more options. Tip: A search with three or more terms automatically implies a Boolean AND between each word.
1.You can narrow the criteria with options from the drop-down box. For instance, match News Orleans Red Cross with Headline and FEMA with Lead/First Paragraph. 2. As in the Basic Search, you can change the timeframe. For example, choose yesterday or today.
Tip: You can also browse a single issue of a selected newspaper. Find a specific issue by entering a specific date. Again, you can select a single newspaper and search for or browse content on a chosen topic.
Locate an article you remember reading For example, search for an article… With the words virus and vaccination From the past three months In a specific newspaper or a title from a certain region Note: The sources available to you will depend on your NewsBank subscription
1.Use the map or lists of newspapers by state or region or nationwide to find the title that published the article. 2.Based on what you remember about the article, choose appropriate search terms. 3.Choose a timeframe. For example, select the past three months.
For example, select an article in the Kerrville Daily Times from Kerrville, TX. Tip: Notice the highlighted search terms with the text of the article.
1.You can find the same article by selecting a specific newspaper. For instance, directly select the Kerrville Daily Times from the list. Tip: If you remember a recent date during which the article was published, you can simply browse that days issue and its articles.
Browse a specific newspaper by date For example: You remember seeing an article in your local paper about how candidates for the mayor of Lansing, Michigan want to keep the local Lugnuts baseball team. Your local paper is the Lansing State Journal. You think the article may have been published during the week preceding Labor Day Weekend in 2005. Note: The sources available to you will depend on your NewsBank subscription.
Tip: Through the easily customizable interface, your library, school, college or university can highlight local or in-state newspapers on the tool bar for direct access. Tip: Through the easily customizable interface, your library, school, college or university can highlight local or in-state newspapers on the tool bar for direct access. 1.Select a single newspaper. For example, the Lansing State Journal.
Tip: Browse features are available only if a single newspaper is selected. 2. Type the date you wish to browse. In this example, select August 31, 2005. Note that the interface shows two days before and after the date you have selected.
3. Click Browse. 4. Browse articles by clicking on their headlines or by selecting Search Within this Issue. Tip: Section labels match those in the newspapers hardcopy edition.
5. Browse the article. Note the headline, paper title, date, author and number of print pages. 6. Click on Quick Links to find other articles from the same author (in all issues) or browse other articles from the same page, section or day.
Tip: At the bottom of each article is more information on the page, section and index terms supplied by the newspaper, dateline and copyright. Tip: OpenURL links at the end of each article enable you to link an to article in an e-mail, which can be sent to a friend, colleague, student or professor. Also, each article has a MARC Record Number, so it can be uniquely identified.
Locate an obituary For example: Princess Diana, from August 1997 Smith, a former professor at the Naval Academy, who is recently deceased In your search, you might specify: The region or paper where an obituary would have been published The name of the deceased The month and year of death
3. Choose a timeframe. In this case, 1997. Click Search. 1. Type the name of the deceased in the search box. 2. Select Most recent matches first. Search all U.S. newspapers for Princess Diana.
5. View results from newspapers across the country.
2. In the second search box, type obituary and choose the in All Text option. 3. Select all years, since you cannot remember when he died. Click Search. 1. Choose Advanced Search. Search all U.S. newspapers by typing Smith and Naval Academy (both in quotation marks) and choosing the Headline option. 4. View results.
The results provide an obituary from The Sun in Baltimore for Emerson Perry Smith. Tip: Since many people live in several places during their lives, obituaries may be listed in newspapers from two or more cities. Tip: Ask your librarian about Americas Obituaries & Death Notices. It enables you to search by name and serves several research and genealogy purposes.
Locate a recipe For example, find recipes for: Gumbo New England clam chowder
1.Choose Basic Search and select all papers in Louisiana. This makes sense, of course, because you are likely to find many gumbo recipes here! 2. Type gumbo recipe in the search box. 3. Select Best matches first.
1.Choose Basic Search, and select all papers in the New England region. Again, this is a logical place to search for this recipe. 2. Type New England Clam Chowder (in quotation marks), so the results return white rather than red clam chowder. Also, type recipe in the search box. 3. Select Best matches first.
Again, the search results return a wonderful selection of recipes!
Locate a book review For example, find reviews on books by the following authors: John Grisham Ian McEwan
1.Search a single title for reviews of works by John Grisham. In this instance, The New York Times Book Review. 2. Use the Advanced Search.
1.Type John Grisham in the first search box and book review in the second search box. Tip: Do not specify in Author, because that will restrict the search to the authors of newspaper articles. Rather, type a name or some words from the title into the search box.
Here are some reviews for John Grishams novel, The Broker.
1.Using Advanced Search, broaden the number of sources by including all U.S. newspapers. Search for Ian McEwan. 2. Enter a word that is likely to appear in the review, such as part of the title. For instance, the title of one of McEwans books has the word atonement in the title. 3. Type book review in the second search box.
Youll find several reviews for McEwans book Atonement.
Get immediate results on important topics in Special Reports Choose from various Special Reports in the left margin. Several current topics include: World Terrorism Our Planet Earth Black History Poetry Around the World
1.Click on Special Reports in the left margin to browse information on topics of special interest.
2. Then, click on the Special Report(s) of interest to you. Note the variety of topics.
Americas Newspapers is the ultimate newspaper archive We hope this tutorial has helped you understand some of the techniques and strategies for successful research. Remember to: Select appropriate sources to search Define your search terms Specify a timeframe when relevant