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Newspaper Guide: Current Newspaper Databases

Government Versus Newspapers

Quote of the Week

  • "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have government without newspapers, or newspapers without government, I should not hesitate to prefer for a moment the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them...."

    — Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Newspapers in the MSU Libraries

Electronic Resources : Newspapers provides links to both individual newspapers alphabetically as well as links to some of the more popular collections available to the MSU community and to visitors to the MSU Main Library.

Newspaper Photos

Life Photo Archive Hosted by Google : Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google. Heh, it may not be from a newspaper but it compliments the AP Images collection.

Library of Congress Newspaper Images via Flicker : In 2008, the Library of Congress began offering historical photograph collections through Flickr in order to share some of our most popular images with a new visual community. Now, the Library of Congress has expanded its Flickr collections to include illustrated and visual content from historic American newspapers available in its online collections.

Current Newspaper Databases

Access World News, Research Collection (NewsBank)  This comprehensive news collection (1903 to date)  is ideal for exploring issues and events at the local, regional, national and international level. Its diverse source types include print and online-only newspapers, blogs, newswires, journals, broadcast transcripts and videos. Use it to explore a specific event or to compare a wide variety of viewpoints on topics such as politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people. Content is easily searched and sorted through an intuitive, map-based interface.

LexisNexis Academic : provides electronic access to hundreds of newspapers from around the U.S. and the world, most of them within one day of publication. Retrospective coverage varies but in some cases goes back to the 1980s. Searching tip: If you are only interested in searching through a particular newspaper like the New York Times or Washington Post, (1) look for the box that says by source title and (2) start typing in the name of the paper slowly.  Notice that choices will appear beneath the box which you can click on for the most accurate results. (3) Type in appropriate key words or the date and see what happens.

Nexis Uni : This is the new interface for LexisNexis Academic. From Oct 1, 2017 the old LexisNexis Academic interface will no longer be available to MSU users.

PressReader (Proquest) : provides online, same-day access to more than 1000 newspapers from the U.S. and more than 80 other countries. Includes a searchable, 60-day archive. Limit: 5 MSU users at a time.  Formerly called NewspaperDirect PressDisplay.

U.S. Newsstream: Formerly called Proquest Gannett Newsstand, includes full text of 85 U.S. newspapers, including the Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, etc.

Infotrac Newstand : provides access to selected papers from around the country and the world, courtesy of  MeL.

Factiva : provides electronic access to hundreds of newspapers from around the U.S. and the world, most of them within one day of publication. Retrospective coverage varies but in some cases goes back to the 1980s. Special feature : Click on News Pages, then United States, for same day articles from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post, but not the Chicago Tribune or Los Angeles Times. You can also choose Today's Front Pages to review 873 front pages from 86 countries (similar to NewspaperDirect PressDisplay.  Or click on News Pages, then United States Academic for the same three newspapers, plus the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and San Francisco Chronicle. Or choose on of the many other options including topics such as agriculture/forestry, automobiles, energy, health care, etc. or by location such as European Union, Greater China, Russia, United Kingdom, etc. Note : 6 MSU users at a time.

Wall Street Journal (latest 4 years).  ASMSU has brokered a deal so that the MSU community can access the latest four years of the Wall Street Journal. Requires registration.

For additional possibilities, visit Electronic Resources : Newspapers and browse through the alphabetical list.

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