Newspapers are great sources of information for both current and historical events that happen across the globe.
Whether published daily, weekly or monthly, newspapers:
• provide current and time-sensitive information
• present first-hand accounts of events
• offer editorial and opinion articles that provide insight into the way people perceive and interpret events
Newspapers also provide context for historical, political or social events by reflecting what people of the period wrote about the current news of their time. Papers are also great sources of genealogical information.
The drawbacks of using newspapers for research include:
• credibility is questioned because papers often don’t report their sources
• there is no scholarly analysis
• they are not created to be permanent
• those in limited circulation can be difficult to locate
The University Library provides access to a number of electronic newspaper indexes. PressDisplay offers current newspapers from 55 countries, plus a 60-day archive, and the ability to translate articles into 10 major foreign languages. Canadian Newsstand provides full-text access to 190 Canadian news sources.
Historical media coverage is available from the Alberta Heritage Digitization Project (1880-2001) and the Globe & Mail: Canada’s Heritage From 1844-2002.
For additional information, please contact your subject liaison librarian or ask at the Information Services Desk. Library Databases is a monthly feature by Librarian Judy Vogt. Please e-mail your story suggestions to Vogt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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