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newsbank inc presents

NewsBank, inc. Presents

How to Search

America’s Newspapers

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You can search a specific newspaper...

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You can search by state...

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Or you can search hundreds of sources from the entire United States…

This tutorial details several effective search techniques and display tools available in America’s Newspapers. It also offers tips to help you find what you are looking for quickly and easily.

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you will learn how to
Select sources by Location, Source Type, and from the Source List

Use the built-in connectors and Add/Remove rows on the search form

Research a topic or issue

View Results by Year/Month, Location, Source, and Source Type

Browse a specific newspaper by date

Search for a specific name

Get immediate results on important topics from Special Reports

You will learn how to:
  • Click on a specific topic to go to it directly, or simply click outside the topics to continue the slideshow.
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Select sources by Location, Source Type,

and from the Source List

  • For perspectives on topics, people, issues and events, use the source selection tabs and the map to expand or narrow your search.
      • Narrow your search from the entire U.S to specific states and regions.
      • Click a state on the map to see a list of all sources from that state.
      • Choose specific sources by name from the Source List tab.
      • Use the Source Types tab to choose what kinds of sources to include in your search.

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Search all sources across the country or check the boxes for the states you want to search. Select a whole region with a single click.

Click the name of a state in the list or its image on the map to get a list of all available sources from that state.

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In this example, we clicked on Texas on the map. Notice the switch to the Source List tab to display the list of all available sources from Texas.

Check the boxes for the specific sources you want to search or click on the title to search a single source.

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Here, we have clicked on The Dallas Morning News to search a single source.

To expand your search back up to the entire U.S., click on the “United States” link in the breadcrumb trail.

Tip: A breadcrumb trail is a list of links that track where you are in the product. You can use the links to move back to prior locations.

Tip: For the greatest possible number of search results, search the entire U.S. You can easily narrow your displayed results after you run your search.

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You can also use the Source Types tab to choose the types of sources that you want to include in your search. Check or uncheck the boxes to include or exclude a specific Source Type.

Or use your Shortcuts for one-click access to commonly searched sources. Note: The Sources and Shortcuts that you have available will depend on your library’s subscription and account setup.

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Use the built-in connectors and Add/Remove rows on the search form

  • The flexible search form enables you to:
  • Use the drop-down list of basic connectors and, or, not to connect your search terms.
  • Add up to five extra rows of search boxes to enter more search terms, field your terms separately, and include special limiters such as date and word count.
  • Simplify the search form by removing rows of search boxes when you no longer need them.

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Your search form will typically have two rows of search boxes and one connector drop-down list.

Chooseand, or, not from the connector drop-down list to connect your search terms.

Use the Add Row button to add extra rows to the search form to create more complex search strategies.

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Here is a sample search with two extra rows on the search form to allow for multiple search terms and specific limiters.

This search will find articles with either “global warming” or “climate change” in the Headline field, appearing within the past 6 months, and greater than 500 words in length.

When you are ready to simplify the search form again, use the Remove Row button to remove the extra rows.

Tip: You can sort your results by Newest First, Best Matches First, or Oldest First either before or after you search.

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Research a topic or issue

  • For example, you can research:
    • Terrorism
    • Virus and vaccination
    • Social security
    • AIDS
    • Cloning
    • Military recruiting
  • Global warming
  • Diversity on campus
  • Immigration
  • Ethnicity
  • Local businesses
  • The Nobel Prize

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In this example, we are searching the entire United States.

Type your search term(s) to describe an issue, event, etc. Here, we’ve used terrorism.

Choose a date range from the Date field drop-down menu. For example, the past 12 months.

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In another example, we’ll run a search with fielded terms.

Type your first search term into the first text-edit box and choose the Headline field from the drop-down list.

Choose the Lead/First Paragraph field from the second drop-down list, and type your terms into the second text-edit box.

Tip: Use the OR connector when searching for alternative terms, as in facebookormyspace.

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If you want a different perspective, try searching a content module. For example, search Access Newswires, Transcripts (if your library subscribes to them).

Narrow your search to specific sources by checking the box(es) to the left of the title(s). Or choose a single source by clicking on its title.

Tip: A content module is a group of sources that are all of a similar type – such as Access Newswires,Transcripts– or that have a similar focus – such as Access Business News.

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View Results by Year/Month, Location, Source, and Source Type

  • Perform a basic search and then display your results according to:
      • Year/Month
      • Location
      • Source
      • Source Type

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To perform a broad search, type your search terms into the text-edit boxes. Let’s search for “community college”and “workforce development.”

Click “Search” to get your results list.

Tip: Use the drop-down box for the basic connectors and, or, not between your search terms.

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If there are too many hits, you can quickly and easily narrow your search results without having to modify your search.

Use the “View Results” tools on the left side of your results list to see the results from a specific Year, Location, Source, and Source Type.

Click the “View X more” link to get a list of all available choices for that category.

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The “View Results” category expands to show all available locations.

Click on Florida to view the results from that location.

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Your display changes automatically to reflect your “View Results” selection, in this case Florida.

Let’s further narrow the displayed results to a specific source – the Tallahassee Democrat.

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Again, your display will refresh to reflect your new selection, in this case the Tallahassee Democrat.

With only a few clicks, we have narrowed our results from over 10,000 hits to a much more focused group of articles from Florida and the Tallahassee Democrat.

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You can continue to narrow your displayed results by Year (and month) if you wish…

… or, use the drop-down list and the breadcrumb trail links to change the set of results that you are displaying and move back up through your complete results set.

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Browse a specific newspaper by date

  • For example:
    • You remember seeing an article from your local paper about career opportunities outside of the traditional four-year college path.
    • Your local paper is the Marin Independent Journal.
    • You recall that the article appeared on November 5, 2007.
      • Note: The sources available to you will depend on your NewsBank subscription.

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First, use the Locations and/or Source List tabs to select the newspaper you want to browse, the Marin Independent Journal

Since you remember the date the article was published, type it into the Enter a Date box and click Go.

11/5/2007

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Browse through the headlines and click on the article that you want.

Tip: Browse features are available only if a single newspaper is selected.

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Use the Previous, Next, and Back to Issue links to move from article to article or to go back to the complete list of articles for the date you are browsing.

Tip: Use the Quick Links to browse other articles from the same section or date.

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At the issue level, you can move to the Previous date or the Next date by clicking their links.

Use the Date list link to get a list of all available dates for the month you are currently displaying.

Or type any date that you wish to browse in the Enter a Date box and click Go.

Tip: Click the United States link in the breadcrumb trail at the top of your display window to get back to the U.S. map.

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Search for a specific name

  • For example, find articles that mention Vincent Tinto, a distinguished professor of education and sociology and expert in the field of student retention.
    • Change your results display to show Keyword-in-Context
    • Re-sort your results without re-executing your search

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Search all sources in the U.S. for Vincent ADJ2 Tinto.

Tip: Use the ADJ2 proximity connector to allow for a middle name or middle initial in the author’s name to ensure retrieval of all occurrences of your subject’s name.

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The search yields a highly focused group of articles – all of which contain the name Vincent Tinto.

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Use the Keyword-in-Context article preview at the bottom of the results page to see how your search terms appeared within the context of the articles.

You can also change the number of results per page (10, 25, or 50) and jump to specific pages within your results set.

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Re-sort your results automatically without re-running your search. Click on the Best Matches First link at the top of the results page to see the most relevant articles at the top of your results list.

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Get immediate results on important topics in Special Reports

  • Choose from various Special Reports created and collected by NewsBank. Several current topics include:
      • People in the News
      • World Economics
      • World Environment

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To access Special Reports, hover over the Other NewsBank Products link in the upper-right corner of your window. Choose Special Reports from the drop-down list.

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Then click on the Special Report(s) of interest to you. Note the variety of topics and frequency of updates.

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America’s Newspapersis 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
    • Use the View Results and sorting tools after you search to narrow and focus your displayed results

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