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  1. Newspaper as a Resource

  2. Newspaper • A printed publication, now usually issued daily or weekly, consisting of folded unstapled sheets and containing news, freq. with the addition of advertisements, photographs, articles, and correspondence; the organization or office issuing such a publication. • Newspaper, entry from Oxford English Dictionary Online. DRAFT REVISION Mar. 2005  

  3. Examples • Baltimore Sun • Baltimore Examiner • City Paper • Afro-American • News American • Baltimore Business Journal • Daily Record, Baltimore Times • The Baltimore Guide

  4. Types of Newspapers • Daily news • Weekly news • Focusing on a topic (Sports, Law, Business, Entertainment) • Focus on a major city, small town, region, etc. • College Campus

  5. Trustworthiness • National Enquirer to the New York Times • Bias/leanings of certain papers • Editors • Vested interest in “integrity” of papers • Scandals/consequences for bad reporting • Reputation • Circulation numbers

  6. Strengths • Immediate reporting of events • Facts • Features on various topics of local interest • Pointers to more information

  7. Weaknesses • Little long term analysis or reflection • Editorials/Commentaries • Opinions • Fact Based? • Careful reading • Bias

  8. Other Uses • Ads can provide insights into the culture of the time • Classified • Businesses/full page • Daily data on weather, stock market, sporting events, etc.

  9. Where to Search For Newspaper Articles • Newspaper Websites • 2 week archives, free • Specialized News Search Engines • Google News • Archival News • Yahoo • Topix

  10. Where to Search for Newspaper Articles • Library Databases • National Newspapers • Historical Newspapers • Lexis-Nexis Academic • Academic Search Premier • Specialized Newspaper Collections • Library of Congress

  11. Where to Search for Newspaper Articles • Full text archives • Subject Indexes

  12. Limitations of Online Access • Ads and photographs are missing from many online editions • Some freelance articles are missing as well (Tassini decision) • Not all older newspapers are online • OCR is still not perfect

  13. How to Search Older Newspapers • Paper Indexes • NY Times • Baltimore Sun • Microfilm and Microfiche

  14. Things to Consider • What databases available through Langsdale are available • What specialized websites are available • Full-text vs Subject Searching