Answered By: Library Services Desk Last Updated: May 25, 2017 Views: 87
Current issues of major national newspapers or newspapers of record are available online through National Newspapers Core. "Current" is defined differently by each newspaper; those in the Core database are:
- Christian Science Monitor: 1988-present
- New York Times: 1980-present
- Wall Street Journal: 1984-present
- Washington Post: 1987-present
There are three ways to access these newspapers online: searching the title of the newspaper in the catalog, searching the title of the newspaper in Journal Finder, or searching the title of the database in the Databases tab (or clicking the link above).
Option 1: Catalog search
Start @ lib.umd.edu. In the large search box in the middle of the page, type the title of the newspaper you would like to read. Click Search. Find the title in the list of results and click on it.
This will bring you to a page with links to current and historical issues online (be sure to check the dates next to each link), the location of the print issues (generally the latest week to month), and the location of the microfilmed issues (the most complete record, usually about a month behind the print).
Option 2: Journal Finder search
Start @ http://www.lib.umd.edu/dbfinder. Select the Journal Finder option at the right of the page. Type the title of the newspaper into the first search box. Click Search.
This will get you the list of all issues available online. It will break them down by date and by database. This will also give you previous titles (newspapers change their titles fairly often) which can be handy for finding very old issues. Again, this will only give you issues that are available online.
Option 3: Find Databases search
Start @ lib.umd.edu. Select the Databases tab above the large search box in the middle of the page. Type in the title of the database, National Newspapers Core, and then click Search. Click the link in the results.
You can change the newspapers you are searching by clicking the "Searching: 4 databases" link at the very top of the page. This will drop down a list of the newspapers you have access to and you can select which ones you'd like results from there.
If you are looking for something in particular, try the Advanced Search or Citation Search functions.
If you have trouble finding a particular issue or article, please contact us online or by calling 301-405-9046.
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