Introduction to Newspaper Research Databases
The UConn Libraries provide UConn students and faculty access to several current and historical newspaper databases. These provide access to hundreds of newspapers, news wires (like Associated Press), and transcripts of radio and television news. The LexisNexis news database generally cover news content from the last 25 years, while the New York Times and America's Historical Newspapers provide full-text access to newspaper content back to the colonial era. Use the search tips to get the most from these resources.
Search tips for finding magazine & journal articles
Library journal research databases allow you to quickly search the content of tens of thousands of academic journals and magazines, going back 20 or more years. Using these sources effectively requires some of the same persistance, curiosity, and attention to detail that good journalism requires. Points to remember:
Library databases are not Google!
- be prepared to try multiple searches, experimenting with different combinations of keywords to broaden or narrow your search
- use the wildcard symbol (usually * ) to force the search to find different forms of the same word. e.g.
- ethic* will search for "ethics" "ethical," etc.
- combine synonmys for the same concept in the search with OR on the same line
- combine the different concepts you want to be searched at the same time with AND on different lines.
- Change default setting to search the entire text of stories to get more results