Saturday, April 30, 2011

Newspapers Online

Surprise surprise, but not all information online is available for free. This is especially true for newspapers.  For instance, back in March the New York Times moved to a system called Paywall where you need to pay if you want to read more than 20 articles.  You might also only be able to access back issues of newspapers for a short period of time (other wise you need to pay a subscription). One such newspaper is The Globe and Mail.  They provide free access to articles for 30 days, but back issues are for Globe Plus subscribers  $15.95 per month).  

The Stratford Public Library can help you with this.  We have subscribed to various databases that allow you to access back issues of newspapers.  Unfortunately these newspapers do not include the photos or the classifieds, but you do get the text of the articles.  It's not just the back issues of papers you get, in most cases you get access to today's paper too. 

You can print, email or save the articles to your computer, or even share them online.  If you are interested in reading on a certain topic, with some of these databases you can even create email alerts that come to you when a new article is published.  

Here are a few of these amazing sources. You can access the databases 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, where ever you have Internet access and all you need is your library card number (unless otherwise noted). 

Stratford Beacon Herald Online   
Use this database to search Stratford’s local paper in full text, with articles dating back to April of 2000.  To find obituaries, search for death notices in the headlines. 
AccessUse In Library   Ask staff for username and password

Canadian Newsstand - Toronto Star & Globe and Mail Edition
Full text of 41 newspapers published by Torstar Media Group, including the Kitchener-Waterloo Record (1990 - current), Listowel Banner (2003 - current), St. Marys Journal Argus (2005-current), Toronto Star (1985-current) updated daily. We also have access to the Globe and Mail - Full text back to 1977!

General OneFile
A gigantic collection of millions of magazine and journal articles. Great for research papers and projects. Includes articles from business, technology, current events, economics, education, law, literature, art, politics, science, social science, sports, and more. Includes New York Times in Full Text dating back to January 1985!

Infotrac Newsstand
A collection of more than a thousand newspapers, many full text from all around the world. Translate articles into 11 different languages and create email alerts. Includes The Stratford City Gazette in full text dating back to February 2008.

Ontario Historical Newspapers
Community and historical newspapers of Ontario: Acton Free Press, British Whig, Canadian Illustrated News, Essex Free Press, Georgetown Herald, Kingston Chronicle, Kingston Gazette, Marine Record, Provincial Freeman, Stouffville Sun-Tribune, Voice of the Fugitive.

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