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  • What this session does not cover: assumes your continuing awareness of the potential bias of reporting in newspapers.Highlight that the session is not looking at newspapers from the point of view of a specific use. Different attendees will have different uses for them:- Facts and details about current opinion Views and opinion on the same Social Sciences students may use as a resource to extract and analyse comment, opinion through tools such as Nvivo. Letters and opinion pieces Profiles Business reporting, news, profiles and data Language and linguistics Political analysis Historic research – BMDs, opinion (private and public), events, commentary, political tracts etc.
  • Various resources vary in coverage in different aspects:Scale (is your research interest geo-specific in coverage. Some resources may cover national news only, whilst others may include regional or local news).Language (Most coverage will be english language news, but some resources also cover multiple titles from other countries in native languages – egNexis covers over 50 national and regional German newspapers. But searching in English may be limited)Currency (Different resources will offer access to varying range of online coverage of newspaper content. We will come back to looking at more historic news content, but many ‘recent’ online collections may only go back to the 1990s and 1980s. Think also about the currency – For example, Times newspapers and FT may sit behind a paywall on the web, but we have access through some subscription databases. What you may find however is that even here, news content may not be available until after a certain point on the day of publishing – eg FT after 11am only on Nexis?)
  • [animation in slide]Assuming the obvious: that you know most newspapers and news sites have an online presence, many of which provide free access, others provided limited free access, others provide only pay-to-view access.However, we’re going to explore a number of resources which allow you to power search multiple sources, from different localities or countries, at the same time often covering a larger archive back some 20-30 years or more.As with most of the library resources, knowing they exist, how to access them and how to search them will potentially save you time.
  • Point out access point from library website: Services and Sites / Other Online Resources / News ResourcesTitles range in coverage from 1980s / mid-1990s to present (although some include content from earlier than this for some titles).Lack of context (eg articles exploring different aspect of same topic may be separated) and text only (may lack fact/text boxes accompanying main article, will definitely lack accompanying images and graphics).… but, useful to search multiple titles at once, identify key articles of interest… and can then use this information to see if can access articles on publishers own site separately.InfoTrac: Gale CENGAGE Learning: Full-Text Custom Newspaper Database - Coverage for Durham Uni: - Daily Telegraph 11/99 - current - Guardian 1/96 - current - Independent 1/96 - current -Independent on Sunday 1/96 - current - Observer 1/96 - current - Sunday Telegraph 11/99 - current - Sunday Times 1/85 - current - Times 1/85 - current.N.B. – up to previous day, not todays news.Nexis UK - Much larger number of resources (international, regional, local… and including present day) - Not just newspapers… includes global newswires, business wires etc. So important to select sources carefully before searching.Factiva – explain about separate login. LikeNexis, international content. Not as much UK content if looking at regional and local titles, but still from 545 UK Newspapers. Content from publications in 22 languages.Point out option to search social media.
  • Mention coverage might be across multiple services, so always check the library catalogue (use Times Literary Supplement as an example)TLS: Archive back to 1902 available via the same platform (works in a similar way rather than actually looking the same) as infotrac. TLS, TES and ThES: need different passwords, available from library catalogue screen (not Durham CIS password).Economist:NB – on web page indicates 1997-current only. In fact, we have a full text archive back to 1843 via the same platform (works in a similar way rather than actually looking the same) as infotrac. [screenshot on next hidden slide]JISC Media hub: TV news, documentary films, still images and classical music and includes the contents of Film & Sound Online and Newsfilm online. The films are of high quality, and are fully downloadable, either in full or as segments, and can be used freely in learning, teaching and research.News on film:Documents almost 160,000 individual stories from twenty-two cinema newsreels and cinemagazines, 1910-1983. Mention when you first access, won’t be given immediate access to films. May need to click on ‘Movietone’ logo and login/register. Offer to demo for anyone accessing it during hands-on. [screenshot on upcoming hidden slide]
  • Actually freely available...
  • Expanding your search is about two things:Thinking about all possible terms/spellings/concepts which might be applicable to what you are looking at, to ensure you don’t accidentally rule out any useful result simply due to semantics.If you have focussed a search too much, and aren’t finding the results you expect, about widening your net to see what else you can find.You’ll have some keywords in mind but as few of you will be experts in this area you will need to think about how others have framed research in this field. You will find that the keywords you use will change once you start looking for information and finding relevant resources. You can borrow their search terms and add to your list.synonyms: e.g. survey or questionnaire – make sure you don’British and American spellings: use wildcards e.g. colo?r finds colour and colortruncation: e.g. educati* finds education, educating, educationalist
  • Times Digital Archive 1785-2006Scanned pages = see news in contextSearch by article typeSearch vacuum cleaner in advertisingBritish Newspapers 1600-1900Two collections: C17th & 18th; C19thView pages or articlesVarying coverage - e.g. Newcastle Journal only one issue but Newcastle Courant over 4000 issuesAsks ‘stop running this script’ say noBrowse publication by location England NE Newcastle
  • For those of you who have used, want to use or excited to use…[demo offered at end of session]
  • Individual newspapers e.g. BBCAdditional sources e.g. Radio Free Europe /Radio Liberty report the news in 21 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established. Generic search engines advanced options (eg Google)News-specific search engines SilobreakerSilobreaker is a search service for news and current affairs that aims to provide more relevant results to the user than what traditional search and aggregation engines have been offering so far. Instead of returning just lists of articles matching a search query, Silobreaker finds people, companies, organisations, topics, places and keywords; understands how they relate to each other in the news flow, and puts them in context through graphical results in its intuitive user interface. Only the news-search service is free.The site pulls content on global issues, science, technology, energy and business from thousands of news sources, blogs, multimedia, and other forms of news media from around the world. With the engine’s focus on finding and connecting related data in the information flow, Silobreaker’s user tools and visualisations are ideal for bringing meaning to content from either today’s Web or the evolving Semantic Web, or bothNewsNow, Simmly operate in similar ways, searching multiple news and social media sources, online news sites, press wires and press announcements from private, public and third sectors.
  • Kidon Media link – useful site for identifying, and linking through to, newspapers from particularcountries and regions

News resources Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Using News databases Current news resources Historic news resourcesJames BissetAcademic Liaison Librarian (Research Support)
  • 2. Session outline- Key resources for current news- Other resources for- Historic news resources- Freely available news resources
  • 3. Focus of resources available Scale • Local • National • International Currency Language • Recent • English • Historic • Non-English
  • 4. Part 1News Resources (Current News)
  • 5. Key resources
  • 6. Additional resources- Times Literary Supplement [1902 - ]- Times Higher Education Supplement [1995- ]- The Economist [1843- ]- JISC Mediahub [ ITN/Reuters archives 1900 - 2007 ]- News on screen [1910- 1983]- Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
  • 7. Hands-on- Explore the three main news databases yourself: Infotrac, Nexis UK and Factiva- Explore some of the other available sources at:
  • 8. Part 2 Historic NewsResources
  • 9. Key Resources• Times Digital Archive 1785-2006• British Newspapers 1600-1900• Eighteenth century journals 1685-1815• EEBO and ECCO for pamphlets• 19th Century British Pamphlets (JSTOR)• Economist Historical Archive 1843-2003• Historic Australian newspapers 1803-1954
  • 10. Historic News on Microform• Some national and local, e.g. - Sunderland & Durham County Herald 1839-67• International, e.g. - Kabul Times 1969-79, - Milliyet (Istanbul) 1970-86, - Pravda 1921-1953, - Jerusalem Post 1950-2007
  • 11. Part 3Free news sources
  • 12. Free news resources• Individual newspaper titles and news sources• Current news/what is available on public sites• Advanced search engine options e.g. Google News• News-specific search engines – Silobreaker (News search) – NewsNow (News International content blocked)• Mobile/Tablet apps, eg Simmly
  • 13. Free news resources• Current news databases – Kidon Media link• Higher Education – ResearchProfessional – Funding Councils’ web sites
  • 14. Hands-on- Explore some of the historic newspaper resources yourself- Explore the advanced search options on search engines- Download an app to your mobile- Explore some of the free news resources.
  • 15. Image Credits [Slide 4] Via Flickr Creative Commons, by Quapan. Original available at [Slide 9] Via Flickr Creative Commons, by ShironEuro. Original available at [Slide 11] Via Flickr Creative Commons, by Kirsty Andrews. Original available at [Slide 12] Via Flickr Creative Commons, by Poster Boy NYC. Original available at [Slide 17] ‘Vitae®, © 2010 Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Limited‘ Available at
  • 16. Vitae Researcher Development Framework [see image credits] Measuring Researcher Development