By Larry Randall
Hollywood Library staff
Are you missing daily home delivery of your Oregonian? Or perhaps you just want to read something with headlines? Well, the Hollywood Library still gets two copies of the paper every day, along with the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and several other weekly, biweekly, and monthly publications (including our very own Hollywood Star News! Woop-woop!). We keep a week’s worth of the major dailies and more of the others, space permitting.
If, however, you’re willing to fire up your internet connection (1), you have free access to some fantastic online resources for news and newspapers. (Online papers, there’s an interesting construction …)
Start by going to the library’s website. (2) Click on Research Tools, and you’ll find an A-Z list of databases. Which you can open using … anyone?
C’mon, you should know this one. Answer below … (3)
First are the immediate sources: you can get articles from recent issues of the Oregonian, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal by searching for keywords or just browsing. There may be a few days’ lag between the time the paper is printed and when the article appears in the database, but you’ll still find most of what you’d find in the printed paper. Other stand-alone papers in the list are the Eugene Register-Guard, the Bend Bulletin, the Portland Business Journal, the Seattle Times, and the Los Angeles Times.
Widening your scope, you can go nationwide with Ethnic NewsWatch, covering 189 ethnic and minority newspapers; Newspaper Source, which covers 177 U.S. papers plus more from abroad; and Newsbank – America’s Newspapers, a sprawling blockbuster (4) of a database which, in addition to over 1300 newspapers, has audio, blogs, journals, newswires, transcripts, video, and web-only sources.
Next, for true international news glory, is one of the coolest things ever: Library PressDisplay, where you can read same-day newspapers – with full-page images! – from the U.S. and around the world: Le Monde, the Australian, the Bangkok Post, Correio da Bahia, and hundreds more. Many of the articles can be translated as well. Navigating from page to page is like flipping through the pages of an actual newspaper. All the ads and images are visible, and most publications are available for the past 90 days or so. Oh, the irony of reading Primitive Archer (5) on your computer!
Now, suppose you want to go back in time….say, back before 1980 – you know, “the olden days.” Check out World News Digest, which has an archive from 1940 to the present, current top news stories by country, and a slew of other cool features. For the deepest look into the past, however, you’ll have to take a look at New York Times Historical and the Oregonian Historical Archive. The former holds all the NYT from 1851-2009; the latter covers the Oregonian from 1861-1987. Both provide complete full-page coverage of every issue of these papers, including images and advertisements, and both are fully searchable. Whether you’re doing a local history project or trying to find what happened “on this day in history,” these archives are a fascinating to explore – be careful you don’t get sucked in and spend all day!
… And it won’t even cost you a quarter.
1. I’m working on a way to send data via my backyard barbecue. Still needs a little work, which I hope to get to once I get the bandages off my hands…
2. You knew it was coming, didn’t you? In a Hollywood Star News article from the library, it’s pretty much a given.
3. Your full library card # and PIN, of course!
4. Not to be confused with a busting sprawlblocker, or, for that matter, a blocking sprawlbuster
5. Yes, it’s a real magazine, and the title pretty much sums it up.