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Better Than Google


Like it or not, the Journal News is the major newspaper in Rockland and Westchester counties, and we rely on it as our primary local news source.  Librarians are often asked for help in retrieving news articles and obituaries from the Journal News.  Unfortunately, for the greatest part of its existence, the Journal News has not been indexed!  So, for example, a genealogist looking for an obituary must have some idea of the date of death, or they will be endlessly searching the microfilm.  The same grim scenario exists for anyone searching the microfilm without a date.

There are several ways to access the Journal News, depending on the time frame.  We maintain the microfilm of the Journal News back to 1933 and up to the present.  We hold on to the print copies until the microfilm arrives, usually a three month lag.  We also subscribe to the Journal News through Proquest.  Full text articles are indexed back to November 30, 2002, and obituaries go back to 1999. It is useful for finding recent Rockland events within the past ten years.  However, a note of caution, you will not find everything that was in the print paper.  The Journal News relies heavily on wire services, and those stories are not indexed (i.e. tasty recipes, celebrity interviews and syndicated columnists).  Also, the Westchester edition is indexed, not the Rockland, so we get somewhat short shrift there.  In fact, I am not a big fan of their indexing, or the coverage of Rockland events.  Unfortunately, if we want access to the Journal News, we have no other choice.  the Journal News does permit access on their lohud.com site.  This access is freely available to print subscribers, and gives limited free articles to non-subscribers.  Coverage does not go back very far, and is pretty useless as an archive.

To search the Journal News, you will probably need to search the microfilm (largely unindexed), the database, (not particularly well indexed, and of limited time frame), lohud.com (very limited time frame), or the hard copy of the newspaper (held no more than three months).  No method is perfect, but it does provide a window into the content of the Journal News, and for that reason, it is better than Google.


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