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Better Than Google



Have you been wondering where the Journal News has gone?  It is no longer on our list of databases, but we still have it.  It is now found under the database entry Gannett Newstand Complete.

 Thanks to the largesse of the New York State NOVEL program, the state now picks up the tab for access to the Journal News (saving the library nearly $2500).  Along with our subscription to the Journal News, which begins with the November 30, 2002 issue, we have exclusive access to over 85 local and regional U.S. newspapers from Gannett. The newspapers are available in full text and include all articles of substance written by staff writers, death notices, birth notices, editorials, reviews, letters to the editor, and selected online content. Each issue of each newspaper is indexed thoroughly, so researchers have access to not only top news stories but also the information contained on the various sections of the papers. The indexing covers not only complete bibliographic information but also companies, people, products, etc.  Admittedly, I have never felt the need to keep up with the doings in Mountain Home, Arkansas or Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but now I can. 

We also gained subscriptions to historical newspapers such as The Boston Globe (1872 to 1981), Hartford Courant (1923-1987), and The New York Times (1851-1922). We maintain our own subscription to The New York Times from 1851-2009.  I was excited to hear about getting The Wall Street Journal, but it only covers the years 1889 to 1995. Still, all of these newspapers will be useful to researchers, students and genealogists.

There is a separate search for obituaries, an always important source for genealogists.  In addition, to simplify searching, you can go to the Publications List, choose your source, and limit your searches to that publication. All in all, Gannett Newstand Complete will be an outstanding resource for all you news junkies out there who can't get enough of news.  Need I say, it is better than Google!

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