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Globe Life

February 26, 2010

Book review: Worldwide newspapers available at library

Because you are reading this article, you are probably aware of the value newspapers bring to our lives.

Some form of newspaper has been around since 59 B.C., when Romans tacked up handwritten newssheets to keep citizens informed.

The print newspaper collection is one of the most-used collections in the library. Readers come every day for access to not only The Joplin Globe but the Kansas City Star, Springfield News-Leader, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investors Business Daily, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Tulsa World and many more.

These print newspapers are not the only news source the library has to offer. The databases Facts on File World News Digest and Infotrac Custom Newspapers provide access to current and historic local, national and international news.

The Facts on File World News Digest covers major domestic and international political, social, and economic events since 1940. The database is research oriented covering major news events, but users can also access daily news coverage.

Users can get hourly news feeds from Reuters by searching for a topic and clicking on the “Breaking News” tab. A chronological perspective on the topic is available through the News Digest articles, which are displayed by date in descending order.

To browse and read newspapers, direct links to the Web sites for international newspapers are found by clicking on “World Press Links” under the “Special Features” section (choose “More Special Features” at the bottom of the home page). You can read the Afghan Daily, the Calgary Herald, the Moscow Times, the Boston Globe and more than 200 other newspapers.

Other great features of the database include the reports, encyclopedia, almanac and curriculum tools for teachers. Users can search by date or browse top news stories by decade, country or issue.

Reports on current topics such as the 2010 midterm elections are provided in the “In-Depth Coverage” section. The “Special Features” section includes country profiles, historic documents, newsmaker profiles, photos, charts and maps, world heads of state and government leaders and more.

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