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NewsBank, inc. Presents. How to Search America’s Newspapers This presentation automatically runs as a slide show. Click here to skip introduction. You can search a specific newspaper. Click here to skip introduction. You can search by state. Click here to skip introduction.
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NewsBank, inc. PresentsHow to Search America’s NewspapersThis presentation automatically runs as a slide show.Click here to skip introduction.You can search a specific newspaper...Click here to skip introduction.You can search by state...Click here to skip introduction.Or you can search hundreds of sources from the entire United States… This tutorial details several effective search techniques and display tools available in America’s Newspapers. It also offers tips to help you find what you are looking for quickly and easily.Click here to skip introduction.Select sources by Location, Source Type, and from the Source ListResearch a topic or issueView Results by Year/Month, Location, Source, and Source TypeBrowse a specific newspaper by dateLocate an obituaryLocate a recipeLocate a book reviewGet immediate results on important topics from Special ReportsYou will learn how to:
  • Click on a specific topic to go to it directly, or simply click outside the topics to continue the slideshow.
  • Select sources by Location, Source Type, and from the Source List
  • For perspectives on topics, people, issues and events, use the source selection tabs and the map to expand or narrow your search.
  • Narrow your search from the entire U.S to specific states and regions.
  • Click a state on the map to see a list of all sources from that state.
  • Choose specific sources by name from the Source List tab.
  • Use the Source Types tab to choose what kinds of sources to include in your search.
  • Click here to return to menu slideSearch all sources across the country or check the boxes for the states you want to search. Select a whole region with a single click.Click the name of a state in the list or its image on the map to get a list of all available sources from that state.Click here to return to menu slideIn this example, we clicked on Texas on the map. Notice the switch to the Source List tab to display the list of all available sources from Texas.Check the boxes for the specific sources you want to search or click on the title to search a single source.Click here to return to menu slideHere, we have clicked on The Dallas Morning News to search a single source.To expand your search back up to the entire U.S., click on the “United States” link in the breadcrumb trail.Tip: For the greatest possible number of search results, search the entire U.S. You can easily narrow your displayed results after you run your search.Click here to return to menu slideYou can also use the Source Types tab to choose the types of sources that you want to include in your search. Check or uncheck the boxes to include or exclude a specific Source Type.Or use your Shortcuts for one-click access to commonly searched sources. Note: The Sources and Shortcuts that you have available will depend on your library’s subscription and account setup.Click here to return to menu slideResearch a topic or issue
  • For example, you can research:
  • Terrorism
  • Virus and vaccination
  • Gun control
  • AIDS
  • Cloning
  • Hodgkin’s Disease
  • Global warming
  • Crime
  • Soccer
  • City zoning
  • School funding
  • The Nobel Prize
  • Click here to return to menu slideIn this example, search the entire United States.Type your search term(s) to describe an issue, event, etc. In this example, use terrorism.Choose a date range from the Date field drop-down menu. For example, the past 12 months.Click here to return to menu slideIn another example, we’ll run a search with fielded terms.Type your first search term into the first text-edit box and choose the Headline field from the drop-down list.Type your second set of terms into the second text-edit box and choose the Lead/First Paragraph field from the drop-down list.Tip: Use the OR connector when searching for synonymous terms, as in flu or influenza.Click here to return to menu slideIf you want a different perspective, try searching a content module. For example, search Access Newswires & Transcripts.Narrow your search to specific sources by checking the box(es) to the left of the title(s). Or choose a single source by clicking on its title.Click here to return to menu slideView Results by Year/Month, Location, Source, and Source Type
  • Perform a basic search and then display your results according to:
  • Year/Month
  • Location
  • Source
  • Source Type
  • Click here to return to menu slideTo perform a basic search, type your search terms into the text-edit boxes. For example, California and wildfire.Click “Search” to get your results list.Tip: Use the drop-down box for the basic connectors and, or, & not between your search terms.Click here to return to menu slideIf there are too many hits, you can quickly and easily narrow your search results without having to modify your search.Use the “View Results” tools on the left side of your results list to see the results from a specific Year, Location, Source, and Source Type.Click on 2007 to see the results from that year.Click here to return to menu slideYour display changes automatically to reflect your “View Results” selection, in this case 2007.Let’s further narrow the displayed results to October of 2007.Click here to return to menu slideAgain, your display will refresh to reflect your new selection, in this case October of 2007.Now choose a Location. Click “View 49 more” then “California” under “by Location” in the left navigation bar.Click here to return to menu slideThe new display reflects all of our selections so far – 2007, October, California.We can continue to narrow our displayed results. Let’s choose Newswires from the Source Types.Click here to return to menu slideWith only a few clicks, we have narrowed our results from more than 71,000 hits to a tightly focused group of Newswire articles from October 2007 from California.At any time, you can use the drop-down list and the breadcrumb trail links to change the set of results that you are displaying and move back up through your complete results set.Click here to return to menu slideBrowse a specific newspaper by date
  • For example:
  • You remember seeing an article from your local paper about a non-profit group that is buying an apartment community for seniors.
  • Your local paper is The Tennessean.
  • You recall that the article appeared on January 1, 2008.
  • Note: The sources available to you will depend on your NewsBank subscription.
  • Click here to return to menu slideFirst, use the Locations and/or Source List tabs to select the newspaper you want to browse, The Tennessean.Since you remember the date the article was published, use the Recent Issues list to select the January 1, 2008 issue.Click here to return to menu slideBrowse through the headlines and click on the article that you want.Tip: Browse features are available only if a single newspaper is selected.Click here to return to menu slideUse the Previous, Next, and Back to Issue links to move from article to article or to go back to the complete list of articles for the date you are browsing.Tip: Use the Quick Links to browse other articles from the same section or date.Click here to return to menu slideAt the issue level, you can move to the Previous date or the Next date by clicking their links.Use the Date list link to get a list of all available dates for the month you are currently displaying. Or type any date that you wish to browse in the Enter a Date box and click Go.Tip: Click the United States link in the breadcrumb trail at the top of your display window to get back to the U.S. map.Click here to return to menu slideLocate an obituary
  • For example:
  • Princess Diana, from August 1997
  • Smith, a former professor at the Naval Academy, who passed away in the 1990s
  • In your search, you might specify:
  • The region or paper where the obituary would have been published
  • The name of the deceased
  • The month and year of death
  • Click here to return to menu slideFor an obituary of a famous person, search the entire United States to get a wide range of results.Type “Princess Diana” into the first text-edit box.Type 1997 into the second text-edit box for the Date field.Choose Best Matches first from the Sort by drop-down list.Click here to return to menu slideView results from sources all across the country.Click here to return to menu slideTip: To see your search terms as they appeared in the context of the articles, switch to the Keyword-in-Context Article Preview at the bottom of the results page.Click here to return to menu slideNotice the search terms in the Keyword-in-Context display on the results list.At the bottom of each page of results, you can change the number of results per page, and move from page to page within your results set.Click here to return to menu slideNow let’s search for Mr. Smith’s obituary. 1. Using the checkboxes, select the South Atlantic states, since you know he taught at the Naval Academy. 2. Type Smith and obituary into the first text-edit box. 3. Type a date range 1990 – 1999 into the text-edit box for the Date field, since you know approximately when he died.Tip: You can add and remove rows of boxes from the search form as needed with the Add Row and Remove Row buttons. 4. Type the phrase “Naval Academy” into the third text-edit box. Since Smith is such a common name, additional terms will help focus your results.Click here to return to menu slideThe search yields two obituaries for Emerson Smith – one from The Sun in Baltimore, MD and one from the Washington Post.Tip: Since many people live in several places during their lives, obituaries may be listed in newspapers from two or more cities.Tip: Ask your librarian about NewsBank’s America’s Obituaries & Death Notices. It is an incomparable genealogical research tool.Click here to return to menu slideLocate a recipe
  • For example, find a recipe for gumbo:
  • Consider the best location to search
  • What are the critical search terms
  • Sort order
  • Click here to return to menu slideSelect all sources from Louisiana. This makes sense, of course, because Louisiana is a great place to look for gumbo recipes!Type gumbo and recipe in the first text-edit box.Click here to return to menu slideYour search returns a large number of hits, displaying the newest articles first.Click on Best Matches First to re-sort your results immediately – without re-running your search.Click here to return to menu slideYour results display will refresh automatically – with the best articles at the top of the list.Click here to return to menu slideLocate a book review
  • For example, find reviews on books by popular and prolific author Jodi Picoult:
  • Look at recent reviews to learn about her current books
  • Look at older reviews to get a perspective on her early career
  • Click here to return to menu slideSearch all sources in the U.S. for Jodi ADJ2 Picoultand “book review.”Tip: Using the ADJ2 proximity connector for a middle initial in the author’s name and the phrase “book review” make it likely that you will find exactly what you are looking for.Click here to return to menu slideThe search yields a highly focused group of articles. The Keyword-in-Context display on the results list gives you a glimpse into the reviews of Picoult’s recent books.Now let’s look at the beginning of Picoult’s career and her early books. Click on the Oldest First link to re-sort your results in chronological order.Click here to return to menu slideYour results display automatically refreshes with the oldest articles at the top of the list, providing you with reviews for Picoult’s early novels.Click here to return to menu slideGet immediate results on important topics in Special Reports
  • Choose from various Special Reports created and collected by NewsBank. Several current topics include:
  • Presidential Campaign
  • People in the News
  • World Environment
  • Click here to return to menu slideTo access Special Reports, hover over the Other NewsBank Products link in the upper-right corner of your window. Choose Special Reports from the drop-down list.Click here to return to menu slideThen click on the Special Report(s) of interest to you. Note the variety of topics and frequency of updates.Click here to return to menu slideAmerica’s Newspapersis the ultimate newspaper archive
  • We hope this tutorial has helped you understand some of the techniques and strategies for successful research.
  • Remember to:
  • Select appropriate sources to search
  • Define your search terms
  • Use the View Results and sorting tools after you search to narrow and focus your displayed results
  • Click here to return to menu slide
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