Why are newspapers a good source to use for research?
Newspapers can be a great source for understanding various viewpoints on almost any topic. A newspaper will contain articles about events and issues, but will also have editorials, letters, and advertisements that can be useful for understanding a particular topic or event. Reading newspaper articles that relate to a particular issue, especially if you read articles from various times in history and places, can help you to understand how issues and public opinion have changed over time.
What Kinds of Newspaper Sources are Available?
There are several formats of newspapers and news sources:
- Print Newspapers:
- Most major newspapers are printed daily.
- The most recent daily newspapers are usually available at any public library, and can be purchased at grocery stores, news stands, and many other places (hint-- Every Starbucks has newspapers available for purchase every day!).
- Major national newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times, are usually good sources for national and international news; regional newspapers, such as The Press Enterprise or the Orange County Register, are good sources for local news.
- Online Newspapers:
- Newspapers and newspaper articles can often be accessed for free online.
- Major and regional newspapers often post articles about the biggest news stories on their websites, and often keep past articles and issues available online.
- There are also some "e-newspapers" that are available only online, such as The Huffington Post and Seattle Post-Intelligencer
- Newspaper Databases:
- To find newspaper articles and issues that were published in the past, you can use an online database to search.
- These databases, such as Lexis-Nexis Newspapers and Newspaper Source, will help you to find historical news.