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Library improves access to newspaper articles

Do you want to read Maureen Dowd's editorial in today's New York Times? Interested in comparing how the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Defender covered the same story in the 1920s? You can do that and more online with University Library access to electronic newspaper collections.

The University Library has a history of providing a rich collection of both current and historic newspapers from around the world, and the collection grows deeper all the time. The most recent additions are Library Press Display, ND Press, the historical Chicago Tribune and Chicago Defender, a major African-American newspaper.

Library Press Display provides direct online access to newspaper issues and ND Press is a library-mediated print-on-demand service for newspapers, both covering the latest 60 days. ND Press is available at Serials/Microforms in the Hatcher Graduate Library and in the Language Resource Center at the Modern Languages Building. Both products provide access to more than 300 newspaper titles exactly as they appear in the print edition.

Databases such as Access World News, LexisNexis Academic, China Core Newspapers and the Universal Database of Russian Newspapers provide access to newspapers from recent years. ProQuest Historical Newspapers, Early American Newspapers, the Times Digital Archive and others cover historical publications.

The University Library has provided access to ProQuest Historical Newspapers, a database of historical newspapers going back as far as the mid 1880s in some cases, for a number of years now, but the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Defender recently have been added to the available titles.

The Hatcher Graduate Library gradually has been canceling paper newspaper subscriptions, and this past year made a formal evaluation of its collection, says associate librarian Marija Freeland. A study of print newspaper usage at the library showed that out of 155 current newspaper titles, only 16 had any significant use. Staff observation added an additional eight titles that showed some use. As a result, the Hatcher Graduate Library has cancelled 109 newspaper titles in print format and converted some of them to electronic access through Library Press Display and ND Press.

The library's electronic subscriptions continue to provide access to popular news sources, such as the New York Times, The Washington Post, LA Times and hundreds of others not affected by the changes. All remain fully accessible to faculty, staff and students through the E-Journals gateway, any computer with a U-M IP address or patron coming to Serials/Microforms at Hatcher or the Language Resources Center at the Modern Languages Building.

Other sources for access to newspapers is Mirlyn, the library's online catalog or the Find e-journals section of Search Tools (searchtools.lib.umich.edu), which includes an alphabetical list of the journals and newspapers available electronically through the Library.

For further information, contact Freeland at mfreelan@umich.edu.

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