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Introduction: Finding General Articles, News, Opinion and Commentary

This guide is designed to provide links to online materials useful for finding "news" in Sawyer Library databases and on the general web. 

While news sources often do an excellent job of covering current events and popular culture, as well as social commentary and editorial opinion, such sources are almost NEVER scholarly.  So, while it might be helpful to use a news site (or two) to identify a topic that interests you or to get the latest updates on a "breaking" story, if a teacher says that you must use scholarly or academic or peer-reviewed materials, then news sources would not be appropriate.  For more on scholarly literature and how to limit your search to peer-reviewed journals, see this guide.

LexisNexis Academic: Our Best News Database

LexisNexis Academic is a very wide-ranging news database covering national and regional news for the USA, but also providing fulltext to many news sources around the globe.  You can do a quick search from the front page in the first box.  But you are likely to get too large a number of results. Therefore, use a more targeted search screen, accessed by first clicking "Search by Content Type" on the top left side.


 Choose "News"  then "Advanced Search."  Select from the options provided.

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