Finding free online news articles: getting behind paywalls

Finding free online news articles: getting behind paywalls


Hello. Welcome to this tutorial on finding online news articles. Have you ever clicked on a newspaper story but couldn’t read it because you were blocked? The library provides free online access to a wide variety of domestic and international news articles— articles from major papers that are available to users with a Laurier login. So let’s say you want news articles on a particular topic. Starting at the library homepage, first search for your topic. Then narrow down your sources to “news articles.” Click on the article title to read it. Another way of searching for news on a topic is to click on “research materials” on the library homepage. Choose “news articles,” and then “current sources.” The library subscribes to 3 major news databases: Canadian News (for domestic news), and Factiva and LexisNexis (for international news). If you want to know what major papers around the world have written about a topic, Factiva is extremely useful and easy to use. It covers current news topics and goes back as far as 1969. To find news articles on your topic, just type in your search terms. You can narrow down the list of results by choosing options such as companies, sources, subjects, industries and more. To read the entire article, just click on the title. The library also provides access to the historical archives of major newspapers such as The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, and The Times (of London). The articles go back as far as the 18th and 19th centuries. You can find them on the “news articles” page under “news archives online.” Are you looking for summaries of the news, alternative news sources, or editorial cartoons? You can find them on news articles page. If you have any questions, just ask us at library.wlu.ca/help/askus. Let us know whether or not this video was helpful. Go to library.wlu.ca/videofeedback to give us feedback and help us improve.

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