Answered By: Harry L. Whitlock II
Last Updated: Jan 22, 2018     Views: 38

Yes, there are lots of sources of current information available through the library. We have databases that library patrons can use to access the current day's newspapers as well as past issues. The same for magazines. We also subscribe to print copies of the newspapers and magazines you mention. Those are located on Level 1 of Coe Library in the Current Journals section.

The best database to use for newspapers is ProQuest Newsstand. Access this database from the main UW Libraries webpage, click on "Databases" in the FIND bar, and then locate "News and Newspapers" in the "Databases by Subject" section. You can also locate the database in the "Databases by Title" box.

Once you are in that database, click on the "Publications" option on the top menu. You can search by A-Z or in a search box for the newspaper you want. Be aware that this is a text only database. Photos and graphs are usually not included. I recommend using this database in conjunction with the newspapers website to locate articles that you want since most newspaper websites only let you look at a specific number of article per month. The Washington Post and NYT are included in this collection.

Regarding digital versions of magazine, locate the database "RBdigital" using the "Databases by Title" option. You will need to create an account using your UW username. It's easy to do. An app is available for smartphones and tablets. Once you are in the database you can read on line and print pages. Unfortunately there is no way to export an entire issue of a magazine.

If you use the Libraries Catalog option (the blue button in the FIND bar), you can search for specific magazines, newspapers, and journals. This can be confusing at times because of multiple listings for the same magazine or newspapers. The multiple listings usually are the result of changes in ownership of the magazine, which results in a new catalog entry.

To use the catalog for magazine, the best option after getting on the main catalog page is to click on the green "Journal Search" button. Doing this focuses the search algorithm to just magazines and journals. When a digital version of a publication is available, there will be a blue bar labeled "View Full Text" under the title. Click that bar to go to the online site.  If you need help locating a specific publication, contact us or stop by the Help Desk at any of the UW Libraries.

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