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The Value of Newspaper Information

For hundreds of years, newspapers have provided and preserved detailed records of topics, people, institutions, issues and events. Today, a wealth of credible local, regional, national and international newspaper coverage continues to provide people worldwide with access to the essential information they require every day. Consequently, newspaper archives remain among the most widely used resources in all types of libraries, according to usage statistics.

A comprehensive resource for up-to-date news and information
Filled with valuable records, facts, statistics, analysis, references, quotations, lists and much more, newspapers from across town and around the world reflect different experiences, perspectives and bodies of knowledge. Newspapers provide essential background information and details on who, what, when, where and why. Also, local newspapers from communities directly affected by a particular issue, trend or event often provide the most authoritative coverage, long before and after national or international publications, which may offer valuable “big-picture” analysis.

Significance of local coverage
Newspaper collections commonly satisfy users' need for grassroots coverage, including articles on topics of local interest, coverage of area politics and legislation, events calendars and other information not available from any other source. This includes, for instance, a write-up of a high school football game, legal notices, public announcements, popular recipes, letters to the editor and records of births, marriages and deaths. Of all local media and news sources, newspapers offer the most extensive, up-to-date record of emerging and ongoing local issues, personalities and stories of interest.

Valuable local, regional, national and international perspectives
Issues and events are perceived differently across town, around the country and throughout the world. By accessing newspaper articles from different geographic areas, users are likely to find information reflecting different opinions and experiences. By comparing these varying viewpoints from different regions, researchers are better prepared to form their own educated conclusions.

Track subjects historically and geographically
By providing access to both current newspaper issues and years of archives, Web-based newspaper databases enable users to track and thoroughly analyze information on countless subjects over time—from the earliest stages to their current status. Also, by searching titles from hundreds of small towns and big cities worldwide, users can track subjects or trends regionally and as they move across borders. Few other resources offer this unique capability.


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