Tip Jar Post #21: Traveling Back in Time with Historical Newspapers


You’ve probably seen the scenario played out tons of times in movies, cartoons, comic books or plays: someone with a hunch is hot on the trail of a mysterious lead and needs to confirm her suspicions. She treks over to the town library or archive and proceeds to pour through dozens of dusty papers dating back decades. Finally, after hours of digging (and sneezing) success! She’s found the original newspaper article that proves her hunch was right.

But what if you aren’t filming for a movie and don’t have a month to dig for the research? Not a worry — you can find a number of historical and archival newspaper sources available as digital copies from a few of the UT Libraries’ Historical Newspapers databases.

We’ve got almost twenty different types of historical newspaper databases to choose from, and depending on your research need, you’ll find they offer different types and scopes of coverage.  If you are looking for a newspaper that shows the entire paper of the newspaper as it was when it was published from the mid-1880s until about 20 years ago, try checking out any of the ProQuest Historical Databases: The New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times.

You can limit your searches to particular dates, types of articles (obituaries, reviews, front page articles), and email yourself the entire PDF of the article as appeared when it was first published.

Check out the entire video below for more information:

More resources:

Are you a UT graduate? Participate in a UT recent grad study and receive a $10 Amazon gift card

Help the UT Libraries and get a $10 Amazon gift card for an hour of your time.

What: Participate in a one-hour focus group about how you find and use information now that you’ve graduated from UT.

When: Saturday, April 28 from 11:00am-noon or 1:00-2:00 pm (your choice of time, let us know!)

Where: On the UT campus

More details about the study are below. If you are interested in participating, check the eligibility requirements below and email Alison Head with your choice of time (11 a.m. or 1 p.m.) at ajhead1@uw.edu by Thursday, April 26.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Thank you!

– Alison J. Head, Ph.D., Lead Researcher

Co-Director and Co-Principal Investigator, Project Information Literacy
Research Scientist, The Information School, The University of Washington
Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Library Innovation Lab, Harvard University
(707) 939-6941

About the study:

• We are conducting two focus groups of college graduates from University of Texas at Austin. The research is part of a national academic research study called Project Information Literacy, which is based in the University of Washington’s Information School.

• We work with campuses across the US to study how college students find and use information in the digital age and how these skills and strategies develop over time. This year, our research is being conducted in collaboration with the University of Texas Libraries and the Texas Exes.

The focus group sessions will have between 5 and 10 UT graduates, such as yourself. We will be asking you and a group of other graduates about your ideas, opinions, and experiences for a new study we are conducting.

• The study is about the skill sets today’s college students have and need for conducting research and finding and using information once they graduate and enter the workplace and their everyday lives. There is the possibility of a great benefit to improving the information literacy training students receive during college and once they graduate in the workplace and at large in the communities they live in.

• Findings from the final report will appear in a summary on the Project Information Literacy Web Site in December (2012).

Amazon gift card:

• As our thank you for your participation, we will give you a $10 Amazon gift card the day of the session. (Yes, if for some reason, you leave the session at any time and for any reason, you will still be able to receive the $10 Amazon gift card.)

Eligibility requirements:

• In order to qualify, you must have graduated with a BA or BS from UT between the years of 2005 and 2011 and you must not be currently enrolled in a graduate program at UT, or any other institution this semester.

Library Insider: Research Week Edition, April 2012

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