Ever had a friend email you a link to a newspaper paper article, only to find that the article became part of the newspaper’s archives by the time you got around to reading or forwarding it? Before you spend money to access the article through that newspaper’s archive, check to see whether you have access to the newspaper though your library databases.

This link offers a demonstration on finding a contemporary New York Times article in the St. John’s Libraries’ ProQuest Newspapers database, using the citation information posted in our last blog entry on “Googlebombs”: Cohen, N. (2007, Jan 29). Google halts ‘miserable failure’ link to president bush. New York Times, pp. C.6

For more on searching St. John’s ProQuest Historical Newspapers, click here.

UPDATE: In September 2007, The New York Times made all sections of their online version of the paper available for free; they also made some archive materails — from 1851 to 1922 and 1987 to the present — available without charge. [They still charge for some material from the period 1923 to 1986]. ProQuest Historical database facilitates a federated, indexed search all of the materials, and offers full-text access for all years.