Searching the Clip File
Library Databases index and in many cases provide the full text of newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, and other resources. When your Journalism professors tell you to "Search the Clip File" you want to search the library databases....
Create your own Clip File with bibliographic management software. Zotero is "a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself."
These are the biggest, most frequently used newspaper and magazine databases (i.e., indexes plus fulltext). Start your research here.
The library subscribes to many specialized databases. The A-Z list of these databases has a subject filter which you can use to select the databases for your search. Below are some examples for topics covered by women's and gender issues, and ethnic news.