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The History and Future of the American Press

How To Use This Guide

Use the tabs on the side to find resources by type or for a specific course. The individual course guides have been tailored for the specific needs of the course. If you need help or have a comment you can contact me -- my information is on the left sidebar.

Where to Get Ideas

When selecting the  journalist you want to research, think about the areas of journalism you are most interested in and pick someone who does that type of work. That will allow you to have more energy and interest for the project, and make it easier for you to research and write the assignment.

Are you interested in reporting, broadcast news, investigative, literary or sports journalism? Are you interested in minority journalists? Are you interested in historical or contemporary figures? 

Think Creatively About The Assignment

What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources refer to documents or other items that provide first-hand, eyewitness accounts of events.
A newspaper article written at the time an event took place (Pearl Harbor, for example) is a primary source. Or a memoir and recollections by someone who was involved in an event, such as an interview with a woman who took part in the Civil Rights Movement.

Some examples of primary source materials are:

  • Printed texts, including books, newspapers, diaries, pamphlets, magazines, and journals
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps
  • Paintings
  • Artifacts
  • Audio and video recordings
  • Oral histories
  • Photographs
  • Dissertations
  • Government documents

Primary sources are different from secondary sources, which are written later and usually comment on or analyze historic events or original documents.

Current News - Free Fulltext

The University Libraries maintain online subscriptions to a number of newspapers. The databases below provide access to the most popular titles, such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Newsday, and the Washington Post. If you are having trouble finding a specific title, use the IM widget to ask a librarian if we subscribe to that newspaper.

LexisNexis Academic: Finding an Obituary