Saturday, 4 July 2009

NZ and US add digitized newspapers

The National Library of New Zealand announce the addition of seven new titles to their stable of 1.3 million pages of digitized newspapers in their Papers Past initiative. A nice feature of this initiative is that pages are highly segmented. If you get a hit on a name you only have to download a small segment of the page, although you can if you want to see it in the context of the full page.

In the US ProQuest is boosting coverage with exclusive access to 85 titles in the Gannett chain. This is in addition to ProQuest's existing titles including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. As Dick Eastman points out, ProQuest subscriptions are available to libraries, not to individuals. You need to find a cooperative library to search these.

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