The Internet can be a great source for finding out about current events. Many newspapers, magazines, television stations and news agencies have web sites with up to the hour - or even up to the minute - news and feature stories. Unfortunately, the content changes so quickly on these web sites that Internet search engines do not even try to search news sites for individual stories. Searchers must use specialized search tools to find current news information. Search tools include news directories, news search engines, and databases.
News Sites - National and International
Web pages set up by individual newspapers, television stations and other news agencies. A news site may also be an aggregator - a web page that gathers articles from a variety of other news sites.
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- All Africa.com
- African news from more than 60 different sources, including 40 top African news organizations. This site is managed by Africa News Service, a non-profit agency dedicated to professional news reporting on Africa in the United States.
- Contains news, commentary and discussion groups of topics related to Arabian and other Middle Eastern countries. This site is based in Jordan, and has a pro-Arab stance. Available in English and Arabic.
- British Broadcasting Corporation
- Headlines and world news from a British perspective. Includes articles up to three years old.
- Headlines and world news from around the world. Articles can be retrieved by keyword searches of by browsing geographic links.
- Jerusalem Post
- Online version of the English language Israeli newspaper "The Jerusalem Post". Articles are archived back to January 1989.
- International Herald Tribune
- English language international newspaper. The International Herald Tribune has seven publishing partners in Europe and two partners in Asia.
- Los Angeles Times
- Leading newspaper from Los Angeles, California.
- Missionary News Agency
- Press agency specializing in news of the "World's South." Articles are submitted by thousands of Christian missionaries located in South America, Africa and Asia.
- New York Times
- One of the nation's leading newspapers, published in New York City.
- Pravda (English language edition)
- Pravda (Russian language edition)
- Russia's leading news source.
- Spanish language television network.
- Washington Post
- Leading newspaper from the nation's capitol.
- Yahoo! News
- Headlines and article links collected by Yahoo!
Contain large, in-depth collections of articles from specific publications or about specific subjects. Databases for newspapers and magazines are usually more complete than a newspaper's web page; databases include nearly complete coverage of articles published over a period of several years. They may also have advanced search features. Databases are helpful for finding a particular article or subject from a specific publication. Many databases are available by subscription only.
If you have a library card from the Fort Vancouver Regional Library, you can access the following databases free of charge:
- Searchable database of major northwest newspapers, including the Columbian, Oregonian, Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Tacoma News Tribune, and the Spokesman Review. Archive coverage varies by newspaper. The Columbian is archived back to 1994. The other papers are archived for longer. Proquest allows for 'free text' searching or field (boolean) searching.
- Infotrac's General Onefile Searchable database of thousands of magazine articles on current events and other topics, archived back to 1980. Infotrac provides subject search and keyword search capabilities.
News Search Engines
News Search Engines Allow keyword searching for articles within a large collection of news sites. News searches are helpful for finding articles on a particular subject.
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- Alta Vista News
- News search function, plus top headlines compiled from many different online sources.
- Google News
- Searchable news database drawn from more than 4,000 sources worldwide.
- News Index
- Searches by keyword over 50,000 current news artilces from many sources around the world.
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News Sites - Local / Northwest
- Battle Ground Reflector
- Weekly newspaper from Battle Ground, Washington.
- Camas-Washougal Post Record
- Weekly newspaper from the twin cities of Camas and Washougal Washington.
- Daily newspaper from Vancouver, Washington. Searchable archives of the Columbian are also available under Databases ().
- Daily News
- Daily newspaper from Longview, Washington.
- Gateway site for links to four newspapers from the Columbia River Gorge: The Dalles Chronicle, the daily newspaper from The Dalles, Oregon; the Enterprise, a weekly newspaper from White Salmon, Washington; the Goldendale Sentinel, a weekly newspaper from Goldendale, Washington; the Hood River News, a weekly newspaper from Hood River, Oregon.
- KATU Channel 2
- ABC affiliate in Portland, Oregon
- KOIN Channel 6
- CBS affiliate in Portland, Oregon
- KGW Channel 8
- NBC affiliate in Portland, Oregon
- Daily newspaper serving Portland and the state of Oregon. Searchable archives of the Oregonian are also available under Databases ().
- Seattle Times
- Daily newspaper from Seattle, Washington
- Willamette Week
- Weekly alternative newspaper from Portland, Oregon.
- Yakima Herald
- Daily newspaper from Yakima, Washington. Free registration is required.
News Directories Links to different news sites are gathered onto a single web page and are arranged in categories such as city, state or country. Directories are helpful for finding news items from a specific place.
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- Daily Earth
- Links to newspapers in major U.S. cities, and more than 70 countries. The language of each publication is noted.
- Find Newspapers
- Links to newspapers from more than seventy countries.
- Info Prensa
- A worldwide directory magazines, newspapers, radio stations and other news sources in the spanish language.
- Internet Public Library
- Directory of online newspapers from 170 countries around the world.
- Yahoo's News and Media Directory
- Over 20,000 links to news sources from around the world.