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What is Access World News?

Access World News is a database of full text articles from hundreds of local, regional, national, and international newspapers.

       

(NOTE: This is the only online, full-text access to Tucson's Arizona Daily Star.)

Search the Lead

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The opening paragraph of an article is the lead. The lead usually expresses the main idea, and it's a good place to locate the most relevant articles.

Let's look for articles on immigration reform.

Your Turn:

  • From the first drop-down, Select Lead/First Paragraph

                 

Search the Lead

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  • Search immigration reform
  • Click Search

How many results did that get you?

Refine Your Search

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Let's refine our search so we get more focused articles.

We want in-depth reporting, so let's look for articles with over 500 words.

Your Turn

  • In the Date drop-down menu, select Word Count
  • Select greater than 500 words
  • Click Search

             

Refine Your Search

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We also want to focus our search on a more narrow topic. Let's look at the ramifications of Senate Bill 1070.

Your Turn:

  • Click add row icon
  • Type SB1070 into the new search box
  • Select Search

Explore Your Results

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That got you less than 100 results.

Your Turn:

  • Click Country under Results

Which three countries did you retrieve results from?

Explore Your Results

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Your Turn:

  • Narrow it down to just the USA
  • Locate this article: "Brewer: SB 1070 prompted action in Congress"
  • When you find it, select the article title.
  • Scan the article

Explore Your Results

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Which newspaper published this article?

Search a State

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For the next example, we are going to look only for articles that have been published in Arizona.

Your Turn

  • Scroll back to the top
  • Select New Search
  • Using the map, click on North America
  • Then USA
  • Then Arizona

Search a State

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Scroll through the list of the different titles from Arizona.

Which types of sources can you find on this list?

Search a State

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Let's look for recent articles about bilingual education in Arizona.

  • Again, select Lead/First Paragraph.
  • Type bilingual education
  • Select Date in the next drop-down menu
  • Place the cursor in the search box next to date
  • Click past 12 months
  • Click Search

Note that you should have retrieved less than 10 results. 

Search a Newspaper

Access World News allows you to search specific news sources.

Your Turn:

  • In the Shortcuts menu, select Arizona Daily Star
  • Using the main search boxes, enter TUSD ethnic studies
  • Click Search

        

Identify Editorials

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You should get less than 500 results.

Your Turn:

  • Locate this article Appeals Court: Possible bias in ethnic studies ban
  • Note the blue ribbon across the top of the screen.
  • Click Cite

Identify Editorials

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How many different citation styles can you chose from?

Conclucsion

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Quiz

The main idea of a newspaper article is typically found:

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True or False: Adding additional keywords to a search can help you get more focused results.

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True or False: Access World News is the only online, full text access to the Arizona Daily Star.

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True or False: In-depth articles are usually at least 500 words long.

 

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