Searching Access World News

Open http://www.library.arizona.edu/search/articles/dbDetail.php?shortname=fulltextnews in another browser window to work through this tutorial side by side.

Introduction

In this tutorial, you will learn how to find articles using the Access World News database.

Access World News is a database of full text newspapers from hundreds of local, regional, national, and international newspapers. (NOTE: This is the only online, full text access to Tucson's daily newspaper, the Arizona Daily Star.)

Using the page to your right, select Access World News.

You may be prompted to enter your UA NetID and password.

You are now in Access World News.

Use the arrows below to navigate through the tutorial.

Search Access World News

In newspapers, the opening paragraph of a news article is known as a lead. Since the lead usually expresses the main idea of the article, we want to search within the lead/first paragraph in order to locate the most relevant articles for our needs.

Select first drop-down arrow and select Lead/First Paragraph.

Type "immigration reform" into the search box. (NOTE: Since "immigration reform" is a phrase, you need to use quotes around it.)

Select Search.

Note that you retrieved over 35,000 results. Did you get a different number?

Refine Your Search

In-depth articles are usually longer than 500 words, so a good way to refine your searches in Access World News is by searching for articles of a minimum length.

Select Edit Search in the upper left corner of the database.

Select the drop-down arrow next to Date and select Word Count.

Select next drop-down arrow to the right and select greater than 500 words.

Select Search.

Now you have more than 18,000 results. Did you get a different number?

Since 18,000 is still a large number of results, it is a good idea to further refine your search.

Add Another Keyword

Adding additional keywords will allow you to further narrow your search. 

Select Edit Search in the upper left corner of the database.

Select the Add Row button (located below and to the right of the Search button).

Type sb1070 into the new search box that appears.

Select Search.

You now have about 50 results. Did you get a different number?

Explore Your Results

Scan your results and find this article: "How Arizona became ground zero for immigration reform.Can't find it?

When you find it, select the article title.

By looking at the information at the top of the article, you will see that this article was published in the August 3, 2010, edition of The Christian Science Monitor

You can email, print, or export this article to a bibliographic management tool (such as EndNote, RefWorks, or Zotero) by clicking the Email, Print, or Bibliography (export) links to the right of the article. What are bibliographic tools?

Search a Specific State

For the next example, we are going to look only for articles that have been published in Arizona news sources. (NOTE: Not all Arizona newspapers are indexed in Access World News.)

Select New Search in the upper left corner of the database.

In the center of the screen, look for Locations: The World - Selected Source Types. You will notice a list of continents.

Select the + next to North America, then the + next to United States.

Now select the check box next to Arizona.

Select the drop-down arrow to the far left of the Search box and select Lead/First Paragraph.

Type "immigration reform" into the search box.

Select Search.

Note that you retrieved about 500 results by limiting your search to a specific state. Did you get a different number?

Search a Specific Newspaper

As well as searching across all news sources or limiting a search by region or state, Access World News allows you to search specific types of news sources.

Select New Search in the upper left corner of the database.

Select the Source List tab above the list of continents. Notice that news source types in Access World News include college/university newspapers, journals, newspapers, newswires, and web-only sources. There are also some broadcast news transcripts, blogs, and videos.

Select the box next to Arizona Daily Star, The.

Select the drop-down arrow to the far left of the Search box and select Lead/First Paragraph.

Type "immigration reform" into the search box.

Select Search.

Identify Editorials

Scan your results and select the link for this article: "McCain can bring solutions home" (October 24, 2010). Can't find it? 

This article is an editorial. Editorials can be identified by examining the author's writing style or tone, or by looking at the information presented.

Scroll to the bottom of this article. Note that this article is from the EDITORIALS section of the newspaper, which is another way to identify editorials and opinion pieces.

(NOTE: Different newspapers identify editorials with different terms, for example Opinion, Our View, or Commentary.)

Congratulations, you've finished this tutorial! Select the right arrow below to start the quiz.

Quiz

The main idea of a newspaper article is typically found:

Quiz

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

Quiz

How can you verify whether an article is an opinion piece?

Quiz

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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