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News as an Information Format

News sources are invaluable as a discovery tool! As an information source, news is current, quickly written, sometimes has an editorial process (for fact checking and content presentation), can be primary or secondary, can be biased, and is not always accurate. You will need to read around a topic using several sources to corroborate the evidence in what you're reading. It captures the conversation around an event or topic in our communities and professions, often pointing to original source material, policies, and organizations that can be used as clues to further your research. There are many avenues by which we absorb the news. Some are freely accessible and others are fee-based. Here are a few to get you started.

Caution: Be critical. Evaluate what you're reading!

News Databases

National Newspapers - utilizing the databases to search on a topic across several news titles/sources
National Newspapers - browsing the latest (today's) articles
Local Syracuse Newspaper Archive
State and Federal: what's happening right now in New York legislature and DC
Specialized News Databases