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  • Access World News Research Collection
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    The electronic editions of record for valuable local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers as well as full-text content of key international sources -- all in one easy-to-search database with a world map. Over 4,500 news sources are included. Each provides unique coverage of local and regional news, including companies, politics, sports, industries, cultural activities, and people in the community, as well as a distinctive focus offering a variety of viewpoints on local and world issues. Paid ads are excluded.
  • AP Stylebook
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    The AP Stylebook Online is a fully searchable version of the AP Stylebook with interactive features and links. AP Stylebook Online include an editor login to add custom entries and notes to AP Stylebook material.
  • Associated Press Collections Online
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    Provides access to AP archives and primary sources from 1931-2008, including: original wire copy, personal papers, AP style books, internal publications, and more. Hundreds of videos and images are also included.
  • BBC Country Profiles
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    This site supplies information on the history, economy, and politics ofcountries and territories. Each profile includes an overview, map,facts, and current leaders. A media overview provides information on thepress, television, radio, news agencies, and number of Internet users.Links provided on the side of the profile connect to the latest news andkey stories, BBC links, background articles, related Internet sites andvideo and audio clips from the BBC archives. Additional features includetimelines, recent news links, background articles, Internet sites, andBBC archive video and audio clips. Information on over 20 keyinternational organizations is also included.
  • Glassdoor
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    Glassdoor is free career resource that searches “over 20,000 job sites, newspapers, and company career pages” at once. Apply directly for millions of jobs. This database also provides access to company reviews and ratings written anonymously by employees and job seekers; salaries; and sample interview questions.
  • Information Services Latin America (ISLA)
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    Information Services Latin America (ISLA) is a press monitoring service providing fulltext images of news articles related to individual Latin American countries and to regions such as the Caribbean area, Andean region, or Latin America in general. Articles are from 9 U.S. and British elite newspapers. Access is by month and year or by country or region. Coverage is from August, 2007 to the present. Content is updated monthly.
  • Life Magazine
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    The entire run of the preeminent U.S. photojournal, /Life /Magazine, has now been ditigized and indexed. It was published weekly from 1936 to 1972, and covered all aspects of American life, as well as important overseas events. Many important photographers, such as Margaret Bourke-White, Karsh, and Gordon Parks, contributed images, some of which have since become icons. Search is by keyword only.
  • Listener Historical Archive 1929-1991
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    This digital archive includes the complete 62-year run of BBC's periodical which was the intellectual counterpart to BBC's magazine, Radio Times. Developed as the medium for reproducing broadcast talks – initially on radio, but in later years television as well - The Listener is one of the few records and means of accessing the content of early BBC broadcasts. As well as commenting on and expanding on the intellectual broadcasts of the week, The Listener also previewed major literary and musical programs and regularly reviewed new books.
  • March of Time
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    From 1935-1967, American theatergoers and television watchers were witness to Time Inc.'s unique and controversial newsreel series, The March of Time®. Now, for the first time, this groundbreaking series is available in online streaming video in a single, cross-searchable collection designed specifically to meet the needs of researchers, teaching faculty, and students. The newsreels have been restored to their original luster by HBO Archives, allowing viewers to experience these historic newsreels as audiences did in earlier decades.
  • MediaMark MRI+
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    In order to access the Report, all users must register using their email address. Once an account has been registered and validated, you can login to and click on the Mediamark Reporter button to start using the program.
    Access is limited to 11 concurrent users.
  • Meet the Press
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    Meet the Press is making over 1,500 hours of footage—the full surviving broadcast run to date—available online in one cross-searchable interface. For the first time ever, network television’s longest running program—with its thousands of interviews, panels, and debates—is available via streaming online video.
  • NAM Online Directory of Ethnic Media
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    The National Online Directory of Ethnic Media is the most comprehensive listing of ethnic media, America's fastest growing segment of journalism reaching more than 60 million Americans.The NAM Online Directory provides information on more than 2,500 ethnic media organizations in the United States, including print, online, radio and television. It also includes a custom search feature that allows you to create your own search for media by city, state, language, ethnicity, and media type.
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  • North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project
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    A project of the North Carolina State Archives, this collection contains over 23,000 pages from newspapers dating from 1751 until 1898. Click on the link "Newspapers Included" to see the current list of titles from 6 towns. The runs are mostly short, sometimes with only 2 or 3 issues from one paper. Advertisements are included, including indexing of the text. Navigation is a bit awkward.
    In addition to browsing, you can search by keyword, year, or a particular newspaper. Results include a thumbnail of the newspaper as well as its title and the date of the particular result. Clicking on the thumbnail of the page provides a viewer window to show you the whole page, with icons for moving around, zooming, turning the paper, etc.
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    The web site’s mission is to promote “critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format.” Topics such as Sex and Gender, Religion, and Media and Entertainment have at least one pro/con issue. The "for" and "against" text is in two columns, preceded by a “Did you know” and followed by a background essay. Footnotes are embedded in the text with many live links.
  • ProPublica
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    ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.
  • USC Digital Library
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    The USC Digital Library (USCDL) is the digital repository for original research materials which have been selected for archiving by the Libraries. Content made available by the USCDL facilitates new and creative opportunities for scholarship and teaching by providing enhanced access to materials which feature and highlight the Libraries' holdings or from non-Library held collections identified in collaboration with members of the USC academic community. Accordingly, the USCDL provides a wealth of primary and original source material in a variety of formats. These may include, but are not limited to USC theses and dissertations; photographs; rare books, or portions thereof; manuscripts; source documents; sound recordings; moving images; data sets; 'born digital' documents; and digital representations of physical objects. USCDL content can be licensed or sub-licensed to parties outside of USC.
  • World Newsreels Online (1929–1966)
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    World Newsreels Online, 1929-1966, a streaming video product which captures full runs of many of the key international newsreels produced during the early twentieth century. These films, produced from 1929 right through to the early post-war period, provide a unique – and until now largely neglected, resource that will give scholars a real insight into how people learned about, and lived through the events that occurred during this period of history
  • World Press Photo
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    Sponsor of an annual contest for the best in photojournalism, and now in multimedia as well, this site includes the images of the winners of the most recent 2-3 years of the awards.See the World Press Photo Contest Archive for previous years (
  • World Press Photo Contest Archive
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    Since 1955 World Press Photo has hosted a contest for the best in photojournalism. This site has the complete archive of some 10,000 photographs by 1,372 photographers of 79 nationalities. Browse by year or photographer or search by such categories as nationality, organization, category (including specific contest awards) and prize. All images are watermarked.