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News Formats: Disk
 

News content is available in at least eight formats. This is a guide to those formats with pros and cons and examples for each one.

Disk

Format: On CD-ROM or DVD; viewable only when installed on an individual computer.
Examples: Le Monde sur CD-ROM, Pennsylvania Gazette, Civil War Newspapers, 19th Century African-American Newspapers. Plain text. Housed in the Electronic Text Center in Olin Library (NB: Pennsylvania Gazette, Civil War Newspapers, 19th Century African-American Newspapers are now also available online.
Content: Selected runs of a one or a few newspaper titles with a common theme. Newspapers of historical interest: U.S. Civil War titles from the North and South, abolitionist titles.
Pros: Requires very little storage space. Full text is searchable.
Cons: Limited content and time period covered; transitional medium.
Access rating: Fair.
Preservation rating: Uncertain, but probably poor. Usable life of disks unknown. Software changes will render them obsolete.
Notes: Specialized use as a searchable language corpus: a snapshot of the language in a given context at a given time.