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Evaluating News Sources

"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." --Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Newsweek, 25 August 1986, p. 27.

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Cornell undergraduates can sign up for unlimited, free access to The New York Times online (

Anyone with an .edu, .mil, or .gov email address can sign up for unlimited, free access to the Washington Post online:

The Library provides free access to the Financial Times ( online.

Online News Access

The Newsstand section on the default home page of Factiva shows the last two weeks of the following news sources—every article, plain text (no graphics)—New York Times, Wall Street Journal (U.S. edition, Europe edition, and Asia edition), Investor’s Business Daily, and the BBC. The Library subscribes to this database, so all Cornell has access.
The content of all publications covered in Factiva is also searchable. Click on the Search button in the top bar.

Financial Times/ is the Financial Times’ name for their online version. It requires a free signup for the pay-walled version. Use the link from this catalog record: All Cornell has access via our Library subscription. The default version is the “International Edition.” The UK Edition is also available online.

New York Times/
The Student Assembly has purchased access for all Cornell undergraduates only. All undergraduate students have received an e-mail with login instructions. Instructions are also here as a PDF: New York Times -- digital access for undergraduates. Other users are limited to 10 articles per month without a personal digital subscription.

Washington Post/
Anyone with a .edu, .gov, or .mil e-mail address can get free, unlimited access to all content, including the blogs. Instructions for signing up using a .edu email address can be found here:

World Politics Review:
Continuously updated. Articles provide analysis of trends and events in international affairs. Published entirely online, WPR's original articles are written by a network of analysts, journalists, and scholars. Nonpartisan, nonideological articles cover diplomacy, military affairs, energy, economics and related subjects.


The Current Events section of our Current Topics research guide, especially:

CQ Magazine [formerly CQ Weekly]. Washington: Congressional Quarterly.
(Online version: 1983 to date.)
CQ Magazine provides nonpartisan coverage of the U.S. Congress: congressional legislation, commission reports, presidential talks and appointments, and even information about birth dates, religious affiliation and occupation of senators and representatives. One of the best and most current of all publications dealing with government action. Covers Congress in depth, but also includes information on the executive and judicial branches of government.

National Journal. [formerly National Journal Group's Policy Central].
Daily updates and reviews of actions and events throughout the Federal Government, including the White House, Federal departments and agencies, Congress, and the Courts. Includes National Journal Almanac [aka Almanac of American Politics in print format, 1998 to date, Olin JK 1010 .B26, latest edition at the reference desk]; National Journal Daily; and National Journal Hotline.

Examples of News Databases funded by the Library

Access World News. (called America's Newspapers before 2005)
[]; subscription.
Coverage: Current, from roughly the mid-1980s on (start dates vary widely). Over 4,700 newspapers and newswires, including some web-only titles. Also video from local television news programs. Some international coverage, but mainly Anglo-American titles (about 75% North American titles, 25% international). Includes many smaller newspapers in the U.S. Plain text and video. Mainly in English; some Spanish (see Acceda Noticias).

Ethnic NewsWatch. ProQuest.
[]; subscription.
Coverage: 1959 to date in two files. In English and Spanish. Plain text with some PDFs. Publications by and for ethnic and minority groups.

LexisNexis Academic.
[]; subscription.
Coverage: roughly 1980 to date. Includes television and radio. Plain text. Mainly English and Western European languages. Use the Search by Subject or Topic drop-down menu to choose News.