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Evaluating News Sources: Did You Know ...?
Getting Past the Paywalls

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

Did you know that...

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:

Other current information sources are linked from the Current Events section of our Current Topics LibGuide.
Note particularly the National Journal and CQ Magazine for coverage of U.S. politics.

More Online News Access: Library-funded News Databases