Online, Plain Text

Format:  

 Plain text, no graphics. Plain text is usually framed by an HTML interface.

Examples:  

 Aggregators include:

 Factiva

Nexis Uni

Access World News

ProQuest (Alt-PressWatchEthnic NewsWatchGenderWatch)

World News Connection, 1994-2013

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, 1974-1996.

Content:  

 Mainline newspapers, specialized/ethnic newspapers, international newspapers, mostly back to 1980, some coverage back to 1960s. Partial content. Included content is fully indexed.

Pros:  

 The full text of the included content is searchable; wide range of content; good currency; networked; institutional subscriptions are relatively inexpensive for the content covered.

Cons:    

Changing content; not an archival medium; loss of original formatting; loss of graphic, audio, and visual information; loss of content (no advertising included, Tasini exclusions, multiple daily editions).

Access rating:

Good. Networked.

Preservation rating:

Highly variable; archived content in some databases can be withdrawn by individual newspaper publishers at any time; access to archived content is guaranteed in other databases.

Notes: 

Currently the dominant mode of access that the library provides users via paid subscriptions in terms of breadth and depth of content.