Database Spotlight



Libraries are not just "books" anymore. Though there are wonderful collections in the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, we also subscribe to many online databases. Databases are an online resource containing thousands of newspaper and magazine articles in addition to biographical and medical information, genealogical sources, encyclopedia articles, and general reference materials that cover a wide variety of subjects and provide reliable information. The library subscribes to databases in 12 different subject categories. There are even specific databases for children and teens to help them with their homework. Most of the information retrieved is in full text articles. And the good news is that the databases are available 24/7 from home, school or work. All you need is a library card to gain remote access. However there are a few databases that can only be accessed in the library.

ProQuest is a wonderful source for full-text newspaper articles. This database includes The Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Now there is no need to subscribe to a particular newspaper online — you can get this information for free through the J-MRL database website. The default is to search all newspapers at once but it is easy to search for only one newspaper by clicking on Publications (a ‘tab’ on the top row) and then just click the specific newspaper(s) you want to search. This ‘tab’ will also give information about how far back the database has full text articles for each newspaper. A nice feature is that you can email a full text article to a friend, or to yourself if you want to keep it on your computer.

If you have specific information you want to find, use the Advanced search and you can limit your search request to that area of the newspaper. You can also limit your search by ‘Date Range’ so that you are not overwhelmed by results. If you need help using this database, please call the Reference Desk at the Central Library (979-7151 ext 4) or

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