Access World News

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What is Access World News?

Access World News is a database of full-text local, national, and international newspapers.

Local titles include The Advocate and The Times-Picayune 

Use Access World News to:

  • Find news articles
  • Understand current and quickly evolving events and issues
  • Track how issues and events change over time
  • Compare the viewpoints of different publications and geographic locations on an issue

It is important to note if you are accessing the database from off-campus, you will be asked to authenticate via MyLSU.

You can access the Library webpage through your MyLSU simply by clicking "Library Resources" on the left hand side and then "LSU Libraries Web Page" from the drop down menu provided.

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Opening the Database

Go to the LSU Libraries website:

Click on the Databases tab and select the letter A from the By Title list.  In the alphabetical list, you will find Access World News.  

Working from off campus?

Now you should be in the Access World News database.

Searching the Database

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There are different basic options for how to find news resources:

  • World Region, Country, State and Territory, City, and U.S. Region tabs and the maps allow you to select and narrow down resources based on a geographic location.
  • Shortcuts lists the most commonly used papers and areas of news coverage.
  • Source Types tab allows you to limit based on the following types: blogs, college/university newspapers, journals, newsletters, newspapers, newswires, transcripts, video, and web-only sources.
  • Publications tab provides and A-to-Z list of titles in the database, excluding magazines. 
We'll look at some of these categories one-by-one.

Searching the Database

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Access World News allows you to search at various geographic levels. The default search is The World - the broadest search possible.
To narrow your search, you can search by continent, region/country, state, or publication.

Try it!

Use the map or list under Locations to narrow to the level of Alaska.  

Are there news sources from Alaska within Access World News?


Searching the Database

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The Shortcuts give you quick access to frequently used resources.

When you select a title from the Shortcuts list, you can search within the publication or browse an issue by entering a date or by selecting a recent issue.

Try it!

Select The Advocate shortcut link.

Does Access World News include content from today's edition of The Advocate


Searching the Database

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Unless you are browsing a publication by date, you will search using the search box. All Text is the default search. If your search term appears anywhere in the document – from headline to the very last line of text – it will be retrieved with the All Text search.

Click on the drop-down menu for more options:

From here, you can select specific sections of the article to search:

  • Lead/First Paragraph - Opening paragraph, usually expresses the main idea of the article
  • Headline - Title that indicates the nature of the article
  • Author/Byline - The name of the person who wrote the article
  • Section - The name of the section of the newspaper in which the article appeared, such as Sports, Entertainment, Local News, etc.
  • Caption - The text that accompanied any photos or illustrations that ran with the article in the published paper


Searching the Database

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Try it!

If you're doing a pro/con paper on marijuana legalization, you might be curious about changing public attitudes in the US. 

Select United States on the map. Now your results will be limited to the U.S.

Use this search box to search within All Text for marijuana legalization and poll.  Be sure to change the search in the second drop-down to All Text:


Scan the headlines of the results. What can you tell about the current attitude of Americans on the issue of marijuana legalization?

Searching the Database

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From within the results page, you may want to revise your search or start a new one.  To do so, just modify the search bar that remains at the top of the page.

Try it!

Change the search from All Text to Lead/First Paragraph for the marijuana legalization and poll search. 

On the results page, you will get far fewer results.  Scan the headlines.  How would you compare these results in terms of accuracy and precision with those from the All Text search? 

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Within the results screen you can refine your results to view them by a specific year (or month, day, era), location (for our search, we can go to State and Territory, City, or U.S. Region), publication, and source type.

Try it!

Select the year option.  You can see how current years have many more results than previous years for our marijuana legalization and poll search. What conclusions can we draw based on the increased frequency of new stories on this issue?

Searching the Database

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By clicking on a title, you can view the article.

At the top, you see the options to email, print, and cite the article:

To get the citation, select Cite.  Here, you can download citations for reference management software tools.  Or, you can get the citation in a specific style format.

Be sure to check these for accuracy!  

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Research Department Updated 4/15



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