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NewsLibrary is an online news database operated by Newsbank that houses a conglomeration of news from over "4,000 outlets in the United States", most of which are "traditional" sources of news coverage, such as "newspapers and television stations".[1] A total of 65 different newspapers are included in the article database.[2] The database itself allows a user to input a search term and then narrow the listed search by date, region and newspaper, with the earliest possible articles to find being from the early 1980s.[3] The site charges a fee for viewing the content, which is done on a pay-per-article scale, with each article costing $1.95.[4] The cost of viewing articles is charged to the user accounts on a monthly basis, though there is the option to purchase 100 articles directly for $77.[5]

Originally developed by Knight Ridder,[6] It is described as a successor to the web archive VU/TEXT that was owned by Knight Ridder and shut down in 1996.[7] NewsLibrary was purchased by Newsbank in 2001.[8]

NewsLibrary differs from other news databases in that the site allows the user to input a date, region, and newspaper, but nothing in the search bar; this brings up all of the articles published within the narrowed selection string, rather than searching for the use of a term or phrase within an article.[9]

Further reading[edit]

  • "Is it for you?". Database. Online Inc. 23: 34. 2000. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  • Vincent A. Munch (2001). "NewsLibrary". Reference Reviews. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. 15 (3): 17. ISSN 0950-4125. Retrieved October 15, 2011.


  1. ^ Nate Silver (October 7, 2011). "Police Clashes Spur Coverage of Wall Street Protests". New York Times. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  2. ^ Katz, William A. (2002). Introduction to reference work, Volume 1. McGraw-Hill. p. 204. ISBN 9780072441079. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  3. ^ Basch, Reva; Bates, Mary Ellen (2000). Researching online for dummies. IDG Books Worldwide. p. 234. ISBN 9780764505461. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  4. ^ "NewsLibrary". Personal Computer Magazine. PC Communications Corp. 19 (6–8): 167. 2000. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  5. ^ Zimmerman, Jan (2001). Marketing on the Internet: seven steps to building the Internet into your business. Maximum Press. p. 151. ISBN 9781885068491. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  6. ^ Boczkowski, Pablo J. (2005). Digitizing the News: Innovation in Online Newspapers. MIT Press. p. 59. Retrieved October 15, 2011. NewsLibrary.
  7. ^ J. Mandelbaum (2000). "Newslibrary: VU/TEXT Reincarnated". EContent. Information Today, Inc. 23 (3): 31–34. ISSN 1525-2531. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  8. ^ Scardilli, Brandi, ed. (December 22, 2003). "NewsBank Relaunches". NewsBreaks. Information Today. Archived from the original on 2021-06-02.
  9. ^ Islam, Roumeen (2008). Information and public choice: from media markets to policy making. World Bank Publications. p. 75. ISBN 9780821375167. Retrieved October 15, 2011.

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