During the summer the library acquired a new database that allows students, faculty and staff to search and read 34 papers from all over North Carolina. The database, North Carolina Newspapers, offers full text access to papers like Raleigh’s News & Observer, The Charlotte Observer, The Greensboro News & Record, and some smaller newspapers for townships and counties from the mountains to the coast.
Students can now keep up with hometown news, and for assignments, can research local opinions across the state. North Carolina Newspapers also allows the opportunity for professors to build new assignments utilizing this resource. After using this resource in an English class, Jeff Waller, the Head of Research and Instruction, said “There were happy students and professors” since they were finally able to research local news.
The database can be accessed on the library homepage from the Articles and Databases tab and the North Carolina Research Guide. Once in the database you can search by keywords, date, city, or presidential era. The papers offer the most current issues and cover as far back as the last 10-20 years. When a search was conducted for “Meredith College” almost 9,000 results were retrieved. Not only is this excellent source for researching our state, but you can keep up with Meredith College and Alumna news as well. If you have any questions about North Carolina Newspapers, please contact any of the Research and Instruction Librarians at the library. —Submitted by Amanda Sullivan, Research and Instruction Librarian