Library Databases

The New York Times Current and Historic Database

screen caption of New York Times DatabaseA few weeks ago I came across a column in the Sunday edition of The New York Times that piqued my interest. The column is called "Sunday Routine," and it essentially describes a normal Sunday from the prospective of a New Yorker.

I was enthralled, even though I had no idea why. I am not from New York, I have only visited once, and who really wants to read about someone's boring Sunday? After reading that days column, I needed more, so I tried to look up past columns. I tried The New York Times site, but it only went back so far. So I decided to comb through the DC Public Library databases to find past columns.

Eventually, I stumbled upon The New York Times Current and Historic Database. This database allows you to search through The New York Times from the present all the way back to 1851. I was able to search specifically for the column I wanted and was able to go back and read the previous 246 columns published. I would not have been able to do this without using the free resources provided to me by my public library system.

In addition, the library also offers The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Postand a wide range of various other newspaper publications.

-- Justin