This is the first in a monthly series of reviews and recommendations of different electronic resources available through the Library and through the Internet. I use sources like this everyday answering reference questions here at EPL and you might also find them interesting and useful. I’ve been doing a similar series at our monthly staff meeting for the past year and I thought it might be time to share some of these ideas with our patrons.
This month I thought I would cover online newspapers. Many people read the newspaper online, including myself. There are also databases of older historical newspapers. Most of these are available in full-text, meaning that you can read the whole article online. Here are the basics:
Lancaster Newspaper Database/Proquest Database
These include the Lancaster New Era/Intel and Sunday News, in full text, dating back to approximately 1995. This is available through the ProQuest database that Library System of Lancaster County subscribes to. It is available at http://online.lancasterlibraries.org.
Just put your Lancaster County library barcode number in at the top and scroll down to the Proquest database.
You can search news websites, including Newspapers, through Google News. Some of these papers are fee based. It is available at http://news.google.com. There are older newspapers available through Google Newspapers. It is available at http://news.google.com/newspapers. The Reading Eagle is available through Google Newspapers.
Other Local Papers
The Ephrata Review has a website where they post select articles. It is available at http://www.ephratareview.com.
Most of the larger surrounding communities have newspapers with websites. Far and away my favorite is the Harrisburg Patriot’s Pennlive (http://www.pennlive.com). They do a lot of regional and breaking news. Lancaster Newspapers website is called LancasterOnline (http://www.lancasteronline.com)
There are other historical local papers that are available online through the following links:
AccessPA Digital Repository/LancasterHistory.org Collection: http://www.accesspadigital.org/slchs/slchs.htm
Lancaster County Digitization Project: http://lcdp.wetpaint.com/
Pennsylvania Civil War Newspapers:
The New Holland Clarion, available on the AccessPA Digital Repository, is the paper that I have used the most since it is the closest. It ranges from 1873 to 1950 and is full text searchable.
Most newspapers have Apps that allow you to read their content from your mobile device or tablet. I read Pennlive, LancasterOnline, the Hanover Evening Sun, the Carlisle Sentential, and AP Mobile almost daily on my IPhone.
If you have any questions regarding these resources please feel free to contact me at the Library or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keith L Greenawalt, Reference Librarian