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Research Database Updates

   Thursday, January 10th, 2008 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

There were two recent changes to the research databases provided by the Chelmsford Library:

New Historical Newspaper Database
Access NewspaperARCHIVE logoThe library has just signed up with the Access NewspaperARCHIVE database, which provides access to over 2000 newspapers from all over the world. Some of the newspapers date back to the 1700s, which means this is a great resource for students and others looking for primary sources.

This database is accessible from within the library only, and patrons can browse by location, date, or newspaper title. What you'll find are the front pages of most major and many minor newspapers, just like they appeared when they were originally published.

All of the newspapers are saved as PDF files, and require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them. And like other PDFs, they can be easily printed, saved or emailed.

New Interface for NewsBank Newspapers
NewsBank logoThe NewsBank databases (Chelmsford Independent, Lowell Sun, New York Times) have a brand new interface designed to significantly enhance the searching experience. A few of the improvements allow patrons to more easily:

  • refine searches for more relevant returns
  • limit searches by article word count to filter out news briefs and minor articles
  • refine results and pinpoint articles by title, date, source type and geographic location
  • display topic and events results over time
  • print, email or cite articles with an improved toolbox

For help using either of these databases, or for questions on any of the resources offered by the Chelmsford Library, please contact the Reference Desk.

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Read the Chelmsford Independent Online

   Saturday, September 29th, 2007 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford Independent mastheadIn addition to reading a print copy every Thursday, there are two other ways to access the Chelmsford's newspaper, the Chelmsford Independent.

Chelmsford Independent's Website
The Chelmsford Independent is online at http://www.townonline.com/chelmsford/. All the sections of the printed paper are available, plus extras such as blogs, current weather, email alerts, and a keyword search. Top stories are also available via rss (click for feedR.S.S. icon).

Chelmsford Independent Database
The Chelmsford Library subscribes to an online database archive of the Chelmsford Independent. This database is available through the Library's Reference website, and covers from 12/2005 to present. This database can be searched by keyword or browsed by date, and is available from within the Library, your home computer, or any other computer with internet access.

For older issues, the Library has a microfilm archive of the Chelmsford Independent from 1986 to present. We also have the Chelmsford Newsweekly, from 1940-1993. The microfilm is located on the lower level of the library, near the Reference Desk.

For more information, or help with their website, please contact the Chelmsford Independent. For assistance using any of these resources, please contact the Library's Reference Desk.

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