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News & Current Affairs: Library Databases 

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LexisNexis Academic | Tutorial
Full text for more than 5,600 titles
New York Times Historical ProQuest
The New York Times historical full edition (1851-2010) NYT Digital by date (2008- ) 
National Newspapers ProQuest 
Full text for 27 national newspapers
Newspaper Source | Tutorial
Over 20 national and international newspapers
New York State Newspapers | Tutorial
Content of 15 New York State newspapers 
CQ Researcher
Excellent source for backgrounds on current events and issues 
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Good background and/or opinions on issues and controversies.
World’s largest statistics portal 
Chronicling America (LC)
Library of Congress newspaper project digitizing over 700 U.S. newspapers (up to 1922)   
Facts on File | World News Digest | Tutorial
Authoritative world news from 1940 to the present
Black Newspapers ProQuest 

This database provides indexing and abstracting for nine currently publishing black newspapers from 1989-present
Military & Government Collection
Collection of periodicals, academic journals and other content
Govistics  |  Quick Start PDF
Publicly generated statistics from U.S. states, counties, local communities and school districts, all combined, collated and presented in standardized formats
Biographical Directory of the US Congress
Information about United States Congress, Representatives and Senators 
Earth Trends
From the World Resources Institute
US Government's official web portal
National Newspaper Index
Quick access to the indexing (only) of five top newspapers