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News & Current Affairs: Library Databases 

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CQ Researcher
Excellent source for backgrounds on current events and issues. Ten-year cumulation. Print see Ref H35.E355 1991-2013
LexisNexis Academic | Tutorial
In depth coverage of news, business, and legal fields. Full text for more than 5,600 titles
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Good background and/or opinions on issues and controversies. Opposing Viewpoints re-publishes relevant articles, book excerpts, stats, etc.
New York Times Digital Microfilm
From 2008, "The Times" with exact full-image content of every page
World’s largest statistics portal, access to data from over 18,000 sources: government, business, finance, health, demography, etc. in consistent, usable formats. 
New York Times Historical ProQuest
The New York Times (1851-2009) historical edition provides full text, full page, and article-level images  
Chronicling America (Library of Congress)
Library of Congress newspaper project digitizing over 700 U.S. newspapers (up to 1922)   
National Newspapers ProQuest 
Full text for 27 national newspapers.  Much easier to search than Lexis Nexis above although not as many titles covered
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

New York State Newspapers | Tutorial
Content of 15 New York State newspapers 
Newspaper Source | Tutorial
Over 20 national and international newspapers 
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