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Current Events


The Current Events guide is intended to highlight resources available to you through Geisel Library and the Internet for current events research. This guide will highlight resources around the globe that are available in English. Traditional news media as well as new media, including streaming video and blogs, will be highlighted.

In addition to using the resources listed on this guide make sure to also use the resources listed on our Newspapers Guide. The Newspapers Guide will highlight resources that we have in the Library for traditional print news media.


News Databases Available Through Geisel Library

ProQuest Newsstand
An online collection of over 850 full text international, national, and regional newspapers. Titles of note include, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and The Guardian.

LexisNexis Academic
LexisNexis is an essential database for the research of current events issues. Containing international, national, state, and local newspapers Lexis Nexis allows you to get a global perspective on your topic. This database also serves as the sole access point for broadcast transcripts from major news organizations including: ABC News, Al Jazeera, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, NBC, and NPR, among others.

Newspaper Source
Get full-text articles from several national and international newspapers (including USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The Times-London, etc.) and select full-text access to more than 200 regional U.S. newspapers (including The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, and The Detroit Free Press, etc.).

Academic Search Premier
Academic Search Premier indexes articles from a number of popular magazines including, Time, The Atlantic Monthly, and Newsweek making this an excellent resource to access information published by the popular press. Scholarly articles will be inter-filed with your search results; to limit your search results to only popular magazine titles select "Periodical" in the "Publication Type" limiter box.


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Online News Aggregators

All Africa
Gathering together news on issues affecting the continent of Africa, All Africa allows you to search for information by keyword, topic, or country. Click on "Content Providers" to see a list of news organizations that All Africa pulls its content from; feel free to explore the websites of their content providers to get a complete picture of current events in Africa.

Google News
Google News locates news articles that have been published by online news organizations within the past 30 days. If you want to locate articles that are more than 30 days old, click on "Advanced News Search" and then select the "Archive Search" link. The Archive Search will pull up articles that are available for a fee as well as those that are freely available on the Internet - never purchase an article found on the Internet, always check with a Reference Librarian to see if the article can be located in Geisel Library's print or electronic collection or through Interlibrary Loan.

Newseum: Today's Front Pages
View the front pages of printed newspapers throughout the United States and the world. Viewing front pages will help you get an idea of how important a particular issue is to a specific region or country.

Based in the United Kingdom, NewsNow allows you to access Internet press clippings and real time news. Aggregated news reflects worldwide developments; you can search the site by keyword or browse by topic or geographic region.

World News Network
The World News Network pulls articles from a variety of web-based news sources. You can search the site by keyword, geographic region, or topic. To search for archived articles click on the "Search Archives" link.

WorldPress pulls news from all non-U.S. countries. In addition to pulling stories written by other news organizations WorldPress does produce some original content.


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Major News Organization Websites

Use the following links to access the online portals to major news organizations. A number of these sites will have streaming video content freely available. To search through the transcripts of programs on the networks listed below use LexisNexis and limit your search to the broadcast transcript category.

ABC News
United States

Al Balwaba
Middle East
Transcripts not available on LexisNexis

Al Jazeera
Middle East

BBC News
United Kingdom
Transcripts not available on LexisNexis

CBC News
Transcripts not available on LexisNexis

CBS News
United States

United States

United States

Deutsche Welle
Transcripts not available on LexisNexis

Fox News
United States

United States

United States

Reuters AlertNet
United States
Transcripts not available on LexisNexis

Voice of America
United States
Transcripts not available on LexisNexis


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Radio News

The following links will bring you to the websites of news organizations that contain a significant amount of streaming audio content. The availability of archived content as well as search capabilities will vary from site to site.


Deutsch Welle Radio on Demand

New Hampshire Public Radio

Radio Free Europe

WBUR: Boston Public Radio


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TV News Media Search Engines

Use the following search engines to locate streaming video content from major new organizations. As in the case of YouTube, some news organizations will have their own "channels" on these sites. After searching the sites below, try searching the resources listed in the "Major News Organization Websites" section to search for streaming video content made available directly on news organization websites.

YouTube News Channels

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Use the following search engines to locate blogs on your current events topic. All of the search engines listed below allow you to search for blogs by keyword as well as by subject area. Make sure to use the available advanced search features to narrow your search results.



Google Blog Search

Blog Search Engine


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The resources listed below are only a sampling of the resources that you can use to locate freely available podcasts on your topic. Some of the resources listed are search engines to podcasts while others are links to podcasts made freely available to listeners on news organization websites.

CNN Audio & Video Pocasts

NPR Podcast Directory

NYTimes Podcasts

Podcast Alley

Podcast Blaster: Directory


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Survey Resources

Survey resources will help you understand how the public perceives current event issues. Topics covered in the resources listed below include: job approval ratings of government officials and governing bodies, opinions on social issues such as same-sex marriage and immigration, and society's views on religion.

Gallup Brain
Use Gallup Brain to access "125,000 questions and responses from more than 3.5 million people interview by The Gallup Poll since 1935." Gallup Brain also contains Gallup documents - survey analysis that is published in Gallup Poll Tuesday Briefing and Gallup Management Journal. Gallup Brain supplements other Gallup publications owned or made accessible by Geisel Library.
Access restricted to Saint Anselm College community.

Pew Research Center
The Pew Research Center conducts and publishes surveys and social science research in a number of areas including: media, politics, demographics, culture, and societal attitudes. To view their research, search the site by topic or publication name.


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