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Friday, September 8, 2006

New: Google News Archive Search

Posted by @ 1:09 am

Want to find out what the newspaper headlines said 200 years ago? Then the new Google News Archive Search is the place to go. Google News Archive Search includes 200 years of historical content and many sources that weren’t previously accessible via search.

Google has managed to make all this content accessible by partnering with major newspapers (like the New York Times) and content aggregators like Factiva or Thomson Gale. You can search for this historical information by either doing a regular search on Google, in Google News or in the new Google News Archive Search page.

The results have a similar look to the Google news results, but you can have the results displayed in a timeline view or search by specific periods listed in the left-hand side bar. In the left hand side bar, a little arrow icon points out any time periods in which many events of importance took place. For example, type in “Winston Churchill” and you’ll see the arrow next to the period 1940-1942, the time in which Churchill became Prime Minister and made his most important speeches around the time the Battle of Britain was raging.

Some of the content is not free – you might have to pay access fees once you arrive at the publishers’ or aggregators’ sites if you want to read the full text. This is a very exciting tool for history buffs … but maybe not quite that exciting for everyone else.

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