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"The Newspaper of Record"
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2. Select a database to search, or a library research guide to learn more options.
Polling the Nations is an online database of public opinion polls containing the full text of 500,000 questions and responses from 14,000+ surveys conducted from 1986 through the present in the United States and 100 other countries around the world.
spelling, jargon, name changes, and other problems
If you are coming up with nothing, everywhere you try, it may be useful to use Google Scholar or Wikipedia to "spell-check" for you, and also to give you an idea of some other keywords associated with your event or topic.
You can use a Wiki entry in much the same way as you would an earlier newspaper article--to clue you in to names, dates, places, or other helpful information for your search (also check the Notes at the bottom for government agencies sited and for links to any university or other studies.)
Stay Classic, Olde PittCat!
Every breaking news story begins in the middle. To predict where the story might go tomorrow, it helps to know where it started, and what happened yesterday or last year.
Sometimes you can search a database for topics, events or names, sometimes there will be an index, and sometimes you will need to have a date in mind so you can find the stories on microfilm. You may also want to find comparable stories from other cities, national or international news:
Current local and regional newspaper articles can also guide you to sources for interviews, alert you to when and how to contact city, county or state agencies and officials involved in the story, and lead you to related legislation and elected representatives.
Historical news stories can be a Primary Source when writing about the past. They can also add a deeper background to a current story when it relates to a long-standing group, organization, or institution.
For example, Pittsburgh did not always have a Busway. In fact, we did not always have our current city bus system--you can find out how the Busway and our city bus system came to replace the previous private transit companies, who pushed for those changes (and against them) and why, by going back to the news stories published by various city papers during those years.
This Pitt Library Guide will help you find out what local and regional newspapers we have and how to find them, going back in some cases for 100 years or more: Pittsburgh & Regional Newspapers
NOTE the "Advanced" search link to the right of the search box (Title, Author, other options)
USE the choices on the left of the results screen to limit for format, location, date, more
The Daily Pittsburgh Gazette
Feb 22, 1828 - Jun 27, 1865
Aug 8, 1859 - Dec 31, 1900
The Pittsburgh Commercial
Apr 29, 1859 - May 4, 1965
Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette
Jan 1, 1877 - Nov 23, 1901
The Pittsburgh Daily Commercial
Sep 7, 1863 - Jun 30, 1864
The Pittsburgh Daily Gazette
Mar 29, 1847 - Jun 4, 1872
Pittsburgh Daily Gazette and Advertiser
Feb 24, 1816 - Mar 27, 1847
The Pittsburgh Gazette
Mar 7, 1795 - Nov 12, 1962
Mar 18, 1916 - Sep 28, 2007
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Sun-Telegraph
Jun 1, 1960 - Jun 30, 1960
The Pittsburgh Press
Jul 18, 1819 - Jul 28, 1992