Why not just open up your laptop or phone and do a quick search on Google? In our society, Google was added to the Oxford English Dictionary and the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary in the summer of 2006 as it has become a household word for finding any bit of information fast. We have become a culture where we allow a cooperate giant search engine to help obtain information for everything from how to spell correctly to the latest headline news. For Librarians like myself, the easy access to information is appealing but troubling.
Librarians know that not all on the web accessed through search engines such as Google are reliable, relevant, or accurate. The discipline of Information Literacy teaches us to not just Google, but to locate, evaluate, and communicate information ethically and with a bigger scope. For further information on the discipline of Information Literacy, I suggest this Lynda.com course: https://www.lynda.com/Higher-Education-tutorials/Information-Literacy/368046-2.html
With that in mind, I like to challenge authors to not just Google for their writing research. Go beyond the quick and easy. Challenge yourself to explore more reliable resources.
In this blog post I will highlight how to access newspaper archives online as one resource to search beyond Google. In future blog posts I will highlight a different resources.
Newspapers: most of us know that libraries archive local newspapers. As writers, these printed historical documents can bring a wealth of depth and texture to our storytelling.
Did you also know you can access online versions of some of the worlds newspapers. These links below will take you to them. You may need to take a few moments to become familiar with retrieving information on these sites, but the extra time you put into the search could bring a gold mind to your latest researching project: