To Google and Beyond

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 As writers, these printed historical documents can bring a wealth of depth and texture to our storytelling.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:

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:

Elephind:  https://www.elephind.com   On this free website you can access thousands of the world’s historical newspaper archives. Take a few moments to review the “Getting Started” tab at the top to help yourself get the best results.

Elephind: https://www.elephind.com

On this free website you can access thousands of the world’s historical newspaper archives. Take a few moments to review the “Getting Started” tab at the top to help yourself get the best results.

BGSU University US Newspaper Lib Guide:  https://libguides.bgsu.edu/USNewspapersInternet    Due to retirement the BGSU University Newspaper Lib Guide will no longer be updated after June 2019. However, it is an amazing resource for US Newspaper archives. Visit this site today and start to record or bookmark the sites you wish to go back and review.  Here is another link suggested from the lib guid that is excellent, the Ancestor Hunt:  http://www.theancestorhunt.com/newspaper-research-links.html#.XPluLS-ZOqB

BGSU University US Newspaper Lib Guide: https://libguides.bgsu.edu/USNewspapersInternet


Due to retirement the BGSU University Newspaper Lib Guide will no longer be updated after June 2019. However, it is an amazing resource for US Newspaper archives. Visit this site today and start to record or bookmark the sites you wish to go back and review.

Here is another link suggested from the lib guid that is excellent, the Ancestor Hunt: http://www.theancestorhunt.com/newspaper-research-links.html#.XPluLS-ZOqB

Finally, one site that is exceptional is the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America:  https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov     Use Your Local Library:  Don’t forget that your local library will have access to archived newspaper. Even if they do not have access to what you are specifically looking for, they will more than likely be able to gain access to bigger library archives on your behalf.  Your Library Staff will be helpful allies regarding how to access newspapers. I am also certain they will be more than happy to help you with the challenge of researching beyond Google!

Finally, one site that is exceptional is the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov


Use Your Local Library: Don’t forget that your local library will have access to archived newspaper. Even if they do not have access to what you are specifically looking for, they will more than likely be able to gain access to bigger library archives on your behalf.

Your Library Staff will be helpful allies regarding how to access newspapers. I am also certain they will be more than happy to help you with the challenge of researching beyond Google!

Vikki Carter