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Contemporary Social Welfare Policies: Getting the News

This guide focuses on resources that you can use when seeking information on social welfare policies and issues since the 1930s.

Why Newspapers?

Newspapers allow you to keep up with current issues and events. You can also use historical newspapers to find out how issues and events were reported during a specific time in history.

Getting the News

Today's News

Many newspapers allow you to register and receive free access to at least a portion of that day's published articles.

The New York Times
The Washington Post
The Star-Ledger

Access World News
Access to the full text of over 600 U.S. and over 700 international newspapers. Includes access to the Newark Star-Ledger back to 1989.
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access

Westlaw Campus Research
"News" portion indexes the full text of many newspapers including The New York Times, Boston Globe, and the Atlanta Journal and Constitution.
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access

Factiva
A vast archive which includes the full-text of 8,000 leading newspapers, magazines, trade journals, newsletters, and television and radio transcripts. Ten to twenty year+ backfile for many titles.
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access.

Historical Accounts

Historical New York Times
Allows you to search and display the full image of articles published in the New York Times back to 1851. The three+ most recent years are not included; use Westlaw Campus Research to find more recent articles.
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access.

Historical Washington Post
Search and display the full image of articles published in the Washington Post between 1877 and 1993.
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access.