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ENVI 229: Environmental History: News and Opinion

Environmental History
Professor: Laura Martin
Fall 2023

Local News (Williamstown area)

To find print, microfilm, and online editions of local newspapers in our collections, use the Browse search function of the library catalog. Choose to search by Subject and enter the following pattern:

Town/County (State abbreviation) -- Newspapers 


Note: the date listed in the catalog record is the year the newspaper began publishing.

If you know the title of the newspaper you want, do a Browse search by Title. Watch out for changes in the title over time; there will be a different catalog record for each time the title changes.

Newspaper Databases

Best Bets

Opinion Polls

The Williams Record

The Williams Record is the official student newspaper at Williams College. Indexes and complete print sets of this publication are available in Sawyer Reference and Special Collections (call number: LH1.W5 W53).  For assistance using the index or print volumes, Ask A Librarian or contact Special Collections. For a digitized version, see the link below.

Research Tip: Searching Newspapers

Searching Full-text Newspapers

  • Think like a journalist. What words would they use?
  • Use the vocabulary in use at the time. (e.g., Negroes instead of African American)
  • Combine synonyms with OR to increase results. (e.g., conservatives OR right-wing)
  • Use the asterisk (*) to get multiple endings of a word. (e.g., integrat* for integrate, integration, integrating, etc.)
  • To get words closer together, use proximity operators. (See the database's help page for correct syntax.)
  • Limit your search to "abstract" or "citation and abstract" (if available) to get more precise results.

Research Tip: Find Text Button

The Find Text Button

Many of our databases have this SFX Find Text Button button, which searches for the full-text of the article in our collections. If we don't have it electronically, look for the "Request article scan" link in the "Get It" section.

screenshot of Get It section with link

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