For hundreds of years, newspapers have provided and preserved detailed records of topics, people, institutions, issues and events. Today, a wealth of credible local, regional, national and international newspaper coverage continues to provide people worldwide with access to the essential information they require every day. Consequently, newspaper archives remain among the most widely used resources in all types of libraries, according to usage statistics.
Today, we have a wide range of media options to take advantage of and customize to our situation. But the newspaper media is still having a unique value, even in its all multi-media forms – from daily papers to the robust websites to wireless access to niche pubs to kiosks to even Podcasts. Filled with valuable records, facts, statistics, analysis, references, quotations, lists and much more, newspapers from across town and around the world reflect different experiences, perspectives and bodies of knowledge.
Newspapers provide essential background information and details on who, what, when, where and why. Also, local newspapers from communities directly affected by a particular issue, trend or event often provide the most authoritative coverage, long before and after national or international publications, which may offer valuable “big-picture” analysis. In a nutshell a newspaper is a comprehensive resource for up-to-date news and information.
Issues and events are perceived differently across town, around the country and throughout the world. By accessing newspaper articles from different geographic areas, users are likely to find information reflecting different opinions and experiences. By comparing these varying viewpoints from different regions, researchers are better prepared to form their own educated conclusions.