Search 200+ Years of News & Magazine Articles
The big news today is Google News Archive Search, a searchable archive of articles that, in some cases, date back 200+ years.
Some publishing partners include The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Guardian Unlimited, Factiva, Lexis-Nexis, HighBeam Research and Thomson Gale. See New York Times article for more.
I did a test search for "Wisconsin Law School." The left side bar of the search results page contains a list of dates and publications in which articles were located. I'm a history buff, so I clicked on the "Before 1950" link. One of the more interesting articles is a Time magazine article from 1937 about the dean of the UW Law School, "good-natured, baldish, ruddy-cheeked Lloyd Kirkham Garrison."
On the right, you can select "show timeline" to have the articles sorted by date. However, I found that the list of articles it produced was only a very small portion of the total articles.
Yeah - this is really cool, but the downside is that many of the articles you find are fee-based and come from multiple vendors. Before you go opening your wallet, write down the citation and see if the article is available elsewhere - i.e. your local library.
Thanks to my colleague, Eric Taylor, for the tip about Google News Archive Search.