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Library Resources for Studying Current Events

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Find current and back issues of newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street Journal, the Hartford CourantTime magazine, and The Week.

Taft Online Subscription Databases

  • Access World News Full-text current and archived articles from thousands of international, national, regional, and local news sources. Check the Quick Links box on the right for Special Reports, Hot Topics, and Daily Headlines and Activities.
  • Country Reports Need the latest news from a country? Search for a country of interest and look for "Current Events - News" in the left sidebar. CR contains more than 35,000 pages of cultural, historical and statistical information content on the countries of the world.
  • Issues & Controversies Provides extensive coverage of hundreds of today's hot topics. 
  • New York Times Full-text coverage from 1980 up to today's news.
  • ResearchIT CT Newstand   Search the following full text newspapers individually or together: Christian Science Monitor (1988-current); Hartford Courant (1764 - 1922 and 1992-current); Los Angeles Times (1985-current); New York Times (1980-current); Wall Street Journal (1984-current); Washington Post (1987-current). 



Wikipedia's general disclaimer: "Wikipedia cannot guarantee the validity of the information found here. The content of any given article may recently have been changed, vandalized or altered by someone whose opinion does not correspond with the state of knowledge in the relevant fields."

  • All Sides is a news website that presents news from all sides of the political spectrum in order to provide the full scope of news reporting. Choose the Topics tab for topics and issues in the news. The Allsides Bias Ratings page allows you to filter a list of news sources by bias (liberal left, center, conservative right).
  • Best News Websites for Students Includes a number of free websites for grades 6-12.
  • HeadlineSpot A portal to thousands of online news resources, arranged by media type, region, subject, and opinion.
  • To find reliable websites:
    • SweetSearch, A Search Engine for Students searches only credible websites approved by research experts. Note: Ignore first group of results labeled Ad 
    • Limit your search to reliable domains by including the phrase site:gov OR site:edu : .gov for U.S. government agencies and .edu for educational institutions in the U.S.  
      • For example, to search for information on the border wall with Mexico from U.S. government websites or U.S. universities:                                                

Creating Your Bibliography

A statement from MIT Libraries on why we cite our sources: To show your reader you've done proper research by listing sources you used to get your information. To be a responsible scholar by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas. To avoid plagiarism by quoting words and ideas used by other authors. To allow your reader to track down the sources you used by citing them accurately in your paper by way of footnotes, a bibliography or reference list.

You can use Bibme, an electronic citation generator, to create your MLA citations. Note: Most of our Online Subscription Databases provide a citation you can copy and paste into your bibliography if your teacher says you may do this.

  • To cite a newspaper or magazine article found in a print copy of a paper or magazine, choose Newspaper article or Magazine article and Manual entry mode and In print.
  • To cite a newspaper or magazine article found in a Taft online subscription database: choose Newspaper article or Magazine article and Manual entry mode and Online database.
  • To cite a newspaper or magazine article found online on a website, choose Newspaper article or Magazine article and Manual entry mode and Online.
  • To cite a web page (BBC News, for example), choose Website and Manual entry mode.
  • For source types other than Journal, Website, Book, and Video, choose Other and find your source type in the list.

Tip: Create your citations and save them in a Word document or a Google Doc. You can add more sources to your bibliography by copying and pasting new citations into your existing bibliography.


Updated 7/2019