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Mar 05 2022 - 08:00 AM
Using News and Law Databases


Are you looking for historical or current newspaper articles or legal information, including cases, statutes and court rules, regulations, administrative decisions and guidance, secondary sources, briefs, or proposed and enacted legislation?

Whether you are interested in databases that pertain to journalism or looking into legalities in education or related areas, this guide offers key resources available through the Gottesman Libraries, as well as Columbia University.

  • Factiva provides access to global news and business information, including local newspapers, same-day newswires, company reports, and media programs. Provides company information including market data and competitors.

  • Gale Academic OneFile provides millions of articles from over 17,000 scholarly journals and other authoritative sources—including thousands of podcasts and transcripts from NPR and CNN as well as videos from BBC Worldwide Learning.

  • Index of Legal Periodicals Retrospective: 1908-1981 is a retrospective database that indexes over 750 legal periodicals published in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Content is also drawn from 38 printed compendia, which provides access to approximately 540,000 records. Coverage also includes: annual surveys of laws by jurisdiction; annual surveys of federal court cases; yearbooks and annual institutes. "Subjects Covered: Administrative Law, Antitrust Legislation, Banking, Constitutional Law, Domestic Relations, Environmental Protection, Estate Planning, Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law, International Law, Labor Law, Landlord/Tenant Decisions, Malpractice Suits, Minorities, Multinational Corporations, Negligence, Non-Profit Corporations, Occupational Health & Safety, Politics, Probate, Products Liability, Public Law, Real Property, Securities, Tax Law, Trade Regulation."

  • Nexis Uni is an interdisciplinary, full-text database of over 18,000 sources including newspapers, journals, wire services, newsletters, company reports and SEC filings, case law, government documents, transcripts of broadcasts, and selected reference works.

  • Proquest Historical Newspapers offers full-text and full-image articles from major American newspapers: Atlanta Constitution, Baltimore Sun (1837-1985), Boston Globe, Call and Post (1934-1991), Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor (1908-1997), Irish Times (1859-2009), Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003), Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001), San Francisco Chronicle (1865-1922), Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Scotsman (1817-1950) every page in PDF files.

  • Proquest Congressional indexes information produced by or pertaining to the United States Congress from 1789 to the present. Provides full text for many titles, generally from the early 1990's to the present. Includes bills, laws, legislative histories, committee prints, House and Senate documents and reports, the Congressional Record, Code of Federal Regulations, and Federal Register. Includes full text of Congressional Research Service reports, 1916-present; full text of Congressional hearings, 1824-2003; full text of Committee Prints, 1830-2003; and full text of the Serial Set Collection with Maps, 1789-1969. For a complete description of contents, coverage, and update frequency, consult the online Help section.

  • WestlawNext Campus Research is a database for legal research, providing case summaries and studies, regulations, and more. It includes cases, statutes and court rules, regulations, administrative decisions and guidance, secondary sources, briefs, proposed and enacted legislation, and proposed and adopted regulations. In addition, the database provides access to Federal materials, state materials, and a variety of practice areas (from admiralty and maritime, antitrust, and bankruptcy to real property, securities, and tax).



Try a CLIO search for Databases using "newspapers" as a subject to explore additional resources.


Or a similar Databases' search in CLIO for resources pertaining to Law:


You can also search for newspapers by title in EDUCAT+ or CLIO to see relevant holdings. Here are a few examples:

Chicago Tribune

Christian Science Monitor

New York Times

Wall Street Journal

Of Special Interest:

  • New York State School Finance Reform Archive is an initiative of The Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College. This comprehensive digital archive collects a broad range of documents chronicling the events and school finance issues associated with the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) v. State of New York begun in December of 1999. The archive is a part of the Gottesman Libraries Public Policy Archives Project, and is designed for all visitors interested in school finance, regardless of prior knowledge. For those who would like a basic overview of the CFE case, an explanation of the school budget process in New York State, answers to frequently asked questions about school finance reform, and a glossary of common terminology, please visit the background section to learn more. To start browsing the collection, click on a category on the left menu, a document type on the bar above, or conduct a search. The digital archive also includes Dialogues that provide arguments on different sides of key issues in the school finance debate and a Names and Faces section to learn about the key players in the CFE case.