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Tips for Searching the News

Use key words to search, not full sentences:  “Supreme Court” AND "Obama care" not how did the Supreme Court rule on Obama care?

Using several key words or phrases: Place each entry in a separate box or separate by Boolean operators. Don’t string them together all on one line as you would in Google.

 Put phrases in quotation marks:  "left wing"  "media violence"  "gun control"  "distracted driving"  "tea party"

Truncation: Add an asterisk * to the end of a term to retrieve results with multiple endings. For example: ethic* will retrieve records for ethic, ethics, ethical, ethicist

Boolean Operators can help you expand or narrow your search:

  • AND: (“abortion clinics” AND Texas) Narrows your search so that only records containing both search terms come back to you.
  •  OR: ("capital punishment" OR "death penalty") Broadens your search so that all records containing the term capital punishment as well as all records containing the term death penalty come back to you.
  • NOT: ("Hillary Clinton" NOT Benghazi) Narrows your search so that you get records about Hillary Clinton but none about Benghazi.

Five National Papers

Six Local Papers

  • LaCrosse Tribune
    Provides local Wisconsin as well as national and international news.  Online version of print newspaper. Use the search box in the upper right hand corner for archival stories (goes back to 2005). See About Us for more information about the paper.
     
  • MinnPost
    "MinnPost is a nonprofit, nonpartisan enterprise whose mission is to provide high-quality journalism for news-intense people who care about Minnesota."  Online presence only. Covers local, national, and international news stories.  Use the search box in the upper right hand corner for archival stories (goes back to 2008). See About Us for more information about the paper.
     
  • Rochester Post Bulletin
    "The Post-Bulletin is the largest evening newspaper in the state and the largest daily newspaper in southeastern Minnesota." Online version of print newspaper. Emphasis is on local and regional stories, but some national news also available.  Use the search box in the upper right hand corner for archival stories (goes back to  2013).  See About Us for more information about the paper.
     
  • Winona Daily News
    Focus is on local and regional news with some coverage of national news. Online version of print newspaper.Use the search box in the upper right hand corner for archival stories (goes back to 2005).Winona
     
  • Winona Post
    Winona's twice weekly paper with a focus on local and regional news.  Online version of the print newspaper. Archival stories back to 2003.
     
  • Wisconsin State Journal
    Online version of print newspaper published in Madison, WI. Focus is on state news stories with some national coverage.  Archive search available.

 

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