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The Albion Monitor has published over 12,000 articles since 1995, particularly news under-reported by the mainstream press with an emphasis on U.S. and international policy, environmental, human rights, health risks, and media criticism. The default search covers the entire archive, but may be slow when searching for common names. Google and other popular search engines are also available, but none of these cover more than a portion of the full material in the archives.

CNN often has complete transcripts of programs. Yahoo News is a good quick source for news in the seven days, with most of Reuters, UPI, and other newswires. The last two weeks of the Associated Press can be searched, but all of the wire service results are also included in NewsTrove and Google News, which cover thousands of news publications worldwide -- but can provide TOO MUCH information (sometimes hundreds of copies of the same wire service stories).

For comprehensive research, the New York Times offers the best news archive on the Internet, with articles going back to 1851. There is a fee of about $3 per individual article, with discounts for buying several articles. The Boston Globe and other newspapers have archives available for about the same cost, but none have articles more than 25 years old. Archives of regional newspapers and news wires are available, but slightly more expensive. Also useful is the Television News Archive at Vanderbilt University, which has videotapes of almost all TV news programs (including specials) since 1968 -- 725,000 of them, at latest count. Many abstracts of these programs are on-line and can be searched. Registration is required, but free.

Exciting new tools can graphically display coverage of today's current events. Newsmap takes headlines collected by Google and uses size, shape, and color to indicate how much coverage each story receives. News junkies may find In The News even more interesting, with its ability to compare coverage of any topic over the last week. Both require up-to-date versions of Flash for your web browser.