POLS 155 - American Government: National, State, and Local

Accessing Articles on the Internet

It is often asked why go through the library databases to access articles when there are many articles available on the internet.

For the case of Town Hall, there are specific newspapers and magaznines that your artilcles must come from (listed on your assignment handout).  These sources are reputable, reliable, and authoritative sources of news. 

A few of these publications are availableon the internet, including The New York Times.  Some have limited access and some require a subscription. The library provides access to all of the publications needed for POLS 155 through a library subscription.

It is your decision to use the publications available through the online version or the library version.  Be sure to apply the same standards of evaluation to the online version as to the library version:

  • Has an author
  • Do Not use:
    • Review of a book or movie
    • Op-ed (opinion piece)
    • Editorial
    • Blog
    • Letter to the editor
    • human interest story or profile

 Happy searching. If you have any questions, please contact Reference or Jodi Shepherd.

Description of Sources



*Library access may not include current dates

Available on the Web Notes/focus
New York Times yes Daily National Newspaper
  www.nytimes.com international/east coast/national
Chico News and Review



Weekly News Paper- local
Los Angeles Times Last 30 days Daily National Newspaper
  www.latimes.com/ California/international/national
Sacramento Bee Last 30 days Daily Newspaper
  www.sacbee.com California, Northern California
The Washington Post Last 60 days (free sign in required) Daily National Newspaper
  www.washingtonpost.com/ international; national; political
Christian Science Monitor Yes Daily Online; Weekly Print; News Magazine
  http://www.csmonitor.com/ international, national
Publication Available on the Web Notes/focus
Time Yes Weekly News Magazine
  http://www.time.com/time/ international, national, political, current events
Newsweek Yes Weekly News Magazine
  http://www.newsweek.com/ international, national, political, current events
Economist Last 4 months Weekly News Magazine
  www.economist.com/ international, national, political, financial
Atlantic Monthly Yes Monthly Magazine
  http://www.theatlantic.com/ International/political/current events
National Journal Yes Weekly Magazine
  http://www.nationaljournal.com/njonline/ national politics
CQ Weekly No Weekly Articles
    Capital Hill- congress
Publication Available on the Web Notes/focus
National Public  Yes Daily, Radio Broadcasts and News
Radio (NPR) htt://www.npr.org international, national, political, current events
British Broadcasting Yes Daily, Radio, TV News
Corporation (BBC) http://www.bbc.co.uk/ Based in England, covers international, US, and regional news
Newshour Yes Daily from PBS
With Jim Leher http://www.pbs.org/newshour/ national, political, financial

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