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November 2002 Web News
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Favorite Web Sites: News/Current Events

The web sites featured this month have been critically evaluated and selected by the IU Northwest librarians as well as a group of academic and public librarians across the United States who compile a yearly Best Free Reference Web Sites List  for the American Library Association. Here is a list of selection criteria initially created by the MARS Best Free Websites Task Force to choose these sites. The Library hopes our readers will find these web sites useful for locating reliable, accurate and authoritative information on the Internet. AJR Newslink provides "18,000 links to newspapers, magazines, broadcasters and news services worldwide." This joint venture of American Journalism Review and NewsLink Associates which was recently made into two separate sites has a section called "Digital Feed" (which includes online-only columns by new-media experts and original content of special interest to readers of online news) and a section titled "Bylines" (to update the journalism community on personnel changes.) This site is a must for journalists, news junkies, communication students, reference librarians and those who simply want to stay in touch through their hometown newspaper. The very comprehensive "Resources" section includes links to journalism organizations, publishers and academic resources, new-media newsletters, media reports and marketing research, WWW Search tools, and starting points for journalists including broadcasting and photojournalism. This is an impressive gateway site to everything related to journalism.(Summary used by permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee) The electronic version of the Chicago Tribune provides the latest local, national and world news as well as comprehensive sports, weather and business sections which are updated regularly throughout the day. In order for the user to access all reports and features available on the web site, one is required to register with a free user name and password. This allows you to customize your news interests through a My News section as well as retrieve full-text articles posted within the last seven days. CNN is probably familiar to most cable television viewers as one of the major news & information sources rivaling the major networks. Now it has also become a mainstay of the Internet news world providing frequently updated news on the local, national, and international news fronts. The site is well organized and easy to use. The home page provides a list of top stories or the news seeker short on time can go straight to the Headline News section. Users can also go to an index of topical sections to browse current news or may choose to do a keyword search on a particular section or the whole site. It's possible to listen to CNN live or view daily video features from this site. For more in-depth coverage, provides access to CNNSI (Sports Illustrated), CNNFN (Financial News), the CNN weather service, and AllPolitics (a collaboration with Time). (Summary used by permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee) The electronic version of the New York Times is the most in-depth online newspaper on the web today. Updated frequently throughout the day, the New York Times' web site offers comprehensive and detailed coverage on the most important national and international news, business, technology, sports and the arts. Users are required to register for free in order to access all information provided by the site. This registration also allows you to access the newspaper's web archives for over 500,000 articles dating back to January 1996. Full-text articles published within the past seven days can be accessed for free. Articles posted after one week provide the user with an abstract only. However, these articles can be found at the IU Northwest Library in paper or on microfilm. Registered users can also sign up to receive e-mail updates on specific topics such as new books, breaking news or today's headlines. This site covers world newspapers online and news sites in English and also links to selected online magazines arranged under broad subject. According to its creators, "this non-profit and non-partisan web site was initiated by the group of freelance journalists to provide our colleagues as well as readers worldwide with reliable information about international news sources," a key goal being to provide access to current resources around the world  not included in similar sites. Online newspapers are listed by country under region.  Annotated lists of selected news sources are also included under broad categories such
as world news, business, Internet, sports, weather, news photos, personalized news (including news by email), and alternative news. (Summary used by permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee)

Locate Different Perspectives on Controversial Topics With Opposing Viewpoints

Need to find differing opinions on controversial topics such as legalized gambling and stem cell research? Try using Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Produced by the Gale Group, this online resource provides a complete one-stop tool for information on a myriad of social issues taken from the noteworthy social issues series published by Greenhaven Press as well as core reference content from other Gale and Macmillan publications.

At the web site's main menu, users can search by keyword by typing specific terms in the dialog box conveniently located at the top of the screen or select from a list of nearly 70 subjects ranging from abortion to youth. Search results allow the user to access viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary sources, links to evaluated web sites and full-text journal and newspaper articles.

To access Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center from IU Northwest campus computers ONLY, go to . When using IU Northwest Library Reference Department online catalog workstations, choose Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center from the pull-down menu under Other Resources and click Go.

The Amadeus Business Database Provides Information on 200,000 European Companies

The IU Northwest Library recently subscribed to the Amadeus business database. This online tool contains detailed information on 200,000 public and private companies in 34 European countries. Up to 10 years of detailed information (consolidated statements are also provided when available) in a standardized financial format comprising of 22 balance sheet items, 23 profit and loss account items and 25 ratios. The descriptive information features national identification number, address, telephone and fax number, web site, legal form, year of incorporation, senior managers, auditors, number of employees, quoted/unquoted indicator, industry and activity codes and when available, a trade description in the local language and English.

To access Amadeus from IU Northwest campus computers ONLY, go to or from the IU Northwest reference online catalog workstations, choose Amadeus from the pull-down menu under Other Databases and click Go. At the next screen, a company name can be entered in the search box provided. Users can also search by industry text, industry browse codes, country, operating revenue/turnover and number of employees by choosing the appropriate tab at the top of the menu. Recently Added to the IU Northwest Library's Electronic Journal Collection now joins the growing list of electronic journal databases available at the IU Northwest Library. This full-text online journal resource provides access to over 5,400 electronic journals on a variety of subjects ranging from aerospace to veterinary science. Here is a sampling of journals available in that may interest IU Northwest students, faculty and staff.
  • American Journal of Family Therapy
  • American Sociologist
  • Bulletin of Hispanic Studies Film Quarterly
  • International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
  • Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing
  • Journal of Clinical Child Psychology
  • Journal of Community Health Nursing
  • Journal of Education Policy
  • Journal of Academic Librarianship
  • Nineteenth Century Literature
  • Research Strategies
  • Religion and American Culture
  • Social Problems
  • Sociological Quarterly
  • TDR/The Drama Review

To use from IU Northwest campus computers ONLY, go to . At the main menu, click Online Journals. The next screen allows the user to browse by research journal title and view its table of contents. Users also have the option to perform a basic or advanced keyword search to retrieve journal articles on a specific topic.

, Library News Web Editor