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Accessing the New York Times

In 2011, the New York Times began charging for unlimited access to its online content on its website and mobile applications.  (Announcement from the New York Times)  University of Oregon users can continue to get online access to current Times content  through the following resources, provided by the University of Oregon Libraries:

  • Factiva offers quick browsing of text versions of the current day's edition. Directions: In the "Free Text" search box, enter sn=New York Times. Change "Date" to "In the last day." Click on "Run Search." Your results appear 100 stories to a page. You can limit results in the left-hand "Discovery Pane."
  • LexisNexis offers full text searching of the Times from 1980 to the present. Directions: In "Specify Date," change to "Today." Click on "Search."

In addition, the UO Libraries continue to subscribe to the print edition of the New York Times. These issues -- going back several months -- are located in the Knight Library, second floor, in the center of the Quiet Area. New York Times issues are shelved along with current issues of the Wall Street Journal, Oregonian, and the (Eugene) Register-Guard.


New York Times FAQ


Q. What are my options for accessing the New York Times?
A. The Times allows users to access up to 10 articles on its website per month with no cost. The Top News section will remain free on smartphone and tablet apps. Beyond that, digital subscriptions are required. Subscribers to the print newspaper get free access via and smartphone and tablet apps.See the Times digital subscription page for details.

Q. Do I have to wait to read Times articles in Factiva and LexisNexis?
A. Times articles appear in Factiva and LexisNexis the same day they are published in the paper. 

Q. Is everything that's available on the site available in the library databases?
A. Factiva and LexisNexis provide only the text of Times articles.  Times photos, videos, and multimedia are not available in these databases.

Q. Is this going to happen with other newspapers? If it does, will I have access to content from those papers, too?
A. Everyone's going to be watching what happens with the Times, but many think it's inevitable that other newspapers will start charging for content. LexisNexis and Factiva carry many other major (and not so major) newspapers. 

Retrospective Coverage of the New York Times

  • ProQuest Historic New York Times from 1851 to four years ago.
  • The UO Libraries Microforms unit has microfilm of the New York Times (Late Edition) from 1851-2009 and digital microfilm from 2008 to approximately two months ago. A print index covers the years from 1851-1996 and is located at the south end of the Reference Collection (REF KNIGHT AI 21 .N44). This print source indexes both the Late Edition (L) and National Edition (N). 


Latest revision September 2013 by Paul Frantz
Created by pfrantz on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Jul 31, 2014
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