Newspapers – source of local and regional news and media sources may be easier when the News and Newspaper Subject Guide is consulted – knowing when to search the databases such as America's Newspapers (formerly known as Newsbank) or Nexis Uni (the General tab directs searches to all news & media publications; and NEWS indexes newspapers) or the Los Angeles Times (for 1985+ coverage in all editions; and 1881-1986 archive ) in all editions provides access to the full run of online content compared to when one searches just the newspaper website for a short finite, and usually very current segment. All UCI students can register for a free digital edition of the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times, as major enhancements have been made to each and you can read on all your devices. Major area papers in Orange County are:
Other California Newspapers are easily found on the News & Newspaper - California Guide
Historical newspapers also available on microfilm in addition to what is at http://www.lib.uci.edu/online/news.html#histnews
You should consult the News & Newspapers Subject Guide for additional information about our holdings and other databases. In the LL Current Periodicals Room, one can find current issues. Older runs are available on Microfilm at the Science Library Grand Reading Room. Indexes are noted as part of the website.
Increasingly, blog literature is a source that informs a lot about public opinion on many of these topics. Finding appropriate Blogs is not so easy but try -
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