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Guardian and Observer launch online archive - Free access
Guardian and Observer launch online archive - Free access

Guardian and Observer launch online archive - Free access

Every edition of the Guardian and Observer newspapers is to be made available via a newly launched online digital archive.

The first phase of the Guardian News & Media archive, containing the Guardian from 1821 to 1975 and The Observer from 1900 to 1975, will launch on November 3.

It contains exact replicas of the original newspapers, both as full pages and individual articles, is fully searchable and viewable at guardian.co.uk/arc…ive.

Sign in or register as an existing user, enter ARCHIVEFREE in the discount box and get 24 hours FREE access.

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this looks great.

Ace, thanks - heated and repped!:thumbsup:

Many public libraries subscribe to the Times Digital Archive that covers the Times from 1785 to 1985 and some allow access from home or work via the library website provided you have a current library ticket. Most also subscribe to Thompson Gale's Infotrac or a similar product. This database has full text of articles from most of the major UK newspapers from circa 1998 onwards (including Guardian and Observer) and full text of Times from 1985 onwards - so that effectively you would have access for this newspaper from 1785 to today.

If you havent looked at your library website lately to see what electronic databases are on offer, you might get a nice suprise. Expect to see at least some of the following: encylopaedias to help with the children's homework, specialist databases for art and music, business and market research, British Standards, Ancestry for family history, Dictionary of National Biography and Who's Who!

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Thanks for the feedback moneylover. I certainly have nothing against libraries and it useful to know that libraries provide the online services you mention. The problem, however, is that these services are rarely publicised and I could not see from my local libraries website how these services could be easily accessed. Presumably, I would have to physically visit a library and join up? unlike this one for the Guardian newspaper which is accessible at any time from anywhere. In addition, it looks like Infotrac offers a text only service as opposed to this archive, which displays the article as it appeared in the paper – pictures included (granted, not always good quality).

Anyway, jeee wiz moneylover…a cold vote? My first ever post too. Its obvious that I still have some learning to do about what makes a good deal on this site.
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