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Persuasive Writing: ADV 1196

Research help for the course, ADV 1196: Persuasive Writing.

Why Use News?

Newspapers on The Wall Street Journal Rack. Photo by Philip Strong on UnsplashNews sources (newspapers, magazines, news blogs, news broadcasts, news feeds, etc.) are written by reporters and journalists on topics of current interest.

When and Why You Should Use News Sources:

  • You need information on a recent event or topic of interest
  • You need eyewitness accounts of events
  • You need reports on activities of state and local government
  • You need insights into local culture, arts & entertainment
  • You need perspectives from underrepresented groups
  • You need sources that advocate a particular viewpoint or opinion

Remember: Not all news sources are created equal! Some have hidden (or obvious!) motives or political beliefs. Do some background research into who owns the news organization to learn more about it.

Find Newspaper & Magazine Articles in News Databases

Activate Your Free New York Times Account

Photo of laptop with New York Times on screen by Trang Doan.The Library offers access to the The New York Times Online. Temple faculty, staff, and students can register for access using their @temple.edu email address.

  • Unlimited access to the digital edition of The New York Times 
  • Once registered, faculty/staff have four years of full account access, after which they must re-authenticate by visiting accessnyt.com
  • Students have access until 12/31 of their selected graduation year
  • Learn more about Temple's New York Times Online access

Search Tips

  • Place quotation marks around names and phrases. This will force the database to search for those exact words. (ie. "Kamala Harris")
  • Limit your search to a specific region/state/publication (ie. Pennsylvania, The Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • Limit your search to a specific timeframe (ie. past year, past month, 2020-2023)