Search Google News Archives Full Text for Free

When I was presenting on “Killer Research Tools” at the Google Teacher Academy in London, Googler Dana Nguyen asked me why I didn’t include Google News Archive Search. I responded, “because I don’t like it.” Naturally, Dana used to work on that project… and was gracious enough to show me the light. In short, I didn’t like it because so many of the archived articles cost money from various services. But, it turned out millions of articles were archived full text by Google and are freely available – if you know where to look. Like so many great Google features, this one was well buried, so I created a screencast to capture what Dana showed me right away.

As always, let me know what you think… and if you’ve used this in a clever way with students… or if you know any similar tricks. :)

3 Responses to “Search Google News Archives Full Text for Free”

  1. Cassidy Napoli Says:

    It’s possible in Firefox to add a bookmark with a keyword for this search. Then you just type your keyword and then search terms into the address bar to search directly.
    For example, with my bookmark, I can type:
    GAS abraham lincoln
    to get directly to the news archive search results.
    This is the url you must bookmark:

    http://news.google.com/archivesearch?q=%s+source%3A%22google+news+archive%22&btnG=Search+Archives&num=10&hl=en&ned=us&scoring=a

    The URL has a special character pair: %s that tells firefox where to substitute your search query into the request. After the bookmark is set up it is important to change it’s properties to add a keyword. I used GAS for Google Archive Search, the word is entirely up to you.

  2. Cassidy Napoli Says:

    Also, I think this works in other browsers, but I’m not overly familiar with the setup process for search keyword bookmarks on other browsers.

  3. ktenkely Says:

    I haven’t ever used this great feature of Google but like you I have been shown the light.