Google Introduces News Archive Search

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Google has been more than just a search engine for a long time now. Just look at the recent roster of fabulous services and software housed under its banner: Gmail, the Google Pack, free Internet, the Gdrive, Google Toolbar, book downloads, a search engine for the blind, spreadsheets, free web hosting, and more.

And that's only a small sampling of the many pies Google has gotten a slice of.

Now the House of G is adding something new to its proverbial plate, thousands upon thousands of newspapers, magazines, and publications are now at your fingertips with the company's latest addition: News Archive Search.

Most impressive is the fact that the service's search engine goes back to as early as the 1700s. However, not everything will be free to access. Google, though, says it won't be making a dime from any of the paid content. That's because all of the articles listed on News Archive Search are from other websites -- Google merely redirects its users to these outside services. (Source:

Factiva, Guardian Unlimited, HighBeam Research, Lexis-Nexis, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Thomson Gale, Time, and the Wall Street Journal are among the publications represented within Google's News Archive Search. In all likelihood, more will be added in the weeks and months to come. (Sources: and

It won't cost anything to view Time Magazine's extensive archives; however, The New York Times and The Washington Post, have not followed suit. Instead, their articles are offered for purchase. (Source:

But before you go on a spending spree, you should be aware that a simple -- and very free -- library card may be able to give you the same content at absolutely no charge. If your library has an online presence, you may be able to use your card to access old news reports and journals. (Source:

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