Saturday, January 10, 2009

Awaiting the 44th Presidential Inauguration

There's been quite a buzz lately about the upcoming Presidential Inauguration for President-Elect Barack Obama. With the recent debates surrounding Obama's decision to invite Pastor Rick Warren as a guest speaker to the inauguration, there's been a flurry of news on the media. So how do you keep up with the latest developing stories?

First, check out our selection of article databases. From this page, you'll find an assortment of periodical databases covering various topics. While the Proquest Newspapers database covers news articles from over 300 national and international news sources, you might want to explore news stories from non-print formats as well.

For example, slide down the list to EbscoHost Newspaper Source:

You will need a San Francisco Public Library card to access this database from outside the Library. Next, under Advanced Search, notice that in addition to limiting your search to newspapers and magazines, you can pull up news stories from transcripts and news wires. Let's run a search with the keywords "Obama" and "Rick Warren."

Notice the lower-right hand of the screen. You can limit your search to alternative formats such as news wires and transcripts:

After running your search, you will retrieve a series of results from sources such as CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, and more. Select any link from your search results, and you can read the entire transcript of the audio/video news clip as it had originally aired.

The EbscoHost Newspaper Source database covers a wide range of news from over 180 newspapers including full-text transcripts from the radio and television.

Finally, come watch a special viewing of the Presidential Inauguration on Tuesday, January, 20 starting at 9 a.m. in the Koret Auditorium of the Main Library. Tickets for this program can be obtained in advance from the General Collections Reference Desk located on the 3rd Floor of the Main Library. Doors will open at 8:45 A.M. to patrons who already have tickets. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis after 9 A.M. This special program is co-sponsored by the African American Center.

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