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CIE 100: Introduction to Civil & Environmental Engineering

Searching URSUS (Books, Gov. Publications) Searching Indexes and Databases for Articles Searching for Technical Reports and Data  Searching Newspapers Sustainable Engineering on the Web

Searching Fogler's Newspaper Subscriptions

Newspapers are excellent resources for finding information on recent events, trends, people, companies and places. Although not considered scholarly, they do provide a record of who, what, when, where and why - details you can use as a springboard for deeper research. Do not expect to find many technical details in newspapers, though.

Newspapers are also good for finding information on historical information, much of which can not be found online or in subscription databases. Lucky for us, Fogler provides online access to some great historical newspaper archives!

Fogler has a large collection of newspapers in a variety of media formats: online, print and on microfiche. Newspapers can be found in several different locations: in our Special Collections, in the Reserve Reading Room, or online through our subscription newspaper databases.

Selected Resources

LexisNexis Academic NewspaperArchive
Maine News Index Online ProQuest Newsstand
Maine Newsstand Wall Street Journal
New York Times Washington Post

Example 1: In this example we will find news stories about sustainable engineering and technology initiatives in Maine. We'll use some advanced search modifiers and combinations, including the NEAR operator to find words that are within five words of each other in the text.

  1. Start at Maine Newsstand.
  2. Click on the Advanced Search link, above the search box.
  3. In the first search field, type sustainab* NEAR/5 (engineer* or technolog*). Select Document Text in the drop-down list next to it.
  4. In the second search field, type initiative or project or proposal or plan. Select Document Text in the drop-down list next to it. Leave all other search options as they are. (screenshot)
  5. Click Search. You should get about 49 results.

Remember! These examples are only a few ways to find information for your projects. Many other resources are available for students' use at the Science & Engineering Center on the 2nd floor of Fogler Library, and additional electronic journals and databases are accessible from the library's website.

If you need help finding resources, don't hesitate to contact us - that's what we're here for! There are many ways you can reach us:


Created by: Martin Wallace | Revised: 04/29/2014
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