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Library Database Spotlight: Canadian Major Dailies

By GDI Library Staff

Jul 7, 2021

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In April we profiled PressReader in our ongoing series about the digital library content available to Institute staff, students, and clients from any internet-connected device; this month we’ll highlight Canadian Major Dailies as a useful companion to PressReader. While PressReader allows you to browse the most recent issues of newspapers and popular magazines, Canadian Major Dailies allows you to search the content of over 20 Canadian newspapers going back as far as the late 1970s. This includes local newspapers such as the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix and the Regina Leader-Post, as well as national newspapers such as The Financial Post, The Globe and Mail, and The National Post. While retrospective coverage varies by publication, it dates back to at least 2000 for all of the newspapers included in the database, and to 1977 for The Globe and Mail.

In addition to the news and editorial content you’d expect, newspapers can also be a rich source of genealogical information, including obituaries (close to 90,000 from across Canada are available in Canadian Major Dailies) as well as local interest articles about family members who may have been in the news.

There are several ways to access this content from the office or while connected to an Institute VPN from home. Because most (but not all) Canadian Major Dailies content is indexed in the GDI Library catalogue, you can simply enter a few keywords in Quick Find (the library catalogue) and available content from Canadian Major Dailies will appear in your search results.

Alternately, if you want to search only a specific newspaper, or if you want to use advanced searching from within the database itself to find some of the more elusive content (this is the recommended method for finding obituaries), simply use the A-Z Database tab in Quick Find and select Canadian Major Dailies from the alphabetical list.

If you’re trying to access this content from home without the benefit of a VPN, you’ll have to authenticate with your GDI library card – please contact staff to apply for a card if you haven’t already got one, or if you have questions or difficulty accessing Canadian Major Dailies or any of the licensed digital content available through the GDI Libraries’ catalogue.

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