Seeking ANG Newspaper Group fulltext archives
January 11, 2011 6:47 AM   Subscribe

I want to get the full text of several articles I wrote that were published in Bay Area newspapers between 2005 and 2007. What periodicals database should I be hitting? Preferred sources: free or accessible via New York Public Library.

Between 2005 and 2007, I wrote several articles for the ANG Newspaper Group (Oakland Tribune, Tri-Valley Herald, and several other papers) in my weekly column "MC Masala" (byline: Sumana Harihareswara). I'd like electronic copies of the pieces as they appeared in print and online at I have my drafts but I'd prefer having copies of the edited versions.

I estimate that I put out about a hundred pieces. doesn't have them. The insidebayarea site only lists 61, and would charge me more than a hundred dollars via to get access to them all. I'd prefer if I could use an electronic database that I already have access to via my NYPL membership, especially since the insidebayarea/newsbank search is missing many of my articles anyway.

I've looked at the periodicals databases that NYPL lets me access and tried EBSCOhost and GALE's Infotrac; they either don't have any ANG archives or the archives aren't deep enough. The next time I physically visit the library I intend on trying ProQuest. I remember Lexis-Nexis being a go-to source for this sort of thing, but NYPL does not seem to provide it.

So: what periodicals database should I be hitting to get the full text of about a hundred feature articles published in ANG newspapers between 2005 and 2007? I would also welcome advice that tells me "contact such-and-so at the Oakland Tribune to get softcopies of everything"; their contact page doesn't list an archivist so I'm unsure whether they still have such a position.

(And I have a question in to the NYPL staff about this, too; if they respond, I'll post the answer here & close the question, but I haven't had much luck trying to get this kind of information/help from the library before.)
posted by brainwane to Computers & Internet (9 answers total)
Best answer: Do they have Dow Jones Factiva? That's similar to Lexis Nexis.
posted by rhymer at 7:26 AM on January 11, 2011

Response by poster: rhymer, I can access Factiva from one library location (the Science, Industry, and Business library) so I'll go to that location and try it when I can. Thanks for the suggestion.
posted by brainwane at 7:41 AM on January 11, 2011

Best answer: I searched for your byline in Lexis-Nexis, and they have 77 of your columns. Factiva has 121 citations with your name, although it appears some of those are duplicates. But at least you know your trip to the library will not be in vain!

If for some reason you can't get to the library and someone else here knows how I can mass download all of the articles from Factiva and/or Lexis, let me know, and I'd gladly help you out and send them to you.
posted by bluefly at 8:40 AM on January 11, 2011

Have you tried going straight to the online version of the papers themselves and searching their archives?

Have you tried simply Googling your name? Sometimes you'll find your work unexpectedly reprinted or linked elsewhere.

Both of these methods have worked for me with the articles I wrote in the past.
posted by xenophile at 9:43 AM on January 11, 2011

ProQuest Complete (which I'm not sure if NYPL has--the state of Minnesota funds resident access to it) has 62 of your full-text articles under your name as author and 2 under the name of your column.
posted by Electric Elf at 2:00 PM on January 11, 2011

Did you get them?
posted by cashman at 7:28 AM on February 2, 2011

Response by poster: I'm sorry to say that I haven't had time yet to hit the library in person, but hope to next week!
posted by brainwane at 6:24 AM on February 3, 2011

Response by poster: Thanks for your advice! I went to the Science, Industry, & Business library, used the Factiva machines, and downloaded the approx. 120-130 (some duplicates) articles that have my name in them. (It looks like NYPL does not offer ProQuest Complete. And I never heard back from their helpstaff.)

Thanks again!
posted by brainwane at 12:08 PM on February 22, 2011

Response by poster: (I'll be checking the articles I downloaded against my own files to see which ones are missing, and for those, I'll just edit my own drafts and substitute them in.)
posted by brainwane at 12:10 PM on February 22, 2011

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