Monday, December 14, 2009

Accessing Anchorage Daily News Archives

Since the Wilderness Classic started in the early 1980's the Anchorage Daily News has occasionally printed articles with race results and a summary of the race.  Most of the articles were written by outdoors reporter Craig Medred, an experienced outdoorsman and veteran of the Classic. 

If you go to the Anchorage Daily News website, you can search for past articles in archives but you can't read them unless you pay a fee. However, it's easy to access the archives for free through your local library.  With a library card and an online library account you can access the entire set of archives online without charge.  You probably need to get a library card in person but once you have a card, you can usually set up an online account within a day or so by emailing or calling the library.

Luckily for people who live out of Alaska, most local libraries connect into Newsbank or similar online services that archives newspapers from around the country. 

Go to your library's website and find the database page.  The newspaper section of the database is usually easy to find.  Sign in with your library card number and PIN.

Since I've already posted as many full articles as Anchorage Daily News will allow me to, I'll be posting the title of past articles along with the date it was published and a summary so you can easily find the archived full text version.  If you have any problems finding a specific article, feel free to email me and I'll see if I can help.

If you live in Anchorage you find newspaper archives by signing in here at the library website.  Loussac Library Database Page.

If you live in Fairbanks you can go to the Fairbanks Library Databases here.  Fairbanks Public Library Database Page.  

If you're a student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks you can access Anchorage Daily News archives here.  UAF Database Page

If you're a student at University of Alaska Anchorage or APU, you can access the Newsbank database here.  UAA and APU Database Page

If you're in Seattle, you can access the library database page here.  Your link will be called Newslink instead of Newsbank. Seattle Public Library Database Page

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