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NewsBank Tutorial

A tutorial for NewsBank, a database for locating news sources and media publications.

Basic Searching in NewsBank

To conduct a basic search in NewsBank:

  1. Enter a keyword or topic into the search bar on the home page.
  2. Use the filters on the left side of the page to limit your search results.  Filters include relevance, source type, date, source name, source location, and language.
  3. Find a source you would like to view and hover over the title.  Click on the "view document" icon.
  4. Adjust your viewing preferences.

From the source page, you have the option to get citation information, email the source, print or download the document, save it to My Folder, or get the source link.

Watch the video below for a walkthrough of a basic search.

More Search Options (Advanced Search)

The "More Search Options" features serves as the database's advanced search function, which allows you to search multiple keywords at the same time and combine words and phrases.  To use this feature:

  1. Click on "More Search Options" on the home page.
  2. Use the "Refine by source location" feature to narrow your search to a geographic location (optional).  You can use this by selecting a region on the map or selecting a country from the list on the left side of the page.
  3. Enter a keyword or phrase into the search bar and enter a date into the date range (date range is optional).  You can add additional search bars for extra words by clicking on the plus and minus icons.
  4. Use the "Select a field" dropdown menu to categorize your search terms (optional).  Each term can be categorized by the following categorizes:
    • All text
    • Lead/first paragraph
    • Headline
    • Author/byline
    • Section
    • Caption
    • Page
    • Source
    • Date
    • Word count
    • Added within
  5. If you are using more than one search term, use the Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) to include or exclude your second search term.
  6. Select a sorting option by using the "Sort by" dropdown menu.  You can sort your results by best match to your search terms, newest sources, or oldest sources.
  7. Click "search" and filter your results by using the filters on the left side of the page.

Watch the video below for a demonstration on conducting an advanced search in NewsBank.


Using the Map

NewsBank has a map feature that allows you to browse sources by location.  It can also be used to refine your search results.  To use the map feature:

  1. Click on "Map Search" on the home page.
  2. Select a continent on the map or on the list of continents on the left side of the page.
  3. Select a country from the list or on the map.  You may select more than one at a time.
  4. Click on the number next to the country/continent on the list to view sources about that location.
  5. View your results and filter them as needed.

If you are new to using the map feature, watch the video below for a demonstration of the map function.

Filtering Your Search Results

Filtering your search results makes finding relevant sources significantly faster, easier, and more efficient.  While searching NewsBank, you have the following filters to assist you in your search:

  • Sort by (best match, newest, oldest)
  • Date selector (select a date range)
  • Date search
  • Source type
  • Year
  • Source name
  • Source location
  • Language

Watch the video below to learn more about using filters and narrowing search results.

Search Results Features

Once you conduct a basic or advanced search, there are several functions that let you access and share the search results in different ways.

Save Search

Save Search lets you save searches you have conducted for future use.  To save a search:

  1. Click on the "Save Search" icon at the top of the search results page.  When a search is saved, the page will say "Your search has been saved to your folder under My Saved Searches."
  2. To view your saved searches, visit the home page and hover over "[NAME]'s Folder" at the top of the page.  Click on "My Saved Searches."

From there, you can view all of your saved search queries, saved articles, and saved alerts.  Clicking on a search from the list conducts the search again.  To delete a saved search, select the checkbox and click on the "delete" icon on the right side of the page.


My Saved Searches Page

newsbank my saved searches

Create Alert

The Create Alert feature lets you set up email alerts about specific search criteria.  It is helpful when you want to receive updates on a particular search, especially if your initial search yielded few results.  To set up an alert:

  1. Conduct a search for a topic,
  2. Click on the "Create Alert" icon.
  3. Enter your email address (this email will receive the alerts), and select how frequent you want to receive alerts.
  4. Click "Create alert" to finish setting up the alert.

View the video below to see a demonstration on creating search alerts.



If you find a source that you would like to use in a paper or assignment, you can retrieve the citation information directly from NewsBank.  To locate a source's citation information:

  1. Click on the checkbox next to the source title to highlight it.  Or, click on the source title to view the source's information page.
  2. Click the quotation marks icon, which is the cite option.
  3. Select the citation style you would like to get a citation that you can copy to other documents.  Or, export the citation to a citation management software (EasyBib, RefWorks, Academic Writer, or EndNote/Zotero).  The exported citation will download as a file to your device.
  4. Copy the citation to your document, or import the file into your citation management program.

Watch the video below for a demonstration on retrieving citation information in NewsBank.



NewsBank allows you to email sources you have found to others.  This is particularly useful for group projects and sharing sources with others.  To email a source:

  1. Click on the checkbox next to the source title to highlight it.  Or, click on the source title to view the source's information page.
  2. Click on the envelope icon, which is the email feature.
  3. Enter the recipient's email address under "To" and enter your email address under "From."
  4. Enter an optional message to include in the email.  The subject of the email will automatically prefill as "Sharing Search Results From NewsBank."
  5. Click "Send" to send the message to the recipient.

Watch the video below to learn how to share sources via email.


Print & Download

NewsBank allows you to download and print sources that you find, which can be very useful for managing your research.  To download and print a document:

  1. Click on the checkbox next to the source title to highlight it.  Or, click on the source title to view the source's information page.
  2. Click on the downward arrow, which is the download feature.
  3. Select whether you would like the citation information included in the file.  If you choose to include citation information, you must select a file type for the citation.
  4. Click "Download" to download the document as a PDF file.
  5. Open the PDF file to print the document from your device.


Print / Download Window (NewsBank)

print screen newsbank

Save to My Folder

The My Folder feature allows you to save sources that you find for future reference.  You are not able to use this feature unless you create a My Folder account.  For directions on creating an account, visit our My Folder Account page.  Once you have created an account, you can begin saving sources.  To save a source to My Folder:

  1. Click on the checkbox next to the source title to highlight it.  Or, click on the source title to view the source's information page.
  2. Click on the folder icon, which is the "Save to My Folder" feature.  If you are not signed into your My Folder (NewsBank) account, you will be required to log in first.
  3. View your saved source by hovering over "[NAME]'s Folder" and clicking on "My Saved Articles."

From your saved articles folder, you have the option to retrieve citation information, share sources with others via email, download and print sources, or delete them from your folder.  Watch the video below for more information on using My Folder.