Online Access to the New York Times

Posted April 11th, 2011 by Mark Szarko

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about access to the New York Times through the MIT Libraries since the Times implemented digital subscriptions for their online content.   Unfortunately, NYTimes.com does not yet offer institutional subscriptions for libraries.  But if you’ve already used up your maximum 20 NYTimes.com articles per month, you can still access current New York Times articles through two library databases:

Note that these links do not take you directly to the Times.

  • In Factiva, you can use the Newsstand for articles published in the last 2 weeks, including today’s edition.   (The Newsstand is the screen you see upon logging in to Factiva.  It provides easy access to recent articles from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other publications.)  Use Search Builder to find earlier articles.
  • In LexisNexis, click on “Sources,” type “New York Times” into the search box, and click “Find Sources” to limit your search to the Times.

For older articles, you can search the New York Times Historical Archive (1851-present, but excluding the last 3 years):  http://libraries.mit.edu/get/nythist

Keep in mind that you can always look up The New York Times in Vera.   On the results page, you’ll see links to Factiva and LexisNexis Academic.

If you find Factiva and LexisNexis inconvenient to browse, consider browsing the New York Times website to identify articles you want to read, and then use one of these databases to look up the articles by title.

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