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News databases

This page lists the news databases available at SOAS; for other databases use the letter navigation on the left or go to the A-Z database homepage.

On-campus access is automatic for most databases; and many can be accessed off-campus using your SOAS id and password (the same as you use for SOAS e-mail and computers). Off-campus access is only available to SOAS students and staff; and is available only where there is a link for 'off-campus use'.

If you need help with any of the databases you can:

  • Ask at the Library Enquiry Desk (Ground floor/Level E), Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
  • E-mail electronic@soas.ac.uk  
  • Phone 020 7898 4146
TitleDescriptionLinks
Access World News
Access World News is a web-based news resource featuring more than 1000 newspapers from around the world. Updated daily, it includes both current and archived content.  On-campus use

Off-campus use
allAfrica.com
AllAfrica.com is an Africa related news archive; with content from over 100 media organizations. 
allAfrica.com
URL

On-campus: http://allafrica.com/
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://allafrica.com

Access

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text

Description

AllAfrica.com is a news archive containing over 900,000 articles from about 130 media organizations, AllAfrica.com’s own reporting team, NGOs, governments and international institutions. About 1000 articles are posted daily.

The site is browsable by region/country and topic. The advanced search provides further options such as specifying time periods, publishers and categories.

Languages

Available in French and English language versions.

Dates covered

1996 to current.

Download/e-mail/print/reference software

E-mail and print .

Further information.

Site guide
Content providers

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, 1974 - 1996
The United States' principal record of political and historical open source intelligence.   On-campus use

Off-campus use
Kikuzō II Visual 聞蔵IIビジュアル [朝日新聞オンライン記事データベース]
A newspaper database for Asahi Shinbun, containing the national edition and local editions. Three weekly magazines, Aera, Asahi Gurafu, and Shūkan Asahi, and an annual new-word dictionary Chiezō, Who’s Who Database, and Historical Photo Archive are also available. 
Kikuzō II Visual 聞蔵IIビジュアル [朝日新聞オンライン記事データベース]
URL

On-campus: http://database.asahi.com/library2e/
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://database.asahi.com/library2e/

Access

Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus. Limited access for 3 users at a time among 5 consortium member libraries. 

Authentication

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text in Japanese

Description

A newspaper database for Asahi Shinbun, containing the national edition and local editions. Three weekly magazines, Aera, Asahi Gurafu, and Shūkan Asahi, and an annual new-word dictionary Chiezō, Who’s Who Database, and Historical Photo Archive are also available.

Dates covered

朝日新聞 (Asahi Shinbun): August 1984 to the present date
朝日新聞縮刷版 (Asahi Shinbun Shukusatsuban) = Asahi Shimbun Compressed Edition:  1879~1984
アエラ(Aera): August 1984 to the present date
アサヒグラフ  (Asahi Gurafu): 1923 to 1956
週刊朝日(Shukan Asahi): August 1984 to the present date
知恵蔵: The latest edition
歴史写真: 1930s to 1945

Download/e-mail/print/reference software

Download/print available

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Lexis Library
A legal database provides access to selected full text case law, legislation and journal articles from the UK, EU, US and other selected jurisdictions. Also provides access to local and national UK newspapers. 
Lexis Library
Access

Access is only available to SOAS staff and students and requires a SOAS id and password to login on or off-campus.

Full text or bibliographic

Full text.

Description

A legal database which provides access to selected full text case law, legislation and journal articles from the UK, EU, US and other selected jurisdictions worldwide. Contains:

  • UK case law (1865 onwards) and legislation (1267 onwards)
  • EU case law (1954 onwards) and legislation (1952 onwards)
  • Comprehensive coverage of United States and Canadian legal materials
  • Includes legal materials for Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, Brunei and Singapore
  • Provides access to international materials (includes treaties and agreements)
  • Contains over 1,000 Journals and Law Reviews published worldwide
  • Current Awareness – abstracts and indexes of legal and regulatory events in the UK and EU
  • Also includes Halsbury’s Laws of England providing a comprehensive narrative statement of the law of England and Wales.
  • Provides access to local and national UK newspapers.
Download/e-mail/print/reference software

Download, e-mail, print are available.

More information

Quick start guide

LexisNexis provides customer support:
Phone: 0845 370 1234
e-mail: contentsupport@lexisnexis.co.uk

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Mideastwire.com
Mideastwire.com offers a daily newsletter of concise, translated briefs into English from the Arabic and Persian media, including the top newspapers, some satellite TV and radio. For off-campus access send an email from your SOAS email account to info@mideastwire.com  On-campus use

Off-campus use
Naver News Library [Naver 뉴스 라이브러리]
Newspaper database. A digital archive for Tonga ilbo[東亞日報], Kyŏnghyang sinmun  [京鄕新聞] and Maeil kyŏngje sinmun [每日經濟新聞].  
Naver News Library [Naver 뉴스 라이브러리]
URL

On-campus: http://newslibrary.naver.com/
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://newslibrary.naver.com/

Access

Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus.


Authentication

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.


Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text.

Description

Newspaper database. A digital archive for Tonga ilbo[東亞日報], Kyŏnghyang sinmun  [京鄕新聞] and Maeil kyŏngje sinmun [每日經濟新聞]. Keyword search is available. Advanced search allows by choosing categories among eight subjects (e.g., politics, economy) and 25 document types (e.g., news articles, advertisements)

Dates covered

東亞日報  [Tonga ilbo] : 1920-1999
京鄕新聞  [Kyŏnghyang sinmun] : 1946-1999
每日經濟新聞  [Maeil kyŏngje sinmun = Maeil Business Newspaper] : 1966-1999

Download/e-mail/print/reference software

Download/e-mail/print not available.

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Nikkei Telecom 21
Japanese news and business information. 
Nikkei Telecom 21
URL

On-campus: http://www.nikkeieu.com/t21/trial/soas.html
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://www.nikkeieu.com/telecom/en/soas.html

Access:

Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus. Access for one user only at a time. 6 pm JST to 5 am JST (23 hours a day)

Authentication

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS ID and password.

Username and password:

Not required.

Full-text or bibliographic:

Full-text.

Description:

Nikkei Telecom21 (Academic Package) is a group of comprehensive business database services offered by Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

The service consists of:

  • News: Real-Time Nikkei newswire service (Japanese and English)
  • Full Text Article Search: Nikkei’s 4 main newspapers and news (Japanese and English)
  • Market & Economic Indicators: Stock Indices, exchange rates, bond pricing and other economic indicators (Japanese)
  • Company Search: Company profiles and financial information (Japanese)
  • Who’s Who Search: Personnel information in business (Japanese)
Dates covered:

Nikkei Japanese news from 1876 to1961 and from 1975 to date. Nikkei English news from 1983 to date.

Download/email/print /reference software:

Print is available.

On-campus use

Off-campus use
North China Herald
Full text version of the North China Herald from 1850-1940  On-campus use

Off-campus use
Renmin ribao 人民日报
Online version of Renmin ribao 人民日报 (People's Daily) 1946 - 2010, updated every 6 months.  On-campus use

Off-campus use
The Times of India (1838-2003)
Provides access to first hand accounts of historical local, regional and national news for publications including The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce and the Bombay Times and Standard. Easily searchable, spanning centuries of historical and political events. 
The Times of India (1838-2003)
URL
http://search.proquest.com/hnptimesofindia?accountid=16710

Access

Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus.

Authentication

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Description

Part of ProQuest, The Times of India is a full text English language database that covers a range of subjects including Politics, History and Society. Document type searches cover reviews, military war news, editorial cartoons, obituaries and marriage notices. Articles  span historical key moments during India's rich and fascinating history, such as the partition of India, colonialism, post-colonialism, terrorism, gender issues and international relations. News stories that can be downloaded  in PDF format capture wars, assassinations, industrial disasters and the creation of Bangladesh. There is also coverage of sports and cinema. Topics can be cross searched  including images.

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text

Dates covered

Varies for each title. The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce (1839-1859), The Bombay Times and Standard (1860- 1861) and Times of India (1839- 2003)

Download/e-mail/print

Download, e-mail, print facilities are available.

Further assistance

Tips on searching are available from the following help page:
http://search.proquest.com/help/webframe.html?Basic_Search.html

On-campus use

Off-campus use
聯合新聞網udn.com
Online newspapers, including: United Daily News, Economic Daily News, Ming Shen Daily News, United Evening News, World Journal and Europe Journal, contents of partner magazines. 
聯合新聞網udn.com

URL

On-campus: http://udndata.com/library/

Access
Any Library user from computers on-campus.

Authentication
Available to all Library users on-campus.

Full-text or bibliographic
Full-text is available to subscribed content.

Description
Provides worldwide Chinese readers  online news ; Cover newspapers: United Daily News, Economic Daily News, Ming Shen Daily News, United Evening News, World Journal and Europe Journal, contents of partner magazines.

Download/e-mail/print /reference software
Download, e-mail and print are available.

Search tip
The best result is gained by searching with terms in traditional Chinese.

Special requirements
All articles are available in PDF format so you will need Acrobat Reader version 5.X

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Yomidasu Rekishikan  ヨミダス歴史館
Full text database of Yomiuri Shinbun (読売新聞) from the first issue in 1874 to the present. Includes the English edition, The Daily Yomiuri, and biographical information on some 2,000 people.  
Yomidasu Rekishikan  ヨミダス歴史館

URL: 

On-campus - https://database.yomiuri.co.jp/rekishikan/ 
Off-campus - https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=https://database.yomiuri.co.jp/rekishikan/

Access

Any Library user from computers on-campus. One simultaneous access only.

Authentication

Available to all Library users on-campus.

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text in Japanese and English.

Description

Full text database of Yomiuri Shinbun (読売新聞) from the first issue in 1874 to the present. Includes the English edition, The Daily Yomiuri, and biographical information on some 2,000 people.

Dates covered

読売新聞 (Japanese): From the first issue in November 1874 to the present, with local editions starting in Dec. 1986.

The Daily Yomiuri (English): September 1989 to the present.

Download/e-mail/print/reference software

Download/e-mail not available

Print available

Adobe Flash Player version 9 or later version

On-campus use

Off-campus use