Changes to Google News Archive and search

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 10 19:22:12 UTC 2014

Thanks very much for your response Ben. I have seen that interface,
and I did see that help page. What do you make of this sentence?:

[Begin excerpt]
Note that Google Web Search doesn’t support custom date ranges earlier
than 1970 or content behind a paywall.
[End excerpt]

I just tried the suggested interface to perform a search between
1/6/1950 and 1/13/1960 for the word "freedom" and no matches were


On Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 1:32 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at> wrote:
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> On Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 8:57 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:
>> Google has made changes to the search interface for the Google News
>> Archive of scanned newspapers. The changes appear to make the archive
>> much more difficult to search effectively. If a list member would like
>> to share ideas for searching this database please reply with a message
>> on list or off list. Thanks.
> They don't make it easy, but Google News Archive can still be reliably
> searched in a couple of ways. I keep this page bookmarked:
> ...which makes a box pop up over the usual news search allowing you to
> specify a date range in the archives. Or you can do a site search on
> Google using <> and then select "custom
> range" in the "search tools" pulldown menu. More info here:
> --bgz
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