Databases of the Month: Online Newspapers and News Databases

What should you do when you want to read a news article online and you’ve run into a paywall? Don’t grab your credit card or spend valuable time searching Google for a “free” version of the article. We have or can get what you need! The library provides access to hundreds of thousands of newspaper articles and other news sources (e.g. newswires, TV and radio show transcripts, blogs, etc.) online via our subscriptions and databases. 

Below is a roundup of our top news databases, but we have much more to offer. Visit our Current News Resources research guide for additional news resources provided by the library as well as free online news sources we recommend.

Today’s News

For when you want to read today’s newspaper.

  • The New York Times online, [registration required, create an account]. Includes online access to the Spanish and Chinese editions of the newspaper.
  • The Wall Street Journal online, [registration required, create an account]
  • Factiva Newsstand

Current News 

These databases provide access to full-text from newspapers, newswires, TV and radio transcripts, and some news websites (e.g. Coverage generally runs 1980-present, but varies by database and publication.

Historical Newspapers

Use these databases to retrieve articles from the 17th to the 20th century. All of these sources provide full HTML text and/or PDF reproductions and include digital images.

Locate a Specific Newspaper

Just want to know where to get the Chicago Tribune or Telegram & Gazette?  Use the Journal Finder. Enter the name of the newspaper in the journal finder box and click [search]. The journal finder will tell you if the full-text is available, the database it can be found in, and the dates for which it is available.

Print Editions

Miss the smell of newsprint and ink smudges on your fingertips? The library subscribes to the print editions of The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The New York Times International Edition, People’s DailyThe Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. You can find them in the Current Periodicals area on the main level.

Get Help

Don’t have time to comb through a bunch of different sources? Contact the Reference Desk! Reference librarians can quickly assess your options and help you obtain the publication or article you need.


Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction useful library databases, highlighting key features you should know about. If you would like more information about these resources (or any of the library’s databases), please contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of these resources for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using the instruction request form.

Patriots’ Day Holiday Weekend Hours: Sat. 4/14-Mon. 4/16

The library has modified hours during the Patriots’ Day holiday weekend. On Saturday, April 14, we will open one hour early at 9:00 a.m. for Accepted Students Open House. On Sunday, April 15, we will open late at 1:00 p.m. and close early at 9:00 p.m. On Monday, April 16, we will open late at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 14:
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 15:
1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Monday, April 16:
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

The Deloitte Café/Einsteins will be closed Sunday, April 15, and Monday, April 16.

For more  information about the library, café, and help desk hours, please view the hours calendar. Have a great long weekend!

March Acquisitions: New Books, DVDs, Audiobooks & eBooks

Check out the library’s newest arrivals! Go to the New Books & DVDs page to browse the new book, DVD, and audiobook arrivals by subject or format. When you see something you want, click the “Request” button to place a hold on it.

Interested in ebooks and digital audiobooks? You can use the OverDrive app to download books to your computer or mobile device, or read/listen to books online in your browser via the library’s OverDrive site.

And last but not least, don’t forget to check out our streaming films collections – Swank, Kanopy, and Films on Demand.

For help finding our using any of our resources please contact the Reference Desk. Enjoy!
March 2018 new acquisitions

Storm Closing: Tuesday, March 13

Due to the inclement weather, Bentley University and the Bentley Library will be closed Tuesday, March 13.  Weather permitting, the library will reopen on Wednesday, March 14, at 7:30 a.m.

For official updates about the status of the university, check the Bentley University website or call the Bentley University Storm Emergency line at 781.891.2020. We also encourage you to follow the library’s updates on Twitter and Facebook.

Don’t forget that even when the library’s doors are closed, our research databases, eBook collections and streaming films databases are always accessible from both on and off campus.

Introducing Free Access to The Wall Street Journal Online,

Here’s the news you’ve all been waiting for…

Introducing Free Online Access to!

WSJ online


We are excited to announce that current Bentley University students, faculty, and staff now have full online access to the Wall Street Journal website and WSJ mobile apps. The library’s new subscription to supplements our existing database coverage of The Wall Street Journal and The Wall Street Journal Historical Collection. 

New Users Activate Your Account:

  1. While connected to the Bentley network (on-campus) visit the website.  An activation banner will appear at the top of the page, as shown below. If you don’t see the banner, go directly to Bentley’s account activation page. You must be on-campus to create your account, but once it has been activated you can access from any location.
  2. Complete the Create Account form. You must register with your Bentley University email address. You will see a confirmation screen if you have registered successfully. A confirmation email will also be sent to you.

Wall Street Journal activation screen

Returning Users:

Once you have activated your account, login to  from any location.

Mobile Apps:

Visit to download your free WSJ apps.

More Information & Help:

More information about creating an account and accessing the library’s subscription is available at

If you have additional questions please contact the Reference Desk.  Stop by, call 781.891.2300, or email

New on the Shelf: Books, DVDs & Audiobooks Acquired in February

Check out the new books, DVDs, and audiobooks that hit the shelves last month. Go to the New Books & DVDs page to browse the new arrivals by subject or format. When you see something you want, click the “Request” button to place a hold on it.

Interested in downloading or streaming ebooks and digital audiobooks? You can use the OverDrive app to download books to your computer or mobile device, or read/listen to books online in your browser via the library’s OverDrive site.  For help using OverDrive, view their Getting Started page or visit the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

“The Year We Thought About Love” – Film Screening and Q&A

The Bentley Library, Equity Center, Residential Center, Multicultural Center, and Student Programs & Engagement are excited to present a screening of the documentary film The Year We Thought About Love on Monday, March 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the Wilder Pavilion. The screening will be followed by Q&A with filmmaker Ellen Brodsky and members of the LGBTQ youth theater group, True Colors.

The Year We Thought About Love documents the journey of an amazing group of young people from Boston as they develop, write, and perform a unique play based on their own experiences. The camera follows them in and out of rehearsals, homes, and classrooms to capture their exploration of love in all its forms: romantic, familial, and religious. The lives of several troupe members are highlighted to bring to the forefront the challenges and joys of LGBTQ adolescents. More about the film and its subjects can be found at their website.

The Year We Thought About Love
film screening and Q&A with filmmaker Ellen Brodsky and members of True Colors, Boston-based LGBTQ youth theater group and oldest queer youth theater troupe in the U.S.
Monday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Wilder Pavilion