By BERT GAMBINI
Published November 9, 2022
Complimentary digital access to both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times is now just a few clicks away for members of the UB community.
Faculty, students and staff can activate their free WSJ or NYT memberships by visiting the appropriate page on the UB Libraries website.
It’s like having the digital editions of the paper delivered every day — and a whole lot more.
The UB Libraries’ partnerships with both news outlets provides the university community with access to award-winning news, commentary and analysis in the papers’ daily editions, plus a full suite of related content, like The New York Times Book Review, curated career content and The Journal Podcast.
“A campuswide digital subscription goes beyond article access through our existing licensed databases and opens a whole new world for the university, including access to podcasts, videos, newsletters and even games and cooking apps,” says Laura Taddeo, head of the UB Libraries’ Arts, Humanities and Social Science Team.
Although existing library databases like Factiva include full-text access to the content of both newspapers, those services do not offer the user-friendly experience of the newspaper websites. The Libraries’ Academic Pass fills that gap, while also presenting new classroom opportunities, along with the convenience of access to the day’s news.
The new Academic Pass benefits the entire university community, even those who already have paid subscriptions to one or both publications. Users can cancel their personal online subscriptions in favor of the free digital access offered by the UB Libraries. The Academic Pass, however, does not affect home delivery subscriptions.
“For years, we have received requests from students and faculty for academic subscriptions to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal,” says Taddeo. “With the Academic Pass now providing complimentary access, faculty can easily integrate articles into course instruction and have access to co-curricular activities like lesson plans, quizzes and current events conversations that spark students’ curiosity and improve learning outcomes.”