This article is from the archives of the UB Reporter.

Electronic Highways

Published: October 14, 2004

This just in: Keep current with the libraries' news searcher

Wouldn't it be nice if there was a Web page that brought together current news links from campus, local, regional, national and international news sources? Well, there is.

The University Libraries' Current News page ( provides an easy way for you to keep up with current news and events. If a major event happens in Founders Plaza, Lafayette Square, New York's Central Park, in front of the Eiffel Tower or in the oil fields of Iraq, you should be able to track it down with the tools and links found on this site.

A unique feature of the Current News page is the "Current News Multi-Searcher." The Multi-Searcher enables searching on a variety of up-to-the-minute national and local news resources at once. Some of the resources covered include Yahoo News, Google News, RocketNews, Daypop,, The Buffalo News, the Toronto Star and the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. Results are shown simultaneously from the sites in separate browser windows, so "pop-up"-blocking software must be disabled in order to view search results.

If you are interested in what's happening on campus, the Current News page provides links to the Reporter ( reporter/), the student-run Spectrum (, and the UB News Services' Campus News ( html?key=campus). The "Western New York Regional News Links" section of the page supplies links to The Buffalo News (, Business First (http://www., WBFO 88.7 FM, UB's National Public Radio affiliate (http :// and to Western New York's three major television network affiliates: WGRZ Channel 2 (, WIVB Channel 4 (, and WKBW Channel 7 ( You also can obtain local area news via the ( link by typing your ZIP code into the site's search box.

Looking for back issues of The Wall Street Journal, or older articles from The New York Times or The Washington Post? If you currently are affiliated with UB, make certain to scroll down to the "Library Databases" portion of the Current News page where you can avoid any possible fees associated with archived news stories from these sources. You will also find links to LexisNexis Academic ( and Factiva (http: //, as well as a link to the World News Connection (, a source which covers news broadcasts from throughout the world.

Rounding out the features found on the Current News page are RSS headlines from The New York Times. Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is an XML-based format for content distribution. updates its news feeds several times a day, and these feeds include headlines, summaries and links back to for the full article.

—Don Hartman, University Libraries