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The Hulbert Taft, Jr. Library

Current Events/Media: Home

This page brings together a curated list of current news sources and databases that specialize in providing access both reporting and background information on issues facing the world right now.

Access The New York Times

The Library subscribes to the digital edition of The New York Times that you can access on any device or computer! 

Important note: Whenever possible, please use the option to Continue with Google using your Taft School address. 

Using your Taft email address, register for your free academic pass by clicking here:

NOTE: Once registered, you have unlimited access to all content on for one year. You will need to renew your registration every 12 months to maintain access by clicking on

Please note: as part of the process, an email will be sent to your account.  You must click on a link in that email to activate/reactivate your account.

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News Databases

The databases listed below include up-to-date contents from several newspapers and news organizations. The advantage of using these databases is that it is often easier to find current news about a given topic using these databases than by individually visiting several different sites or newspapers independently. 

Issues Based Sources

The resources in this box are designed to give both background and current information for a wide range of current topics of note. The beauty of these sources is the way they integrate reference materials (for overview and context) along with a diverse range of secondary and primary sources to allow you, the researcher, to quickly generate an informed opinion on the major issues facing the world. 

Reliable News Organizations

NOTE: News organizations have been included in the above list based on a cross comparison of a number of analyses of media bias and accuracy including (but not limited to),, and