Kids Today: Changing Childhoods

Course #: AF101Q

A) First steps

  • Your OneCard is your library card. New cards should be automatically registered.
  • You will be asked to log in when accessing paid resources from off campus

B) Choose a focus

  1. Choose a topic, eg. child obesity
  2. Choose one or more newspapers to search

C) Find newspaper articles: two approaches

You will need five to eight articles, published between 2000 and 2015. Use only papers from the list below. Note: ProQuest is easiest to search, but does not include all the papers listed. Factiva has all the papers, but is more difficult to search.

1. Search using ProQuest

Canadian Newspapers

American Newspapers

  • New York Times
    • you may search this paper individually, through December 2012
  • Washington Post
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Atlanta Journal


  • Go to the Advanced Search
  • Limit by date (2000-2015)
  • You can also limit by document type, eg. article, editorial, front page cover story
  • Sample searches
    • "child obesity" searches for exactly those words in that order
    • expand your search: put child* on one line, obesity on another
    • expand your search using similar terms on a line: safety OR danger OR injury
  • Hint: read more articles than you need, then choose the best for your research question

2. Want to try other papers? Search Factiva

Factiva includes all the newspapers listed above. Steps:

  • choose keywords
  • enter a date range: 01/01/2000 to 31/12/2015
  • choose a newspaper
    • click on Source, then type the paper`s title
    • remove "All publications" from the search
    • note: results list shows the number of words in each article

D) Other resources

Having problems? Don't hesitate to contact me: email, call (519-884-0710 x3384), drop in, or make an appointment. My office, L3-312, is one floor up from the main floor of the Library on the Waterloo campus. Come up the stairs, then walk straight ahead.