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16/03/2011 / stjornmal

Old news

When writing an essay, sources are important. I’d like to tell you about two webpages I often use.

1: Tímarit.is

Tímarit.is is a collaborative project between the National Library of the Faroe Islands, the National and Public Library of Greenland and National and University Library of Iceland. It’s basically a digital library that hosts millions of pages from old newspapers and magazines. Currently there are 3,559,226 pages online and most of them are searchable for text. This service is free of charge.

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the president of Iceland, was first mentioned in an Icelandic newspaper on the 27th of April, 1957, one day before his confirmation.

2. Google News Archive Search

Similar to Tímarit.is but not all content is free of charge. It’s easy to search the archives. I typed ‘Iceland’ in and hit the search button. Check out the picture below. It’s from the Quebec Herald and dates all the way back to the year 1789. Click on the picture to see it larger.

 

Also, check out archive.org – it’s loaded with all kinds of stuff, movies, audio, text and software. Here is a link to their blog and here is a blogpost of the “Top 40 best free legal movies you can download right now“.

Do you know of any similar webpages?

 

Ingi

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  1. Kristján / Mar 18 2011 14:34

    Thanks for the tip Ingi, those will come in handy.

    I have used timarit.is before but hadn’t heard of the other sources.

    Thumbs up.

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