Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Newspaper Archival Service

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Newspaper Archival Service

Article excerpt

L'Osservatore Romano is offering the following new services: access to the newspaper's archives, now completely available on microfilm; computerized research by year from July, 1991; the transfer of data onto diskette; and public access for research purposes. For issues after July 1, 1991, a cross-reference search can be done based not only on subject and author but on a specific passage in an address of the Holy Father or in an article, on a work mentioned in the text, or even on a single word. The electronic archives also store the Sunday supplement, the weekly editions in Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, and the Polish monthly, in addition to the daily. Each issue of the daily and of the various other editions is also archived with a number code that enables it to be copied onto high-density diskettes, which can then be consulted on any personal computer. This last-mentioned innovation also accommodates the many historians and journalists who have daily recourse to the archives to obtain data regarding the newspaper's articles and the opinions expressed on various topics by the Holy See over the past 135 years. The microfilm collection of all the issues of the daily for every year (since 1861 ) and of the weekly English edition since its inception in April, 1968, is particularly useful for historical research. …

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