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This report is extracted from the 1000 Section (Confirmed Newspaper Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.   Either a compiler, publisher or repository had confirmed the existance of this index and supplied information for the report. See the INTRODUCTION for the methodology used in compiling the LATHROP REPORT.

REPORT NO:  1050B Previous Report (1050A)  |  Next Report (1051A)
INDEX NAME:  Info-KY Newsreach
  • COURIER-JOURNAL Louisville KY 1976-Current
  • LOUISVILLE TIMES Louisville KY 1976-Current
525 W. Broadway
Louisville KY 40202
Telephone: (502) 582-4184
AVAILABILITY:  A computerized index (data base). May be used by appointment and for a fee in the library of the Courier-Journal & Louisville Times. Also available to Kentucky County Libraries in cooperation with the State Department of Libraries and Archives in Frankfort KY. The data base is also available on a subscription basis by means of a video display terminal and telephone hookup to the Courier-Journal. The service may also include a computer driven microfiche reader/printer so that copies of indexed articles may be retrieved and printed without need to resort to conventional roll microfilm or the original paper.
SCOPE OF INDEX:  The Info-KY Newsreach system contains citations and information on every news article which appeared in the final edition of both papers if it is the most definitive version of the article which appeared. If an article appeared in the Kentucky or Indiana editions which did not appear in the Final edition, it is included in the data base. All articles from the editorial or Op-ed pages are included, as are the editorial cartoons. Excluded from the index are the agate type vital statistics as well as columns of only marginal interest. Real estate listings, advertisements and comic strips are also excluded.
FORMAT OF INDEX:  The index is searched by an interactive mode using a video display hookup to a computer containing the data base. The user has three major avenues of access: (1) There are 33 divisions by type or source of news which may be included or excluded in the search or may be searched exclusively. These divisions include name of paper, source of news (syndicated, wire service), geographic area (KY,IN), and broad topical areas (OBITUARIES, CRIME, SPORTS,...etc). (2) There are 120 subject headings which are minutely defined and they may be searched. Thay include ACCIDENTS, BANKS & BANKING, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, IDEOLOGIES & POLITICS... etc. (3) The user may select his own search words (keywords) important to the story. They may include names of persons, places, agencies, actions taken,... etc. If these words have been used in the citation (entry) in the data base, they will be retrieved by the search. Any of these three avenues may be combined in a single search. The entries in the data base consist of a brief description of the article, the source of the article and the citation. The citation includes a code for the newspaper, the date (mo,dy,yr), the day of the week (Mon-Sun) and the section and page where the article appeared. Whenever the computer locates an entry which fits the search parameters desired, it displays the entry on the video terminal. The following sample shows typical entries which give the citation followed by the brief description of the article. The searcher may then either write down (or get a print out) of the "hits" or let the computer drive the optional microfiche reader to display the corresponding clipping. Because the video display contains a conventional citation (Date, page and column), the Info-KY Newsreach system can be considered a conventional index. SPECIAL NOTE: Between the time that the book index to the Courier-Journal ceased (1936) and the electronic index began (1976) there was no index to the newspaper. However, the clipping files maintained by the newspaper for that period have been microfilmed and subject headings have been placed in a computer file. Therefore, it is possible to run a computer search and locate clippings which cover specific topics. However, the citations displayed by this search DO NOT include the date, page and column information, and are NOT considered an index to a newspaper within the definition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES. This coverage of the period 1937-1976 is available from the Courier-Journal & Louisville Times Company and is marketed under the name INFO-KY PASTFINDER.
SIZE OF INDEX:  About 100,000 articles per year are added to the data base.
Grace D. Parch. DIRECTORY OF NEWSPAPER LIBRARIES IN THE U.S. AND CANADA. Newspaper Division, Special Libraries Association, 1976.
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