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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Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.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:  1082A Previous Report (1081A)  |  Next Report (1083A)
INDEX NAME:  Globe and Mail Information System
  • THE GLOBE & MAIL Toronto ONT 1977(Nov 14)-Current
444 King St, W.
Toronto ONT M5V 2S9
Telephone: (416) 361-5075
AVAILABILITY:  A computer-based newspaper text retrieval system which is made available to other institutions on a subscription plus basis. The subscriber must have the necessary terminals and telephone service to access the computer data base located at the newspaper. Contact the Globe and Mail for pricing.
SCOPE OF INDEX:  The full text of all news stories are entered into the data base. Omitted are advertising and stock market quotations.
FORMAT OF INDEX:  An electronic (computer-based) index, in which the entries consist of the full text of the original news story, supplemented by the following additional information: ACCESSION NUMBER; DATE OF PUBLICATION; PAGE & COLUMN #; NUMBER OF WORDS IN THE STORY; HEADLINE; BY-LINE; TYPE OF STORY (news, sports, editorial, letter, etc.); PLACE STORY WAS WRITTEN; ILLUSTRATION; NAME OF NEWS SERVICE; and WORDS OF ENHANCEMENT which may be added to the text in order to correct errors, bring out additional topics only alluded to,...etc. A typical search usually requires about three words and brings results in 10 to 15 seconds. The complete text of the story is shown on the video screen. The user may use any of the words in the story and/or any of the additional information as "keywords" in having the computer perform the search. These "keywords" may be joined together using any of the logical combinations of AND, OR, NOT which are associated with computer searches. Hard copy printouts of desired stories can be produced automatically if equipment is available, or the user can use the citation to locate the story on microfilm. The citation is a combination of the ACCESSION NUMBER assigned to the story and the PAGE & COLUMN NUMBER which were added to the data base at the time the story was entered into the computer.
SIZE OF INDEX:  The full text of some 300 or less news stories are entered into the system on an average day. Present technology will allow an estimated 5 to 7 years of full stories to be "on line" at any time.
1. "Computerized Storage and Retrieval of Newspaper Stories at the Globe and Mail Library, Toronto, Canada", Special Libraries, Feb 1977, p 57-61
2. Grace D. Parch. DIRECTORY OF NEWSPAPER LIBRARIES IN THE U.S. AND CANADA. Newspaper Division, Special Libraries Association, 1976.
SAMPLE ILLUSTRATION:  No sample computer printout has been provided to accompany this report.
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