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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Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.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:  1201A Previous Report (1200A)  |  Next Report (1202A)
INDEX NAME:  National Newspaper Index
  • NEW YORK TIMES New York NY 1979-Current
  • WALL STREET JOURNAL New York NY 1979-Current
885 N. San Antonio Rd
Los Altos CA 94022
Telephone: (415) 941-1100 or (800) 227-8431
AVAILABILITY:  A commercially published index available in two formats. (1) 16mm roll microfilm, cumulated monthly, with up to 3 years worth of the index on one roll. (2) On-line data base available through the Lockheed DIALOG System. The basic subscription to the 16mm microfilm, including the microfilm reader and monthly updates costs $1880 per year. At the end of three years, the oldest year worth of index is removed from the microfilm and replaced with a printed index. Contact Information Access Corporation for complete pricing information. Contact Lockheed Information Systems (Code 5020/201, 3215 Hanover St, Palo Alto CA 94304) for pricing of the on-line version of the index.
SCOPE OF INDEX:  All articles in the three newspapers are indexed daily. Names associated with each article or editorial are also indexed. Local news as well as national coverage is noted and bylines are indicated where identified. All evaluations or reviews of products (automobiles, cameras, etc.) in each newspaper are indexed by type of product and product brand names. All reviews (books, movies, drama, TV, records, restaurants, etc.) are indexed and the Newspaper Index reports as a grade (A-F) the reviewers' opinion.
FORMAT OF INDEX:  The microfilm version is offered on 16mm microfilm. It is completely cumulated monthly. The entire alphabetical index for the period Jan 1979 through Dec 1981 will be contained on one roll of film. The film is supplied with a special high-speed microfilm reader (The ROM 3 COM Terminal) which uses an electric motor to quickly move the film to the desired letter of the alphabet. A new roll of film is provided each month. The old roll must be returned to the publisher. Each entry consists of the headline and/or a brief description of the article followed by the citation. The citation includes the name of the paper, volume number, date (month, day, year), section, page, and column. The length of the article in column inches follows the page number. Accompanying illustrations, charts, graphs, tables and portraits are noted.
SIZE OF INDEX:  More than 170,000 entries per year.
1. Brian Aveny. "Competition in news databases", Online, April 1979, p 36."SDI, the database news section", Database, March 1979.
2. "National Newspaper Index to compete with the Information Bank", Online Review, March 1979."National Newspaper Index", Class Online, March 1979.
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