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The Internet makes it possible to directly access a large number of newspapers, both national and international. In addition, some journals and magazines, both academic and nonacademic, may be read, in whole or in part, online. Some of these publications are free while others must be paid for. This page provides links to sources which will make it possible to locate some of the serials you are most likely to want.

Newspapers and Magazines

The Christian Science Monitor
This online version of the national newspaper is both highly accessible and free. Although pages are "busy," they are designed in such a way as to be easy to navigate. Your first visit will require a little practice in devising the best way to conveniently access articles, but it is worth the effort. Also contains audio files.

The Internet Public Library contains two excellent pages that guide the visitor to thorough, well-annotated lists of
Online Newspapers From Around the World
with links to papers from Albania to Zimbabwe. Not only is it possible to browse these papers, but they are also searchable, by author, publisher, and location. Where other sites that provide links to international newspapers confine the selections to English, the IPL offers numerous links to papers printed in the local language. If you have the requisite language skill, this can be a treasure trove of material. The
Online Magazines and Journals
page of the IPL2 gives access to over 3,000 conventional and electronic magazines as well as serials that may be browsed and searched by subject or title. Over 150 categories make browsing simple and unusually efficient.

ELECTRONIC TEXTS, BOOKS, ZINES
While some of the texts at this site are not as accessible as they could be and the site also includes materials for sale, the large majority of the information is quite useable. Of special interest are links to electronic journals, newsletters, and magazines as well as text of books and plays. This is an excellent encyclopedic coverage of the subject.

World Newspapers, Magazines, and News Sites in English
This is an excellent, accessible list of papers from around the world. Browsable but not searchable.

All You Can Read
Provides links to over 28,000 world newspapers (many that are the same as in sources described above) and magazines. Some of the links to magazines, such as Sports Illustrated, simply take you to a site which is affiliated with the magazine but will not permit you to read the publication. Nonetheless, you may be surprised how many publications can be read. Browsable and searchable.

Thousands of Newspapers on the Net
There are thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world at your finger tips, including both United States and international papers. The selection of magazines is not nearly as robust. Browsable but not searchable.

All Newspapers.com
Although very cluttered and with a design that could be far more screen reader friendly, this site, nonetheless, offers so much that it is worth the additional effort. links to news sites, newspapers, magazines, news agencies, international newspapers, radio and live tv stations can be found here. Searchable.

Access My Library
An outstanding storehouse that provides FREE access to over 30 million articles from top publications available through your library. The complete texts of many articles are available in a form accessible to screen readers. The site includes periodicals in
Business
History
Humanities
Languages and Linguistics
Literature and Writing
Music
and
Philosophy and Religion
The above pages also contain RSS feeds so that you can keep up with new publications of interest.

Past Issues of American Heritage
While the online version of American Heritage is only available for a charge, bacArticles from past issues of the magazine are available for free. Although sections of the site are clearly difficult to navigate for a screen-reader, these past articles are quite accessible. A helpful search feature is also available.

United Press International
"UPI delivers the latest headlines from around the world: Top News, Entertainment, Health, Business, Science and Sports News." Site is somewhat cluttered for a screen-reader, however, you are getting the latest up-to-the-minute news.

Earl: An App Providing Access to Over 300 Newspapers Through Speech
This podcast from AppleVis "introduces Earl, a new app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. [It] demonstrates how you can have Earl read to you from nearly 300 newspapers worldwide by tapping the screen of your device and speaking a few commands, without having to use the screen or VoiceOver gestures."

Searching for Scholarly Literature

Find Articles
An excellent site which may be either browsed or searched. It provides easy access to a staggering amount of research in newspapers and magazines around the world. Indispensible for the serious researcher. The site has been revised recently so it is much more accessible for the visually impaired visitor.

IngentaConnect
Ingenda bills itself as "the world's largest website for the search and delivery of research articles." It offers access to over 4.5 million articles, chapters, reports and more. Although the complete text versions may not always be available for free, typically individual subscribers, or individuals within institutions that subscribe, can access the full text of their publications for free. Subject areas include: agriculture, arts and humanities, biology and life sciences, chemistry, computer and information sciences, earth and environmental sciences, economics and business, engineering and technology, mathematics and statistics, medicine, philosophy and linguistics, physics and astronomy, psychology and psychiatry, and social sciences.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research. Google Scholar aims to sort articles the way researchers do, weighing the full text of each article, the author, the publication in which the article appears, and how often the piece has been cited in other scholarly literature. The most relevant results will always appear on the first page. In most cases, you can read the articles online. But, if the actual text isn't in Google's index, you'll find links to help you track down the work at your local library. To get a clearer understanding of how the engine works, visit
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The Online Books Page: Serials
This site has links to over 100 serials. Most are only a partial list of issues published. Most serials are highly specialized, probably most appropriate for a graduate student or a college professor's research. There are, however, some well-known scholarly publications which may be of more general use: American Economic Review; American Political Science Review; Atlantic Monthly; Congressional Globe; Congressional Record, Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States; Journal of Abnormal Psychology,; Mother Jones; North American Review; San Francisco Chronicle; San Francisco Examiner; and Scientific American are typical serials. There are also the proceedings of several state historical societies and scientific journals. The older journals exist as an image file, while the more modern are HTML documents.

The History Cooperative
The History Cooperative is a pioneering nonprofit humanities resource offering top-level online history scholarship. It provides free access to a number of professional journals, conference proceedings, and papers, most easily accessible to a screen-reader. Although the material is highly specialized, it is both searchable and browsable.

Educational Articles

Education Week
This site provides access to electronic versions of Education Week and Teacher Magazine. Current news, state specific information, special reports, and free newsletters are featured. Free two week trial is available. Both searchable and browseable.

HighBeam Research
The site has an archive of more than 35 million documents from over 3,000 sources -- a vast collection of articles from leading publications, updated daily and going back as far as 20 years. You can save your searches, save articles and set up alerts to save time and increase your efficiency. You must be a paid member to access most of the site, and, while very useful, it could be more screen reader friendly.

The AER Report
The AER Report is the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impairedís quarterly newsletter covering practical topics related to education and rehabilitation of people who are blind and visually impaired as well as ongoing association activities. It is available in text, word, and as a PDF. The organization also publishes the
AER Journal: Research and Practice in Visual Impairment and Blindness
which is a quarterly publication that provides information on excellent research that can be applied in a practical setting. The journal also features best practice examples that contain enough detail to be implemented by other practitioners. You must be a member to view it.

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