Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Resources: Chicago Examiner

The Chicago Public Library has digitized much of William Randolph Hearst's Chicago Examiner (1908-1918). The format may take some getting used to, and the presentation is heavily image-oriented, but the digitized text is searchable. (Hat tip: Internet Scout Report.) Check out the library's other collections while you're there.

My idea of a good citation to this source: "Article," Chicago Examiner, Tuesday 30 February 1912, p. 2, col. 2; digital image, Chicago Public Library (http://www.chipublib.org/images/examiner/index.php : accessed 30 February 2012).

Comment: Thoughtful researchers will keep in mind that early 20th-century journalism was at least as unprofessional as early 21st-century journalism, but in different ways. In plain language, if Hearst published an item of information, it may well have been false or sensationalized or both.

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