You can access New York Times articles through library subscriptions.
If you have a specific article in mind, make a note of the title, author, and publication date. Depending on your browser settings, some of this information may be hidden by the paywall message.
How to access an article
Use the publication date to decide which collection of New York Times papers to search. (For example, an article from 1920 will be in a different collection than an article from 2020.)
These library collections have digitized versions of the print edition of the paper. Sometimes the same article has a different title in the online edition and the print edition. Sometimes an article is published online a day or two before it's published in print. This make searching for a specific article more challenging. Try using the author's name and a date range instead of a single day in your search.
Here's an example of how this process works. We'll start from this article: https://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/07/upshot/a-child-helps-your-career-if-youre-a-man.html
The URL and text on the page give slightly different information about the article:
- Date: September 6 or 7, 2014
- Author: Claire Cain Miller
- Title: "The Motherhood Penalty vs. the Fatherhood Bonus" or "A Child Helps Your Career, If You're a Man"
On the library record for the New York Times, choose a collection that includes September 2014.
Since we've already come across two different titles for the online article, that's probably not a reliable way to search for the article in a library database. Instead, try using the author's name. You can also search for a date range instead of a specific date - maybe between September 1 and 10 in this case. (The video below shows how to do this search.)
Only one article by Cassandra Cain Miller comes up during that time period: "For Working Mothers, a Price to Pay."
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