Business Newspapers: Electronic and Free to the JHU Community

Do you love perusing a copy of your favorite business newspaper while sipping a cup of java and planning your conquest of the world—but can’t afford expensive print or online subscriptions? If so, then we’ve got good news for you. Through the Sheridan Libraries website, you can access content from top business publications like The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, and The Financial Times as long as you’re willing to put in a little extra effort and can live with a few limitations.

The most satisfying sources of digital business news mimic their print counterparts. Our principal database for this type of resource is Press Display, a selection of PDF-style images of actual print publications from around the world for the most recent 90-day period. Here you can find The Wall Street Journal Europe & Asia (which are similar to the American version but have only a partial overlap of stories) and Modern Healthcare (the weekly publication about the health care industry). To search a specific title, point at the blue “Select Title” button near the top right of the Press Display home page, click on “alphabetical,” and find your title in the drop-down list. If you type the keyword “business” into the white search box at the top of the page, a list will appear of all of the available publications with that word in the title.

The next-most-favorable format comes to you primarily through our “Core” online business databases, accessible from the Business Research Guide or by directly searching Catalyst by title. These include quite a number of newspapers among their thousands of indexed full-text publications (in HTML format without all the photos, graphs, charts, and advertisements—but you can get market results from other JHU databases anyway). Here are some popular titles and the databases in which they can be found:

If you want to read local and regional business publications from almost anywhere in the country, try the Regional Business News database. Click on the “Publications” link in the blue bar at the top of the home page to search an alphabetical list.

The next category down the pecking order is the “news wire.” News wires consist of continuous feeds of newsworthy items on specific topics. Several of our business directory databases offer this service. Want to read recent news stories about Starbucks? Find the Starbucks listing in Hoover’s Academic and click on “News and Press” in the “Company Index” section. Similar wires are available through Bloomberg Financial Service (Available only from dedicated Bloomberg terminals), LexisNexis Academic, Economist Intelligence Unit, Mergent Online, Value Line Investment Survey, and DataMonitor 360.

So turn on your iPad or laptop, pour yourself a mug of joe, and start browsing!

About Alan Zuckerman

Librarian for Business.

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