The McPherson Public Library now has available online a resource which provides full-text content from over 1,500 local, state and national newspapers.  NewsBank includes recent and back issues from The McPherson Sentinel and thirty other Kansas newspapers.  The database also covers some 1,500 other newspapers across the United States.
People searching for news and information about other parts of the country, genealogists looking for obituaries or family members, people looking for sports scores, historians doing research, and a great many others will find this resource to be invaluable.
Library patrons using NewsBank have the option of browsing individual issues of a particular newspaper or searching for subjects or keywords in a group of newspapers – or the entire database.  Coverage dates for each newspaper vary, but the average start date is around the year 2000.
“We provide other newspaper databases for use by our patrons that include the big-name newspapers,” said library director Steve Read, “but NewsBank is unique in that it not only includes the big names but coverage of a great many smaller newspapers as well.  We are very impressed by the Kansas newspaper titles in NewsBank.”  A complete source list of newspapers included is available in the database.
NewsBank also includes archive video feeds from some network television stations, such as KAKE in Wichita and WIBW in Topeka.
To access NewsBank visit the library or visit the library web site at, then select the Search Databases menu option.  Persons using the database from outside the library must have a McPherson Public Library borrower’s card to login.  For more information, call the library at 245-2570.