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Manhattan Mercury: how do I search for full text articles?
How do I find full text articles from the (Manhattan) Mercury? With some difficulty... but the contents are available if you are willing to take the time. The newspaper’s own website, http://themercury.com/ offers a window for full-text searching, but results (back to 1997) feature only the title, date, number of words, and no full-text story without a fee. Under its Archives, the Mercury links readers doing geneological research to other commercial vendors, and cautions that searching its own site only includes local content, not Associated Press articles.
Using K-State Libraries’ Search It, you may be convinced you’ve found a full text source if you link from this record through Get It to “EBSCOhost Newspaper Source Plus (available from 2010)”. You can open each issue for browsing and copying, but be cautious in assuming a keyword search within this database covers all the Mercury articles. A recent search for “Jayhawks” and got 46 titles, but “elections” retrieved none!
The Mercury and its predecessors recorded Manhattan events back to 1909. The most effective retrospective search you can do now is to examine microfilm copies available from K-State Libraries. Ask at Hale Library Help for the roll of microfilm that corresponds to the approximate date you are interested in. Ask for the name(s) and date(s) of the newspaper issues using the list below as a guide:
- Daily Nationalist 1909-1914
- Manhattan Daily Nationalist 1914-1926
- Manhattan Mercury and the Manhattan Daily Nationalist 1926-1943
- Manhattan Mercury Chronicle 1943-1954
- Manhattan Mercury 1954-2012
- Mercury 2012 -
Library staff are happy assist with loading the micofilm, navigating the articles, printing & saving to a USB drive.