World news Connection

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The World News Connection is a foreign news service from the U. S. Government that offers an extensive array of translated and English-language news and information. Particularly effective in its coverage of local media sources, WNC provides you with the power to identify what really is happening in a specific country or region. Compiled from thousands of non-U. S. media sources, the information in WNC covers significant socioeconomic, political, scientific, technical, and environmental issues and events.

The information is obtained from full text and summaries of newspaper articles, conference proceedings, television and radio broadcasts, periodicals, and non-classified technical reports. New information is entered into WNC hourly every day. Generally, this information is available within 24-72 hours from the time of original publication or broadcast.

  • Regional categories covered include:
  • Africa (Central, East, North, Southern, West)
  • Americas (Caribbean, Central, North, South, Antarctica)
  • Asia (East,South, Southeast)
  • Eurasia (Caucasus, Central, Russia)
  • Europe (Balkans, Central, North, South)
  • Middle East
  • Oceania

These regions were covered in the past by the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, and which are available in our Government Documents collection in microfiche cabinets, with a call number of PrEx7.10:FBIS. Additional information on the FBIS Daily Reports is available online.

The World News Connection is accessible to the Middlebury College community at http://wnc.dialog.gov.

Once you have logged in the following main menu screen will appear: WNC1.jpg If you choose a Simple Search the following screen will appear: WNC2.jpg If you don't limit your search by publication date then the entire database will be searched, retrieving articles as far back as July 1995.

If you choose to do an Advanced Search the following screen will appear WNC3.jpg For each search term you type you may limit search results:

  • In/Not In
  • Fields: any, title, source, region
  • Operators: AND, OR, BUT NOT, ADJ, WITHIN 5, WITHIN 10, WITHIN 25, WITHIN 50
  • You may also limit search results by date and sort results by WNC Entry Date, Publication Date, Title or Source:

If you click on Region/Topic Search from the main page the following screen will display: WNC4.jpg If you would like to retrieve and print the full text of cited articles you may click on the small box on the left side of the Article Title column to place an X in the box. Then at the bottom of the list, click on the Retrieve Selected Articles box and the screen will display the beginning of the full text of the articles.

Click on the Print box at the top of the screen to print the articles to an attached printer or save to a file.


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