Ye olde Google News: Stories from the 1700s. This article has details on what appears to be a great new service from Google. Old newspapers can now be searched via Google News. I did a few searches and I like the layout and breadth of articles. Unfortunately, much of the content requires a fee. I have no problem with paying for articles I need but most causal searchers will not. For this reason, Google should allow a filter to remove subscription searches from the results if a searcher desires it. This is definitely worth checking out though and sharing with students.
From the site:
Google News is getting a sense of the past to balance out its relentless focus on the present.
Google Inc. (Charts) has added the ability to search through more than 200 years of historical newspaper archives alongside the latest contemporary information now available on Google News, the market-leading Web search firm said Tuesday.
"The goal of the service is to allow users to explore history as it unfolded," said Anurag Acharya, a top Google engineer who helped develop the news archive search.
"Users can see how viewpoints changed over time for events, for ideas and for people," said Acharya, who also built the Google Scholar service for academic researchers and once was a professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara.