Many ways to use newspaper database

March 27, 2009

Do you read the Washington Post? Al Watan? Wall Street Journal Asia? These newspapers and hundreds of others can be read online in their original format, from the powerful news database PressDisplay. The database includes newspapers from 81 countries in 37 languages, preserved in digital format and is available to all Penn State students, faculty and staff. As an educational tool, PressDisplay offers many opportunities for teaching and learning across a wide range of disciplines, from language learning to business. The following are some ways in which students and faculty can make use of PressDisplay:

Teaching/learning a language: Many news stories include a sound version, which is helpful to students learning a foreign language. In addition, users often have the option of translating a story into as many as seven languages.

International studies: The database offers an effective way to monitor news events in other parts of the world that U.S. newspapers might not cover in depth, or miss completely.
Journalism: Students can use the database to compare coverage of the same news story in multiple newspapers, study page layout and design, and look for local coverage of national news events.
Visual literacy: Looking for photographs or advertisements? Look for them in the pages of the newspapers from around the world.

International students and education abroad students: Many international students appreciate having a newspaper in their own language to read and browse. Also, students planning a semester or year overseas can get a head start on familiarizing themselves with the host country or city through its newspaper.

Business, management and financial news: Students can keep abreast of global developments through reading the business pages of daily newspapers from around the world.

For more information on how PressDisplay can help in your teaching or learning, contact Debora Cheney, head, News and Microforms Library and Foster Communications Librarian, 814-863-1345/ You can access the database from the Libraries' A to Z database list: For help on how to use the database, go to


Last Updated April 29, 2009