Researching Local Topics: News
Local News Sources
Local news is where local issues are discussed.
- Be sure to keep in mind bias in news sources. Because of bias, try to read from a variety of sources and use the new evaluation criteria from the library's News research guide.
- Be sure to read newspaper articles carefully. Oftentimes, the reporter will include people, organizations or companies that are proponents or opponents to a particular issue or debate. These names may be useful in your continued research.
- You may have to use Google to search for these local sources (i.e. Maui Now or Maui Time).
- If you need a Maui News article that is locked behind a pay wall, ask a librarian.
Local News Search Engine
Use this Google search widget to find articles from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Maui News, Maui Now and Lahaina News.
Library News Databases
Maui News Archives
The Maui News is newspaper covering the island of Maui which is published three times a week. The paper includes local news, sports, weather, wedding announcements, obituaries, and classified ads.
Note: Please ask our library staff for assistance with current articles that are behind a paywall or for back newspaper issues on microfilm.
Full Text Articles Online - August 29, 2004 - present
Full Text Articles Online - Feb. 17, 1900 - Dec. 29, 1922
Chronicling America: The Maui News
Indexed Articles (print or microfilm)
1900 - 1973
The Index to The Maui News (this is a three volume set) - [Call Number: AI21 .M3 1985]
- Volume 1 covers 1900-1932
- Volume 2 covers 1933-1950
- Volume 3 covers 1951-1973
View all three volumes of The Index to The Maui News online at: http://go.hawaii.edu/4gP
Use the following databases to search for Hawaiian newspapers available online.
Papakilo Database - Search Newspapers
This is a digital collection of historic Hawaiian Newspapers. This collection contains 11,934 issues comprising 58,612 pages and 379,918 articles.
This is a collection of historic Hawaiian-language newspapers published between 1834 and 1948. The newspaper images can be retrieved by word search, title, or date.
News Evaluation Strategies
Start by Asking Yourself These Questions
- Is the information coming from a scholarly or commercial source?
- Does the author present facts objectively or draw opinion-based conclusions?
- Is the message positive, negative, or both?
- In addition to detecting any bias of the source, consider your own reactions and the factors that may impact how you interpret the information.
- Read past the headline. Is the sensational headline just a hook to grab your attention?
- Does the content of the article match the headline? If not, be extra skeptical when evaluating the source and its message.
- How are other sources reporting the same story?