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Stayin’ Alive: Electronic Sources of The Plain Dealer

Though its demise was erroneously predicted several years ago, Cleveland’s last major newspaper, The Plain Dealer, is still alive and available electronically. Here’s where members of the CWRU School of Law community can read it in full-text:

The Plain Dealer: Online edition of Cleveland Ohio’s largest newspaper (via Cleveland.com) (Current issue). Format: HTML.
Access: Freely available via the internet.

Cleveland.com also links  to The Plain Dealer’s archive which “contains staff-written and other selected articles from June 1st, 1991 to the present.”  Searching this version of the archives is free, but users must pay $2.98 per full-text article.  Good news for the CWRU community:  This same archive is available to us at no cost via the Newsbank source below.

NewsBank: Access World News: Plain Dealer, The (6/1/1991-Current). Updated: Daily. Format: HTML.
Access: Campus wide; VPN.

Westlaw (Classic): PLDLCL and WestlawNext (Coverage begins 6/1991 – current day). Access: Law School Users with Westlaw Passwords.

The Plain Dealer (Historical) Source: America’s Historical Newspapers (Readex). (Coverage: April 07, 1845 – May 31, 1991). Format: PDF images. Additional issues are being added gradually. The link to the paper is the 4th item from the left on the menu tab.
Access: Campus wide; VPN.

Though selected articles can be found in combination files within LexisNexis’ law school plan and LexisNexis Academic, the full newspaper is no longer provided to academic and law school subscriptions at the publisher’s request (per LexisNexis’ help desk).