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Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry: News Sources

Why use news sources?


News sources can be right up to date, written yesterday, or even earlier today.  They help give an understanding of the mood of public feeling on an issue, rather than just the academic view.Image of international newspapers

Bear in mind that some newspapers are considered to be more reliable than others.  In addition all newspapers have a viewpoint which they will want to promote.  If you find information, think about whether or not it is unbiased.  You may have good reason to use a sensational article, or one which is biased, but you will need to comment on why you have used it, and justify your inclusion.

If you are using news film or sound in your assignment, it should still be referenced, in the same way as a written source.

News sources

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is a web based database of hundreds of regional, British, European and International newspapers.

Financial Times logo   Access - If you are a first time user, sign up via the link with your University email address and then log in with your University username and password.  You will then be asked to register

Once registered, users can log in with your University username and password.

Aston University's subscription includes:

  • Unlimited access to articles and tools
  • Daily email briefings on topics and sectors
  • Independent research and analysis on industries and countries
  • 8 year archive of FT news and analysis
  • The Lex Column
  • Access to videos, blogs, market data, interactive charts
  • Access to case studies, in depth reports and special reports
  • Commenting and sharing - the FT's annotation tool to add depth to classroom discussions
  • FT web app - instant access to on your smartphone or tablet

The FT have a web app, mobile website and Android app. For more information see FT Apps & Mobile. Comment and sharing of articles does not work using the iPad web app.

 The Library provides online access to the Financial Times via two research databases:

Nexis UK  -
*Please note* There is a one month embargo on the latest issues

  • Choose the Sources tab
  • Choose Find sources
  • Type in Financial Times
  • Choose Find Sources
  • Click the name of the newspaper you want from the list (e.g. Financial Times [London])
  • Choose the OK - Continue button

The Financial Times is now listed in your source box and you can search across the back file of newspaper. 

Proquest (ABI Inform Complete)
*Please note* there is a one month embargo on the latest issue

  • Choose Publications on the top toolbar
  • Type in The Financial Times
  • Click the title in the results list
  • You can now search within the publicationImage of FT stickers



The Library provides access to The Economist direct from the publisher.

Economist articles can also be searched via Business Source Complete but there is a one month embargo on current issues

*WARNING* If you are accessing from off-campus and run a search on a topic, article results will open in a new tab.  This loses authentication and restricts your access to the full text.  This is a problem with the set up at  They are aware of the issue and are working to resolve it with the assistance of University Libraries across the UK.   If you are off-campus please access The Economist articles by right clicking on the article title and opening the content in a New Window

Screenshot of the process described above. The right-click menu has been opened and the Open Link in New Window option selected



Articles from The Economist are available from 1992 onwards.  Please note; pictures, tables and other graphics will be limited.

Regional Business News incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.  This is accessible via our subscription to Business Source Complete

TV & radio programme sources

BBC News

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