Google News Archive Search Home Page Gone

Aug 18, 2011 • 9:29 am | comments (12) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

Google NewsIf you try to access the Google News Archive Search Home page, you will be redirected to the advanced search page at Google News instead of the old Google News Archive Search home page.

The old page, which was around since around 2006 and continually added features through 2010 looked like this:

Google News Archive Home Page

Gary Price tipped me off to this and may have a more official post on this at Search Engine Land on this soon. But the news of this going offline came via Google News Help and Google Web Search Help.

Many users are not happy, here is what some are saying:

I realize that Google stopped adding to its news archive in May, but at least we could still access the archives. Today when I go to the usual link, it defaults to the main Google search page. I use Google News Archives every day and this has me very concerned. Can anyone explain what's up? Thanks...... Dru, Washington, DC

The Google "News Archives" search function has not been working properly for some time now. It used to function normally but for the couple of months at least , when I type in a search key word or phrase in "Archives" section section of 'Google News', regardless of how many page selections come up and appear at the bottom of the first page , I can only access that one first page of selections. If I try clicking on the second or any subsequent pages, it simply returns to first page of selections that was previously shown. What the heck is the point of showing more than one - and usually numerous - page listings,if nobody can access them??? Please Google,get you act together!!!!

When Google shut down their newspaper scanning project, they told Search Engine Land:

Users can continue to search digitized newspapers at http://news.google.com/archivesearch, but we don’t plan to introduce any further features or functionality to the Google News Archives and we are no longer accepting new microfilm or digital files for processing.

I should note, you can see use the feature. For example, here is an news archive search for [jimmy buffett]. You can also use the advanced search page at Google News to get to this information. But the old home page seems to be gone, at least for now.

Forum discussion at Google News Help and Google Web Search Help.

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Comments:

anom

08/18/2011 02:10 pm

The advance search feature does not work when entering in old dates - at least not this morning

SEO Catalysts

08/18/2011 02:39 pm

yeah..its not showing me the older posts.

Joan Neslund

08/19/2011 12:08 am

Google digitized our local newspaper and as a library we use this search function every day.  Nothing we try will search just the archived version of that newspaper anymore. 

john lewis uk

08/19/2011 11:51 am

Advance search feature also not working. I have to check each and every page for checking the ranking of my keywords. As i have to check so many keywords so i don't like this at all:(

Jeff_in_CA

08/19/2011 05:23 pm

As a news researcher I have depended upon Google Timeline extensively. I have found it to be extremely useful and easy to navigate. I have uncovered many, many historical facts with it. I am at a loss to understand why it is being shut down. I will miss it very much, and I don't know what I will do now to replace it.  I am not happy.

Resolute

08/20/2011 02:52 am

Like Jeff in CA, I am definitely not happy about this.  Kind of amazing that a company founded on the basis wanting to organize the world's information and make it available is actively making it harder to find said information.  Talk about losing sight of your core purpose!

Luckyshow

08/20/2011 03:50 am

There seems to be on the left an archives selection. If you begin in regular Advanced search and use 100 for a search (you must click search with something in the window), and then go to news, then on the left click Archives, you will get to a news archive search page and have 100 hits per page. But I see no way to delimit by date nor to choose an individual newspaper title. This makes it virtually useless. If you don't do the order I mentioned above you will only get 10 per page. And if you want it by date, just as with regular Advanced news, "by date" will only stay if you begin with a normal search. Google is pretty screwed up. I think they want us to dummy down.

Luckyshow

08/20/2011 05:42 pm

Absolutely nothing works. You can't put in date limits, the advanced news search does not have the archives in it and the archives now have no such options, no advance setting opportunity. That .../newspapers a link just sends you to the regular Google search page. Google is a bunch of jerks to do this, like politicians, on a Friday, to make it near impossible to contact them. I could sign in as they make me (and made me do it anew and I could never locate or access my old youtube playlists, so I won't sign in at all) But I know they just double-talk anyway. This was not losing money. How exactly would that work? [I read their cost-analysis babbling , do they think if you write a paragraph like that it will drive the disgruntled away?] If anyone has any ideas, a solution,better communication with these jerks, write me at luckyshow@mindspring.com 

Luckyshow

08/20/2011 05:43 pm

Or was it yahoo that screwed up youtube? Everytime they improve something, they make it worse

Cyriaque GRIFFON

08/27/2011 08:43 am

I am a French writer and I had been using googlenewsarchives for a year This was an absolute fantastic tool to me and so helpful for my histoic reaearch regarding the 1955 - 1965 period. I am now back from my holiday and realize that the function has stopped working I am really annoyed It is a shame because this was a fantastic way of enjoying hitory day by day Cyriaque GRIFFON FRANCE

Cyberiaque

08/27/2011 08:43 am

I am a French writer and I had been using googlenewsarchives for a year This was an absolute fantastic tool to me and so helpful for my histoic reaearch regarding the 1955 - 1965 period. I am now back from my holiday and realize that the function has stopped working I am really annoyed It is a shame because this was a fantastic way of enjoying hitory day by day Cyriaque GRIFFON FRANCE

ryan

03/11/2012 05:29 pm

Why do't they sell the information and function to Ancestry.com, familysearch, or archives.org?  It would make perfect sense.  

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