World News Digest

Authoritative World News Coverage from 1940 through Today: Provides Information, Context, and Perspective
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    Presenting more than seven decades of authoritative news summaries and background articles, World News Digest features a wealth of new material and a new, dynamic interface that makes it easier than ever to explore the events that shape our world.

    “News Media Roundups” spotlights timely, hot-button events of the week, linking to a wide range of editorially curated content about each event. “Recent News” features concise, clearly written news summaries that provide indispensable context and perspective on critical current events. “Special Feature” puts an important contemporary subject into historical context and organizes links to relevant material from the database so users can easily find the information they need. “Hot Topics” identifies major issues shaping the world today, and “Landmark Events in History” highlights key events of the past 75 years, from the presidential election of 1940 to the unrest in the Middle East today. “People in the News” and “Countries in the News” provide access to in-depth content and analysis, allowing users to find articles, historical documents, research features, and more about a specific individual or nation. Users can go “Forward in Time” or “Back in Time” to follow a chronological chain of coverage on numerous events, people, countries, and topics. Also, “That Day in History” enables users to search a specific date for all the news that happened on that day.

    For more than 75 years, World News Digest has been a go-to resource for context and background on key issues and events in the news. Hundreds of news sources, governments, and organizations—including CNN, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, Fox News, NPR, the CBC, The Washington Post, Jeopardy!, and the parliaments of Canada and Australia—rely on World News Digest for a broader view of the issues that matter today.


    • Topic-based research support: World News Digest promotes understanding of a topic by combining the latest news with key context and background. It has been the source for authoritative news summaries and background articles since 1940.
    • Exclusive, extensive coverage: World News Digest is packed with more than 300,000 original articles from 1940 to today. These include overviews of historic events, country profiles, historical documents, biographies, research features, special reports, editorials, and editorial cartoons. This rich archive provides a solid foundation for research.
    • News headlines: World News Digest features up-to-the-minute coverage with news articles from Reuters®.
    • Facts and figures researchers can trust: World News Digest offers researchers accurate, objective, and concise coverage of the most vital stories and issues.
    • Information in context: In our age of information overload, World News Digest offers clear and cogent political, economic, and cultural features that give a sense of time, place, and circumstance.
    • News Media Roundups: This feature, found at the top of World News Digest’s home page, spotlights timely, hot-button events of the week, linking to a wide range of editorially curated content about each event, including news articles, social media reaction, videos, editorial cartoons, and infographics.
    • Navigation by topic, landmark event, country, or person: World News Digest’s “Browse News” menu—linking to the “Hot Topics,” “Landmark Events in History,” “Countries in the News,” and “People in the News” sections—allows for a thematic, chronological, geographical, or biographical approach to recent history and current events.
    • Hot Topics: Filterable by subject, readers can use this section of World News Digest to explore the topics most shaping the world today, from abortion and affirmative action to terrorism and voting rights.
    • Landmark Events in History: This section of World News Digest highlights major events, browsable by decade, from 1940 to today, including the attack on Pearl Harbor, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
    • People in the News: This section of World News Digest is ideal for users looking for articles, historic event overviews, historical documents, key biographies, and more about a specific individual.
    • Countries in the News: Browsable by region, this section of World News Digest allows users to access articles, historic event overviews, historical documents, and more by country, with more than 200 nations to explore.
    • That Day in History: This World News Digest feature enables users to search a specific date for all the news that happened that day. Students can find out what took place on their birthdays or other important dates, while researchers can locate upcoming anniversaries of major events or just get a snapshot of all the developments from notable dates in history.
    • 2016 Elections Guide: The one-stop source for complete election coverage, synthesizing in one place everything students and researchers need to know. This vital section in World News Digest provides in-depth analysis of all the candidates who ran, their positions, all the debates and issues, the results, and the transition process—ideal for assignments geared to the 2016 election. It covers:
      • Overview: Read summaries of the major candidates, examining how their stances on key issues evolved over time.
      • Transition: Follow the transition from the Obama administration to the Trump administration, with coverage of the aftermath of the election.
      • Results: Review detailed statistics and electoral maps breaking down the presidential and congressional races.
      • Candidates: See what all the major candidates were up to on the campaign trail.
      • Positions on Issues: Check out where the candidates stood on critical issues.
      • Debates: Examine the key moments of each debate in the nominating process and the general election.
    • Curriculum Tools: This section of World News Digest features writing and research tips for students and educators, including:
      • Advice on analyzing and understanding editorial cartoons, newspaper editorials, historical documents, online sources, and more
      • Guides for presenting research, including avoiding plagiarism, citing sources, summarizing articles, writing and delivering speeches, and writing research papers
      • Educator tools, including advice on assessing students’ speeches, exploring point of view, preventing plagiarism, and using editorial cartoons and newspaper editorials in class.
    • Background and overviews: World News Digest provides crucial overviews and special features summarizing key topics to jump-start research.
    • Authoritative sources: World News Digest features expertly researched and written content distilled from a multitude of carefully selected print and electronic sources to form the essential record of world events.


    • Newspaper editorials and editorial cartoons, adding context and perspective on news events
    • “Forward in Time” and “Back in Time” links for a complete chronological chain of events
    • Key background information such as searchable historical documents and primary sources, country profiles, and obituaries
    • Research Features and in-depth coverage guides on high-interest topics
    • Objective, concise historical and current news summaries
    • World Almanac® and encyclopedia content for facts, figures, and general information behind the news
    • Carefully curated videos and news graphics embedded into coverage of today’s latest developments
    • Google Translate for more than 100 languages
    • Subject-based Search Assist technology
    • Dynamic citations in MLA and Chicago formats, with APA guidelines
    • Read Aloud tool
    • Featured Story widget
    • Searchable Support Center with valuable help materials, how-to tips, tutorials, and live help chat.

    Library Journal Best Database, “Best for High Schoolers” category

    SIIA CODiE Award Finalist, “Best General Reference Service” category

    The ComputED Gazette‘s Best Educational Software Award (BESSIES)

    Library Journal Best Database, Runner-Up, “Best Integration of External Content” category

    “…user friendly…in depth…comprehensive and easy to use…provides a wealth of unbiased information concerning national and international news events and is highly recommended.”
    Reference Reviews

    “…provides a wealth of information and will help students researching for a multitude of assignments.”
    American Reference Books Annual

    “…a must for students obtaining background information on a topic…intuitive for even novice users…”
    Library Journal

    World News Digest: Spotlight on New Editorial Newsfeed

    One of the many highlights of the soon-to-be-relaunched World News Digest will be the addition of an editorial newsfeed featuring current newspaper editorials, many from international sources, via NewsEdge. Read More ›

    World News Digest: Brand-New Video Feature Coming Soon!

    World News Digest will be relaunching for back-to-school, and one of the many highlights will be the addition of a brand-new video feature! For the first time, users will have easy access to extensive historical video footage—from the 1940s through the 2010s—never before contained in the database, bringing decades of key historic events to life. Read More ›

    World News Digest: New & Improved Version Coming Soon

    Infobase is delighted to announce that the award-winning World News Digest database will soon be relaunched, with a completely new design, improved navigation, powerful new functionality, and a wealth of exciting new content—including a brand-new video collection and much more. Read More ›

    World News Digest: 2018 Updates

    World News Digest is continuously updated and enhanced, increasing the educational value of this award-winning resource. Here is a recap of some of the content updates made so far this year. Read More ›

    World News Digest: 2017 Year in Review—Updates and More

    World News Digest has been updated and enhanced throughout the past year, increasing the educational value of this award-winning resource. Recent Updates and Additions: News Media Roundups: Added 340 new collections of various media on breaking news as it occurred; the feature is now searchable, and an index of past coverage was reorganized to make navigation easier for users. Read More ›

    World News Digest: Fight Fake News

    There’s been a lot of buzz about fake news lately, and with the massive amount of information—trustworthy and otherwise—available to ordinary citizens at the touch of a screen, librarians are needed now more than ever. Read More ›

    World News Digest: Help Students Understand the 2016 Election

    The 2016 election was unprecedented and unpredictable. Students are still struggling to understand the electoral process that led to the hotly debated win as well as the issues surrounding the incoming administration, the president-elect’s appointments, and past and future Supreme Court decisions. Read More ›

    World News Digest: New “Week in Review” and More

    Infobase is pleased to announce that exciting enhancements have just been made to World News Digest: new Week in Review and That Day in History features, plus a redesigned home page that brings more of the content in the database front and center. Read More ›

    World News Digest: Spotlight on the 2016 Elections Guide

    Primary season has just begun in the United States, and the U.S. presidential election is a mere nine months away. As the candidates compete for votes in both the Democratic and Republican parties, don’t forget the exceptional coverage of the key events in this year’s campaign that already exists at the fingertips of World News Digest subscribers. Read More ›

    World News Digest: Now New & Improved

    We are delighted to announce that our editors have made extensive enhancements to World News Digest that will greatly improve and streamline your research experience. Read More ›

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