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COMM 1315: Introduction to Speech Communication

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Your team will be researching what happened on the day of a team member's birth using library databases and other credible sources. Remeber that the newspaper date will be 1 day AFTER the birthdate.

Your group will need to gather information about:

  • politics,
  • weather,
  • movies,
  • sports, and
  • community spotlight

Databases with Newspapers

Newspapers on Microfilm

We have microfilm for these newspapers covering the 1990s and into the present.  We also have other papers with earlier coverage.

How to find microfilm

  • Go to the microfilm cabinets or the periodicals desk (2nd floor) for help
  • Look for one of the titles above.
  • Find a roll that contains your birthday
  • Ask for help using microfilm reader
  • Find the day after your birthday
  • You can print from reader if you have money on your Buff Gold Card

Researching your community

American Fact Finder will NOT have data for the target date. Check with your instructor to find out if you should research 1990, or the most recent 2010 data.

Finding Historical Weather Information

There are a few different ways that you can find out what the weather was like on the day you were born:

1). If you find a print or microfilm copy of a newspaper published on the day you were born, you should be able to get the forcasted weather for that day. This is especially true if the newpaper was published in the city or area you were born. 

2). If a newspaper isn't available for your community from your date of birth, you can also search in the New York Times archives. If you select "on this date" from the drop-down menu next to "publication date" and enter your birthday, and select "weather" in the "document type" box, you should be able to find a national forcast for that day which will allow you to approximate the weather in your area on that day.

3). You can also find past weather through the National Weather Service by following the instruction on the linked page.