Google has announced that Google News has archive search to help users search for events, people, and ideas over different periods of time. When users search for an historical event or person, they will see relevant articles related to their query, and they will be able to browse an historical timeline to get a broader overview of the results. Articles related to a story or theme within a given time period are grouped together to allow users to see more perspectives on the events.
Users can also narrow their searches to specific time periods or publications of interest. Users can search archives from Google News by clicking on the 'News Archive Search' link. For selected queries, users of Google web search may also see links to the top three related articles from the news archives integrated at the bottom of the result page. The service is being launched on the news.google.com domain and enables searching of articles in English as well as articles in a number of other languages.
Archive Search includes freely available articles from sources such as TIME.com, The Guardian, and others, as well as snippets of articles available for a fee or via a subscription, such as those from news organizations like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. Newsweek Interactive, and from news aggregators like AccessMyLibrary.com from Thomson Gale, Factiva, HighBeam Research, LexisNexis and others. When searching news archives, results are ranked based on relevance.