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News on the Web (NOW)

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UBC faculty and graduate students may also request access to a downloadable version of NOW.

The NOW corpus contains 15.7 billion words of data from web-based newspapers and magazines from 2010 to the present. The corpus grows by about 180-200 million words of data each month (from about 300,000 new articles), or about two billion words each year (description from

Among other features, the web interface allows for frequency searches (e.g. by year or month) and comparisons across subsets of the corpus (e.g. by period or country).

A downloadable version of NOW is also available for faculty and graduate student research from Abacus, UBC Library's data repository. The downloadable corpus contains data from 2010 to August 2022.


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English; Journalism; Linguistics

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