Google Expands Magazine Search Functionality

By Peter Young

Within the Google Book Search facility, a wide range of publications are available, however despite the number of resources online, only a small handful of those are magazines.

However things are changing. Google have announced an initiative to bring a vast number of magazine archives and current publications online. This will involve digitising millions of articles from an array of previously offline periodicals such as the New York Magazine, Popular Mechanics, and Ebony (to name a few).

For example, using the example from the official Google Blog. Performing a search for [hank aaron pursuing babe ruth’s record] will return the 1973 Ebony article about Hank Aaron in all its ‘original’ glory—even allowing you to view the 1973 fall fashions. Reading further will allow you to ‘Browse all issues’ meaning you have access to a wide range of Ebony articles from across the decades.