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Gale is a very large American educational publisher of multiple research databases. Gale access includes Gale Academic OneFile, Gale General OneFile, Gale eBooks, Gale OneFile: News, Gale In Context: Biography, Gale Primary Sources, NewsVault, and The Times Digital Archive.
Newspapers.com includes more than 73 million pages from 3,000+ newspapers. The collection includes some major newspapers for limited periods (e.g., 50 years of the New York Times), but mostly consists of US regional papers from the 1700s to the late 1980s. Free accounts through the Wikipedia Library include access to Newspapers.com Publisher Extra content.