TITLE: Hispanic/Latino News Service

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The Hispanic/Latino News Service is a well-organized clearinghouse and free abstracting service that points to Latino-related news articles published on the Web. In existence since May 1998, it has fast become one of the leaders in collecting and presenting current US Latino news on the Internet. Webmaster Markos Alberto Moulitsas Z˙˝iga, a third-year law student at Boston University School of Law, updates the site each weekday by browsing major online English-language news sites (such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and the LA Times) and a large number of regional online newspapers, looking for US Latino-oriented news stories to abstract and link. In January 1999, a Spanish-language section was introduced to the Web site, covering original Spanish-language news articles from online sources such as Miami's El Nuevo Herald (http://www.elherald.com/) and Chicago's La Raza (http://www.laraza.com/), an excellent online newspaper that covers many different US Latino and Latin American groups. The Spanish-language section of the Hispanic/Latino News Service is current but not updated daily, due to the fact that online US Latino newspapers in Spanish tend to be weeklies. Thus, the site's current news in English covers the present week, while the Spanish current news section includes about three weeks of material. Archives are new to the site and date back only to mid-January 1999, with links no longer active; full bibliographic citations are also missing, making it necessary for scholarly users or librarians to do a few minutes of minor Web sleuthing to verify such things as dates, authors, and URLs.

Besides individual newspapers, other noteworthy electronic sources of US Latino news include the Latino On-line News Network (http://www.latnn.com/), which provides its own original news articles in Spanish or English, and the subscription database Ethnic NewsWatch, the unsurpassed leader that provides original full-text (and mostly Spanish language) articles from over twenty Latino publications. Of these three sources, the Hispanic/Latino News Service may have the broadest appeal for those lacking library access to Ethnic NewsWatch, and particularly for those who do not read Spanish. Overall, the currency and online accessibility of the Hispanic/Latino News Service make it a vital and attractive resource for all libraries interested in US Latino viewpoints and issues.

Susan A. Vega Garcia
Iowa State University
February 25, 1999

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