Critical Mention is live again!

February 3rd, 2011 by Jack

You should now be able to get into Critical Mention without any username and password.  Remember, this is the database we used Tuesday to get closed captioning.  Make sure to use the “new advanced search” template when you access it.  Compared to Nexis and Factiva, the advantages to Critical Mention are:

  • There are many more networks and channels available, and it’s not just limited to news programming.
  • The closed captioning is loaded into the database much more quickly than transcripts are loaded into Nexis and Factiva.
  • Video is also available.

The disadvantages are:

  • Content goes back only one month, as opposed to many years for the transcripts available in Nexis and Factiva.
  • The closed captioning is much less accurate than the transcript services, and it’s not well formatted the way transcripts are.

 Anyway, take advantage of this great resource!

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