The New York Times now features a very useful research tool: Times Topics. Times Topics complied more than 14,000 subjects, ranging from popular topics such as Credit Crisis and Sarah Palin. Each topic page aggregates all the news, reference and multimedia information into one space. This is a free service, but if you want to access material before 1981, there is a charge. For older materials, please use Historical NY Times via CUNY Databases.
The Times’ research department is responsible for this addition, and they also select and recommend websites, blogs and other articles from other publications, and book lists for further reference.
You can find your specific topic page through a variety of different methods. There is an alphabetical index at the top of the page, labeled “Browse all Topics.” If you click on the letter A, you will see an alphabetical listing of all topics starting with the letter A. You can also use the NYTimes.com search feature, and enter your topic. If you enter “immigration,” your first search result will link you to the Times Topics immigration page.
Additionally, there is the option on each topic page that will allow you to sign up for RSS feeds to Google Readers or Bloglines, or e-mail alerts to your email account.