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Living Stories: New from Google Labs

In association with The New York Times and the Washington Post, Google brings us another dynamic and useful tool for student research, Living Stories

Google explains the project’s goals:

The Living Stories project is an experiment in presenting news, one designed specifically for the online environment. The project was developed by Google in collaboration with two of the country’s leading newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

All in one place
Complete coverage of an on-going story is gathered together and prioritized on one URL. You can now quickly navigate between news articles, opinion pieces and features without long waits for pages to load.

Easy to explore
Each story has an evolving summary of current developments as a well as an interactive timeline of critical events. Stories can be explored by themes, significant participants or multimedia.

Smarter reading
Updates to the story are highlighted each time you come back, and older news is summarized.

Living Stories feature readable summaries, timelines, media, and a generous display of categorized links which include quotes, people, editorials, videos, and resources. Users may sort stories by date or relevance and may subscribe to RSS feeds for specific stories. 

Current offerings are a little limited at this point, but they cover important ground:

I’ll be adding Living Stories to my newsy pathfinders, alongside other favorites like:

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is the teacher-librarian at Springfield Township High School, a technology writer, and a blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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