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Each topic page collects all the news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files published on topics ranging from Madonna to Myanmar. This treasure trove is available without charge on articles going back to 1981.Read More...
For decades, The Times has not only been a newspaper, but a premier research tool, available in virtually every library around the country through the Times Index, which dates back to 1851.Topic pages extend that rich tradition into the Internet age, offering archival material on more than 14,000 subjects.
On a smaller number of pages, a deeper level of material has been added: short introductory essays, selections of Highlights From the Archives and topic Navigators to help readers find their way to the best available online resources. These include documents selected by The Times's research department, along with recommended websites and blogs and selected articles from other publications. A growing number of pages also include book lists, with links to Times book reviews.
You can find Topic pages in a number of ways: by clicking on hyperlinked terms within articles (those in blue type); through the alphabetical index at the top of this page; by using the website search bar, or through special links placed on the home page or in an inset box on the left of an article page.
On each Topic page there are tools to help you find what you need. At the bottom of each is a box for searches within the archives on that subject. Also, under the article summaries on many pages you will find sets of related terms: clicking on a term brings the subset of stories having to do with both subjects. At the bottom of each topic page you will find tools that will allow you to sign up for RSS feeds or e-mail alerts.
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The harsh and stagnant dictatorship in Syria at first seemed immune to the wave of unrest that swept through most of the Arab world after the revolution in Tunisia in January 2011. But in mid-March, demonstrations broke out in several cities, and grew rapidly after security forces fired on protesters.