VCU Libraries now offers free Wall Street Journal access and teaching tools

January 25, 2024

VCU Libraries now offers the VCU community free, unlimited access to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) via the Wall Street Journal Higher Education Program. This subscription is similar to the VCU Libraries’ New York Times subscription in that users can sign up with their VCU email address to access articles, videos, podcasts and more. 

Not only do readers get access to this definitive news source, the program provides many resources for teaching faculty. 

To create an account, go to and sign in using your VCU login. Users have the option of signing up as a student (an expected graduation date must be provided), staff or professor.

If a student or faculty/staff subscriber has a personal WSJ subscription and would like to convert it to their VCU subscription, call 1-800-JOURNAL to cancel. 

All subscribers can sign up for newsletters on a variety of topics such as news, financial markets, politics and technology. Podcasts and videos are also available, as are several challenges including the WSJ Networking Challenge and WSJ Money Challenge.  

The subscription also includes resources specifically for instructors, including how-to guides on incorporating content into courses and workshops hosted by a WSJ academic coordinator. 

Teaching tools for instructors include:

  • WSJ Context that builds custom reading lists for courses. 
  • The Assessment Tool creates customizable quizzes on current events, published every week. 
  • Critical Thinking Resources offers curated collections of timely stories and thought-provoking discussion questions. 
  • The Weekly Review newsletter summarizes the most important news from your discipline and ways to turn these stories into lessons.

This resource is listed on the VCU Libraries A-Z database list. 

If you have questions about access or using this resource in class settings, contact Business and Public Affairs Collections Librarian Valerie Glenn at or Business Research Librarian Janet Reid at

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