Summer Institute, Research Session – August 4, 2014

This session with Barbara Gray, covered: Clip search tips, people finding tips, and tips on how to find Community District information for your beat. The Databases and guides mentioned in the session can be found on CUNY Research Center site.

Clip Searches, or Article searches: Do this at the beginning of your research for every story.

  • Lexis Nexis Academic: Three most important parts of any database search:
    1. The keywords that you use are important, here’s cheat sheet for searching in LexisNexisand is your most important connector, put it between words or phrases; use hlead( ) to find words in the headline or lead paragraph; put w/# between two keywords and Lexis will find those keywords within/number of words of each other.
    2. Know the date range you are searching. The default search is all dates.
    3. Know what publication(s) you are searching. The default search is usually all publications.
  • Google Search
    • It may be more effective to search Google News or Google Scholar (scholarly articles) rather than to just do a Google Web search. Maybe you should try all three to cover your bases.

In-class example was about this New York Times story: NYC Reviewing Rikers Assaults on 129 Inmates The Lexis search we did was: hlead(rikers island) and assaults and “against inmates” and (guards or officers)

People Finding:  In-class example worked off of a Village Voice article: Ronald Spear’s Death At Rikers: A Host of Disturbing Questions Emerge Some basic ways to find people:

  • Run a clip search to find names of people to contact or clues on how to find them.
  • Try a Spokeo search, which can help you find addresses and names associated with subjects.
  • Try a social media search: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and contact people through these social platforms.
  • Try Reference USA’s white pages, consumers and new movers searches, by name or address.
  • Use LexisNexis Public Records in the Research Center.
  • Use Accurint, ask Barbara Gray to run a search.

Community District/Beat Research, see the Research Center’s Community District Resources Guide

Find demographics and more for a CD or neighborhood NYC’s Department of Planning Community Portal. Click on the “population data” tab. Scroll down to “Research Your Neighborhood.” Then “view district by:”, “NTA” will be for a neighborhood.  You can choose from Demographic, Social or Economic data.

This NYC Map is searchable by address, neighborhood, CD or borough. It will help you find parks, heathcare facilities, schools, etc.

 

Research Center Summer Hours

Hope you are enjoying your summer internships!

The Research Center will be operating on the following Summer schedule:

Monday-Thursday: 10am – 6pm

We will be closed on the following Fridays:

June 27, July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1 and August 8

We will also be closed on the weekends.

If you need any research help, don’t hesitate to ask: research@journalism.cuny.edu 

 

New Trial: PBS Video Collection

We have a new trial available: The PBS Video Collection

The PBS Video Collection assembles hundreds of the greatest documentary films and series from the history of PBS into one convenient online interface.The diverse subject matter of the included films makes this an important collection for the study of history, science, business, technology, performing arts, anthropology, psychology, politics, health, and literature.

You can access this trial via this link: http://search.alexanderstreet.com/pbsv

But, it will only be available until May 17, 2014.

Please let us know if you like this resource, leave a comment or write us an email research@journalism.cuny.edu

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Showcasing Women’s History Month at the Research Center

We’ve updated our Research Center book displays to include titles that celebrate women — all titles are written by/or about women. Check out our Pinterest board, or stop by the Research Center, check one out today.

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Check out our latest trial of Films on Demand

Films on Demand provides digital educational videos spanning a wide range of subjects, from anthropology to world languages to nursing to earth science.

Watch a TED talk on the injunction “Know Thyself with a Brain Scanner” or kick back with Ken Burns as he trains his lens into the life of Mark Twain.

With as many producers and collections as Films on Demand offers, you have videos to keep you occupied for a long, long time.

Our trial ends on March 9th. Start watching now.

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