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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:

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


The Powerful Effects of Short Writing

The upcoming Poynter NewsU Webinar The Powerful Effects of Short Writing will be broadcast on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 2:00pm ET

Can’t attend the live Webinar? We’ll have an archived replay available soon after the live session. Watch it at any time.

Access it for FREE at one of the Research Center terminals.

The One Hour Webinar goes hand-in-hand with How to Write Short and Well where you’ll learn the techniques to write short effectively.

Course Instructor:
Roy Peter Clark is vice president and senior scholar at The Poynter Institute, where he has taught writing since 1979. He is the author of the book Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer and course on Poynter’s NewsU The Writer’s Workbench: 50 Tools You Can Use, and the book The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English. His latest work includes the book Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces and companion course on Poynter’s NewsU, Help! for Writers. He also blogs and chats about writing tools on You can follow him on Twitter at @RoyPeterClark.

New Trial Database: ISI Web of Knowledge

Please check out new database trial, ISI Web of Knowledge. This trial will be available until Wednesday, March 2, 2011.

During this trial, The following products and backyears will be available:

BIOSIS Previews®:  1969-present

Journal Citation Reports® on the Web:
— Science Edition 2008
— Social Sciences Edition 2008

Medline®: 1950 – present

Web of Science:
— Science Citation Index Expandedä 1975-present
— Social Sciences Citation IndexÒ 1975-present
— Arts & Humanities Citation Index® 1975-present
—Conference Proceedings Citation Index™
— Science: 1990-present
— Social Science & Humanities: 1990-present

Zoological Records®: 1978-present

To access this resource, please use the following link: ISI Web of Knowledge, if you are off-campus, you will need to use your library barcode to access this resource.

Please let us know if you find this resource useful, your feedback is much appreciated!

Using Vanderbilt Television News Archive

Looking for news segments?

The Research Center has a subscription to the Vanderbilt Television Archive. It has over 950,000 video news segments, complete with searchable abstracts. The archive includes evening news broadcasts from ABC (August 5, 1968 – present), CBS (August 5, 1968 – present), and NBC (August 5, 1968 – present), as well as FoxNews Reports (January 15, 2004 – present) and CNN since its starting date in 1980. The archive also contains ABC’s Nightline and Special Report coverage. We also have access to 400,000 CNN & NBC segments as well — you can access the service via our Databases A-Z page.

The Vanderbilt Television News Archive also provides a video loan service to individuals interested in viewing the archived materials from ABC, CBS, NBC, and FoxNews. Items ordered through the Vanderbilt Television News Archive Web site are available in DVD format and are eligible for an educational discount.

You may legally stream online or play items from DVDs into the classroom setting as long as it is for educational purposes. If streaming we have set up permalinks for easy quick access to the individual records.

If you have any questions about this resource — please let us know!

Guide to AP Services at the CUNY J-School

Here’s a little introductory guide to using AP Services at the J-School —

Within the first week of the Fall semester, you should have received an email to access to the AP Stylebook Online. If you still have not received your email, or if you need a reminder for your login/password. Please contact the Research Center at

Additionally, you should have received information about AP Exchange in your Craft courses. You can use AP Exchange to search for news stories and daybook assignments. To obtain the login information for this resource, please contact your Craft professor.

Last but not least, if you prefer, you can use Factiva to access the AP Daybook — follow the directions in the following blog post here. If you are off-campus, you will need your library barcode, which is affixed to the back of your ID card. If you do not have a barcode, please come to the Research Center during scheduled hours to obtain one.**

**This applies for all the databases listed on the Databases List.

STAT-USA to cease operations

After September 30, we will no longer have access to STAT-USA. STAT-USA provides vital economic, business, and international trade information, including the National Trade Data Bank, produced by STAT-USA, an agency in the Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

The information available via STAT-USA will still be available, you will just need to search and bookmark particular web links to find it.

To help with the transition, please visit the STAT-USA/Internet Transition page, listed on the STAT-USA homepage before Friday, October 1, 2010.

These links will be archived and saved on our Subject Guides Wiki within the coming weeks for convenience’s sake.

Research Center 101

Welcome Class of 2011!

Today, you’ll learn tips about navigating Lexis Nexis Academic from your research adjuncts. Check back here for handouts from those sessions soon.

In the meantime, here is more information about what the Research Center offers (and returning students, this is your chance for a refresher after the long summer away!)

First, be sure to get your library barcode when you get your J-School ID. Your 14-digit library barcode will serve as your passport to the wealth of information available in our collection and CUNY-wide.

With a valid J-School ID card and library barcode, J-School patrons have access to over 4,000,000 items in the CUNY system through our open access policy. Locally, we have a print collection of over 2,000 items and over 40,000 electronic books, which is accessible on and off campus, in addition to our database collection.

The gateway to all of this information is the Research Center’s homepage:

As soon as you receive an assignment, this is the place to go. You should start by doing a clip search to see what has previously been written about your subject. You’ll learn more about searching in the Lexis Nexis overview this afternoon. But, Lexis Nexis should not be your only stop for searching on a subject.

All of our database subscriptions are listed in alphabetical order under Search Tools — click the Databases A-Z link here. The most commonly used databases are the following: Lexis Nexis Academic, Factiva, Access World News and MasterFILE Premier — this is just  a starting point.

For help in refining your search, check out Database Tutorials and Guides under the Journalist’s Toolbox on the homepage.

With all these databases, it will be helpful to use our full text e-journal search to find which database a certain newspaper or magazine is featured in and what date-range it covers.  The Full Text E-Journal Search link is under Search Tools on the homepage, which also will connect you to the particular database that your journal is indexed within for convenience.

While, these databases cover a lot of information — sometimes you need to go beyond the databases. The Research Center has created guides that address specific research objectives, such as Finding Experts, Navigating, or Finding Legal Information. You can locate them via the Subject Wikis link under the Journalist’s Toolbox on the homepage.

At this point — you may be wondering what about the books? You can search the CUNY+ Online Catalog here. This link is located on the homepage under Search Tools. If you cannot find a title within the J-School collection. You can request books to be delivered from other CUNY libraries, this service is known as CLICS (CUNY Libraries Intra-Campus Delivery Service). If you still cannot find a title within all of CUNY — you can sign up to use our interlibrary loan service, ILLiad. For more information, please check our Interlibrary Loan Services page here.

We also have an extensive collection of e-books that can be accessible under our Search Tools here. You can view these e-books on your laptop on and off campus. These e-books are currently not compatible with any of the e-reader devices.

For up to date information on our resources, this blog is where you’ll find tips and news, for example, check out the following posts on accessing Time Inc. content or AP Daybook via Factiva.

Last but not least, the Research Center staff can assist you directly via phone at 646-758-7728/30; via email at; Twitter; and of course, in person on the 3rd floor of the J-School. Check out our Hours and Schedules page for library hours and closings.