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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.

Looking for Time Inc. periodicals? Read on…

You may have read the recent post by Jack Styczynski, Research adjunct here at the CUNY J-School regarding Time Inc. and EBSCO exclusivity deal and what it means to research.

What does this mean for you?  Well, if you are searching for articles in Time, People, Sports Illustrated, and other Time Inc. periodicals, you’ll need to search beyond Lexis Nexis and Factiva — these titles are no longer available through those databases anymore.

You can use the Full Text E-Journals link, which is also located on the Research Center’s homepage under Search Tools, you can type in the title and it will direct you to the appropriate database. This goes for all periodicals (not just Time Inc. ones)

Or you can search directly in the following EBSCO databases, I have noted the more comprehensive databases for your convenience:

Academic Search Complete

Business Source Complete

MasterFILE Premier

E-Books @ NYC Public Libraries

As many of you are aware,  you have access to close to 46, 000 e-book titles through the CUNY J-School Research Center. Here’s the handy link:

E-Books @ CUNY J-School Research Center

Did you know that with your New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library or Queens Library card(s), you can have access to many more:

New York Public Library

Brooklyn Public Library

Queens Library

If you don’t have a library card, it’s easy to sign up for one:

@ New York Public Library

@ Brooklyn Public Library

@ Queens Library

And it’s even easier to help keep these resources available, please click through the following links:

We Will Not Be Shushed 24 Hr Read In

Don’t Close the Book – NYPL

Keep Your Library Open – BPL

Save Queens Library

Spotlight on Polling Resources

We’ve decided to spotlight some of our polling resources. Polling resources are not only beneficial during election season, polling data is conducted year-round, and on a variety of topics. The Research Center subscribes to Gallup Brain. This resource is accessible via the J-School Databases page.

Consider digging around in Gallup Brain.  A searchable database of archived Gallup Polls (from 1935 onward) and Gallup Management Journal articles (up to 2007), GB puts the fruits of Gallup’s decades-long public opinion excavation and analysis on display in a way that encourages the development of comparative perspectives.  For instance, in order to gain some unique historical insight on the present you might use the database to juxtapose current topics and trends in public opinion with others that emerged during earlier periods marked by similar social, economic, and political stresses.  (In which case, now might be a good time to revisit this poll.)  You might also break search results down demographically to track shifts and divergences in the views of different populations on a particular issue or a set of related issues over time.

There are also resources that are available freely on the web. We’ve complied a list, and it is housed on the Presidential Election Wiki. But, these polling resources are not exclusive to election season as mentioned. Polling resources give you a handle on public opinion  and historical significance as also mentioned above. This list includes polling data from Gallup, Zogby, Rasmussen Reports, Quinnipiac and Marist Polls and others, take a look here @ Polling Data.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask for further assistance at the Research Center.

-with Joel Jennings

Open Access Databases for National Library Week!

To celebrate National Library Week (April 11-18), certain vendors are offering certain databases for free. Check out the list below and take advantage of these resources:

ProQuest (African American Heritage, Historical Newspapers – Black Newspapers, Culture Grams, eLibrary, SIRS Discoverer, SIRS Issues Researcher)

Gale (Archives Unbound, Career Transitions, Global Issues in Context, GREENR, Grzimek’s Animal Life)

H.W. Wilson and Company (CAREERS)

Also, check out American History in Video, which is available until April 30th.

Research Clinics Begin April 19th!

The Research Center will hold six 45-minute research clinics focusing on various database products in our collection beginning Monday, April 19th —  Wednesday, April 21st in Room 430. Students as well as, faculty and staff are encouraged to come and learn how to navigate a variety of electronic resources that are accessible to you on campus as well as off-campus. The schedule of events is as follows:

Monday, April 19th —
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. — World Access News (Newspaper database featuring spanish language papers, community newspapers, broadcast transcripts, newswires and more.)
1:15 – 2:00 p.m.  —  TracFed (Compilation of federal statistics collected by FOIA requests concerning funding, civil enforcement, staffing, criminal enforcements, etc.)

Tuesday, April 20th —
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. — Facts on File News Services Databases (Provides world news, science news and information on issues and controversies on a number of hot topics and subject areas.)
1:15 – 2:00 p.m.  —  Country Watch, Culture Grams and Columbia Gazetteer (These resources are great backgrounding tools for international reporting.)

Wednesday, April 21st —
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. — CQ Suite (This session will be taught by a CQ representative who will provide tips and tricks on using the Congress, Voting and Elections, Supreme Court collections and more.)
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. — Critical Mention (Useful for the broadcast students, find out how to search for news clips, request transcripts and more.)

If you can’t attend them all, hopefully you can attend the ones that are most beneficial to you. See you there!!

New Trial Database: American History in Video

We have received a new database on a trial basis, American History in Video, until April 30, 2010

Please use this link: to access the database.

This resource has more than 4,000 titles and 1,000 hours. This resource is expected to grow to 5,000 complete titles and 2,000 hours of rare newsreels and important documentaries from leading producers such as PBS, The History Channel®, Bullfrog Films, Media Rich Learning, and California Newsreel.

Check it out, and let us know what you think.


New Database Trials… Check them out!

The following databases are available on a trial basis. Please let us know whether or not these will be useful additions to our collection. Your input is valued and appreciated!


Global Issues in Context
Includes newspapers, magazines and academic journals: 400 English language titles from the world’s capitols and other key source. Focuses on broad issues such as human rights, poverty, global warming and nuclear proliferation;it also permits a close appraisal of more specific issues likeproduct     safety in China, disaster relief in Indonesia or genocide in Darfur.    Covering 1900 to present

GREENR – Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources
Provides an academic approach to environmental topics combining news, commentary, audio, video, primary source documents, images, conference reports, statistics and more.    Covers 1900 to present