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Spotlight on: Summer Reading

The Research Center welcomes a guest post from Todd Simpson, Electronic Resources Librarian at CUNY York College. We hope you’ll enjoy his summer reading/watching suggestions, and stay tuned for more “Spotlight On” posts which highlight different aspects of the Research Center’s resources.

Here are some of the new titles now available at the Research Center:

Originals: How Non-Conformists move the World by Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg.
This is a must read for any writer who feels guilty about a penchant for procrastination.  An entertaining, well researched exploration of the nuances of creative thought, how to manifest original ideas while disrupting groupthink.
Stories mixed with economic analysis, it’s one thing to be able to see patterns in trends, it’s entirely something else when a writer can write about the industries that will define our near future and make it both accessible and fascinating.  Are you ready for the robot invasion?
A great example of long-form journalism, Hari gives us a comprehensive history in a patchwork of personal, human stories spanning a century and the globe illustrating the disastrous, misguided and uninformed approach to drugs and addiction which comprises the United States’ War on Drugs.
Spotlight directed by Alex Garland
A DVD copy is available of the Oscar winner for Best Picture of the Year.  This film will go down in history as one of, if not the best, depiction of real life journalists doing what they do best.  Spotlight tells the story of the collaborative effort by a team of journalists at the Boston Globe to get to the truth behind the Catholic Church’s attempts to cover-up a massive scandal of child molestation.  With an unparalleled ensemble cast and acute sense for period detail, this film is riveting and should not be missed by any student of journalism.

Silk: a data tool for your research

Please consider using this product, Silk, for your data gathering needs. Silk is a place to publish your data, watch this brief 80 second video from them:

Be aware that this data will be curated by Silk for commercial purposes in the future.

Here are some examples of Silk  used by media organizations:

Also, here are some data projects by media and research organizations, including Silk themselves: – started this one (this is actually on the fatal encounters domain) (this is a project for HRW) – this was built by Palm Beach Post with two Silk embeds – This is a data story by a leading arabic digital rights NGO – This story was done on Silk and was named one of three MJ Bear Fellows from ONA for young journalists. – This is Silk’s own data story using Google Car Crash Data (trapped in PDFs – we liberate into Silk)



Check out the latest STEM resources available!

The following Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) resources are now available for use!

These resources can be useful to any concentration. Please check them out!

Click below for access (remember, if you are off-campus, please use your 14-digit barcode, if you need assistance, email

CINAHL Complete

Access to top nursing and allied health journals, evidence-based care sheets and quick lessons

IEEE Xplore

Access to more than 3-million full-text documents from some of the world’s most highly cited publications in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics


Access to a leading full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from nearly 2,500 journals and more than 30,000 books.


Access to millions of scientific documents from journals, books, series, protocols and reference works.

Wiley Online Library

Access to online editions of the majority of Wiley’s 400+ scientific, technical, medical and professional journals

Check out our new resource: Statista

Statista is a searchable database of statistics, studies, dossiers, infographics and more, from over 100,000 vetted sources. To access Statista, please use the following link: Statista

If you are off-campus, please enter your 14-digit barcode for access.

Check out the video tutorials from Gabrielle Annala (of Loyola Libraries) – click here for the Introduction to Statista to get started.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at, or stop by during scheduled hours.


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.

Have suggestions for the Research Center collection? Think we are missing a vital book? Let us know! Fill out this form below:

Purchase Recommendation Form


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.

Let us know what you think — leave a comment below!


Check out Swank Films on Demand

Are you aware of the on-demand film service that we have here at the Research Center?

You can search the titles here.

If you aren’t sure what you’d like to include — you can search by genre here or you can take a look at the specialty films here

These films can be a great addition to the curriculum.

Please fill out a reserve request form if you are interested in using one of the many titles available.

If you have any questions about this service, please email


Get the latest news from a new resource: Zapaday

If you are looking for a new place to find story ideas,  Zapaday may be the website for you.

Zapaday is a  free open news calendar that publishes details of upcoming news stories and events around the globe.

Stories can be searched for by category on the site’s calendar section, including national and international affairs, politics, product launches, events and festivals, justice and sports.

You don’t need to sign up to view the calendar, but if you do, you will receive notifications for the categories that matter most to you.

The way it works is simple.

The site uses bots and human editors to monitor thousands of news sites and calendars for upcoming events.

The goal of the site is to help event organizers, bloggers, political analysts, marketers, travelers and of course journalists like you plan ahead, get insights and save time.

Go ahead and check it out. You can never have enough resources to get story ideas.