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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 

 

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.

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

 

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.

 

Databases for Pulling Clips

The semester is ending and we wanted to check in and make sure J-students are using all of our resources.

News databases:

When you need to pull clips the top databases to use are Lexis-Nexis or Factiva. As part of your research, you may want to also pull clips on a subject to see what the has already been reported and what previous research has been mentioned publicly. For that, use Lexis-Nexis, Factiva or  ProQuest (which specializes in historical news.)

 

Other notable databases include the following:

 

Academic Search Complete:

Is an EBSCO host database that gives access to the latest articles in journals.

If you want the most relevant research:

(1) click on the box for “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals”

(2) make sure your keywords are located in the title

(3) fill out the date fields to limit your search.

 

JSTOR:

This database gives J-students full text to over a thousand academic journals. It can be wonderful for background research, but it does not give access to the latest studies.

 

Academic OneFile:

This has access to thousands of journals. Not all articles are available in full text, but you can limit your search to full text and peer-reviewed studies.

 

Do you have any suggestions for us? What are your thoughts on these databases?

Are you using LinkedIn for journalists?

Learn how to best use LinkedIn by joining the professional journalists group. There are tips and tricks as well as group discussions.

The next conference call to find hear about a free upgrade and using LinkedIn for reporting is Tuesday, April 30, 2013 call at 8:15 a.m. PT / 11:15 a.m. It is will consistent of 10-15 minutes for tutorial questions. For more information go here.

For tips and tricks on how to use LinkedIn for journalists go here.

Features of the Research Center Mobile App

The CUNY J-Tool gives you access to our research databases and guides remotely. The features include the following:

Library Catalog Search

-Keyword Search

-Enter a text string in the Search box then hit “Enter” (Done/Next) on the keypad to submit.

 

Hours & Location

-Location

-Directions

-Hours

-Phone #

-Fax #

-E-mail

-Holidays & exceptions to regular hours

 

Research Databases

-Biography Reference Book

-Credo Reference

-Critical Mention

-Factiva

-Facts on File

-Guidestar

-Historical New York Times

-Hoover’s Academic

-IMBD Pro

-Info Share

-JSTOR

-Leadership Directories

-LexisNexis Academic

-Mango Languages

-Marquis Who’s Who

-MasterFile Premier

-Media Bistro

-Mergent

-Reference USA

-Social Explorer

-Vanderbilt TV News Archive

-Vocabula

-Writer’s Market

 

Research Guides

-Tips for business research

-How to find census data

-How to research cops & crime

-How to use copyright-protected information

-How to find court records

-How to find expert sources

-How to research your explainer

-How to fact-check your reporting for accuracy

-How to use FOIL/FOIA

-How to expertly search Google and beyond

-How to research for international reporting

-Where to find media for broadcast and multimedia reporting

-How to research NYC community districts

How to find people

-How to write well

 

There is also research center news and links to connect with the research center through Facebook or Twitter.

Go to http://www.cunyjtool.boopsie.com/ to download.