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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

New Resource: eMarketer

A new CUNY-wide subscription to eMarketer is now available.

You can check it out here: eMarketer

eMarketer collects data from thousands of sources to give a complete view of digital marketing, media and commerce. This resource includes analyst reports, daily research articles and e-business and online marketing statistics

Watch this video below to get started:

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.


Fall Semester hours start on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Starting Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014, The Research Center will be open from 10 am to 6 pm on Monday, Thursday and Friday. Our evening hours will be on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 am to 8 pm and we will be open on Saturday from 1 pm to 5 pm. We will not open on Sunday this semester.

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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.