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Court Records Research

What you need to know:

  • The type of case: civil, criminal, housing, etc.
  • The jurisdiction: state, federal, local.
  • Not everything is online; sometimes you must go to the court to request a copy of the case and photocopy it there.
  • Juvenile records are not available. A NYS family court case record of filing is usually available, but the documents filed in the case are not. These rules usually apply in most states.

It is also good to be familiar with civil court procedure and to have a sense of how the criminal justice system works.

Where can I find info on NYS Civil cases?

Civil case date range on eCourts depends on jurisdiction, but some go back to the 1980s.

SCROLL has some Supreme Court filings for New York County civil case documents.

LexisNexis Academic has selected state cases under the US Legal bar on the left, then click “federal & state cases” link.

LexisNexis Pro has even more civil cases. Come to the Research Center and ask to login.

Bronx County Clerk’s Office (civil & criminal cases lookup). NOTE: You can register to access this search, or just sign in as a guest.

Where can I find info on NYS Criminal cases?

Only pending criminal cases are listed in eCourts.

NYC Inmate search (need DOB) NYC Dept of Corrections

NYS inmate search NYS Dept of Corrections, goes back to 1970s.

NYS Criminal Record Search For a $65 fee, applications must be mailed or hand delivered to NYS Office of Court Administration, 25 Beaver Street, Room 840. Results emailed in 24-48 hours.

LexisNexis Academic has selected state cases under the US Legal bar on the left, then click “federal & state cases” link.

Do you know about Mango Languages?

It is surprising that so many J students are not aware that one of the databases the Research Center provides is Mango Languages. Mango offers English speakers 16 different language programs. The database interface is easy to navigate and each chapter has a fun theme. Mango lessons are based on everyday common words that you can start using right away. The system sets goals for students to understand what they need to accomplish and memory building and/or critical-thinking exercises are placed throughout the lesson.

The system is web-based and accessible remotely so that you can access it anywhere with your library card number. The premise of the program is that you can develop real conversation skills after one lesson.

So try Mango Languages today! This is a perfect tool to help build skills for summer internships.


Do you use census data?

If so, you may be interested in the revised American Factfinder released yesterday by the Census Bureau:

When you open the below link you will see two new search tools
designed to make searching easy:

1) Community Facts, which lets you find data about a single geography (city, town, county, etc.), and 2) Guided Search, which lets you choose, in this order a) topics, and/or b) geographies, and/or c) race/ethnic group for People, Housing, and Business/Industry.

Featured Books of the Month: Books for Back to J-School

Check out our featured books of the month on pinterest.

Visual Journalism: A Guide for New Media Professionals by Christopher R. Harris and Paul Martin Lester

Regret the Error: How Media Mistakes Pollute the Press and Imperil Free Speech by Craig Silverman and Jeff Jarvis

The Authentic Voice: The Best Reporting on Race and Ethnicity by Arlene Notoro Morgan, Keith Woods and Alice Eileen Pifer

Documentary Storytelling: Making Stronger and More Dramatic Nonfiction Films by Sheila Curran Bernard

New Media Design by Tricia Austin and Richard Doust

The Data Journalism Handbook by Jonathan Gray, Lucy Chambers, and Liliana Bounegru

Broadcast Journalism: Techniques of Radio and Television News by Andrew Boyd

The Art and Craft of Feature Writing: Based on The Wall Street Journal Guide by William Blundell

Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose by Constance Hale

Unreliable Sources: A Guide to Detecting Bias in News Media by Martin Lee

Research Center Closed MLK Day

The Research Center will be closed Monday, Jan. 21st for Martin Luther King Jr. day. Enjoy the day off classes start up again very soon!
Don’t forget to watch the Presidential Inauguration! Coverage starts at 10am.