Research Center News News from the Research Center at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Tue, 09 Sep 2014 18:12:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fall Semester hours start on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:00:01 +0000 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 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:28:11 +0000 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.


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Research Center Summer Hours Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:04:36 +0000 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: 


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Late Fees and Loans: Updated Policies Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:46:45 +0000 CUNY Libraries as a whole has approved some changes to our late fees and loaning privileges. This information is now updated on our Access and Borrowing page below:

You’ll also see these handy reference guides around the Research Center too:

Late Fees and Loans


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Research Center Spring Break Hours Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:03:42 +0000 The Research Center will not have evening or weekend hours during Spring Break.

We will be open from 10-6pm during Spring Break (April 14-April 22)

Please plan accordingly, and enjoy your break!

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New Trial: PBS Video Collection Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:27:02 +0000 We have a new trial available: The PBS Video Collection

The PBS Video Collection assembles hundreds of the greatest documentary films and series from the history of PBS into one convenient online interface.The diverse subject matter of the included films makes this an important collection for the study of history, science, business, technology, performing arts, anthropology, psychology, politics, health, and literature.

You can access this trial via this link:

But, it will only be available until May 17, 2014.

Please let us know if you like this resource, leave a comment or write us an email


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Looking for the Secure Logins page? Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:57:15 +0000 Bookmark this link:

You will need to use your WordPress login/password to obtain access.

Take a look and see what resources are available.

If you have any questions/comments — let us know — leave a comment below, or email us @

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Showcasing Women’s History Month at the Research Center Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:34:57 +0000 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


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Check out our latest trial of Films on Demand Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:12:38 +0000 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!


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Research Center Closings Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:31:01 +0000 The Research Center will be closed on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 and Monday, February 17, 2014.

Please plan your research needs accordingly.

Thank you!


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