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:
- The keywords that you use are important, here’s cheat sheet for searching in LexisNexis; and 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.
- Know the date range you are searching. The default search is all dates.
- 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.