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Research Center 101

Welcome Class of 2011!

Today, you’ll learn tips about navigating Lexis Nexis Academic from your research adjuncts. Check back here for handouts from those sessions soon.

In the meantime, here is more information about what the Research Center offers (and returning students, this is your chance for a refresher after the long summer away!)

First, be sure to get your library barcode when you get your J-School ID. Your 14-digit library barcode will serve as your passport to the wealth of information available in our collection and CUNY-wide.

With a valid J-School ID card and library barcode, J-School patrons have access to over 4,000,000 items in the CUNY system through our open access policy. Locally, we have a print collection of over 2,000 items and over 40,000 electronic books, which is accessible on and off campus, in addition to our database collection.

The gateway to all of this information is the Research Center’s homepage: http://blogs.journalism.cuny.edu/research-center/

As soon as you receive an assignment, this is the place to go. You should start by doing a clip search to see what has previously been written about your subject. You’ll learn more about searching in the Lexis Nexis overview this afternoon. But, Lexis Nexis should not be your only stop for searching on a subject.

All of our database subscriptions are listed in alphabetical order under Search Tools — click the Databases A-Z link here. The most commonly used databases are the following: Lexis Nexis Academic, Factiva, Access World News and MasterFILE Premier — this is just  a starting point.

For help in refining your search, check out Database Tutorials and Guides under the Journalist’s Toolbox on the homepage.

With all these databases, it will be helpful to use our full text e-journal search to find which database a certain newspaper or magazine is featured in and what date-range it covers.  The Full Text E-Journal Search link is under Search Tools on the homepage, which also will connect you to the particular database that your journal is indexed within for convenience.

While, these databases cover a lot of information — sometimes you need to go beyond the databases. The Research Center has created guides that address specific research objectives, such as Finding Experts, Navigating NYC.gov, or Finding Legal Information. You can locate them via the Subject Wikis link under the Journalist’s Toolbox on the homepage.

At this point — you may be wondering what about the books? You can search the CUNY+ Online Catalog here. This link is located on the homepage under Search Tools. If you cannot find a title within the J-School collection. You can request books to be delivered from other CUNY libraries, this service is known as CLICS (CUNY Libraries Intra-Campus Delivery Service). If you still cannot find a title within all of CUNY — you can sign up to use our interlibrary loan service, ILLiad. For more information, please check our Interlibrary Loan Services page here.

We also have an extensive collection of e-books that can be accessible under our Search Tools here. You can view these e-books on your laptop on and off campus. These e-books are currently not compatible with any of the e-reader devices.

For up to date information on our resources, this blog is where you’ll find tips and news, for example, check out the following posts on accessing Time Inc. content or AP Daybook via Factiva.

Last but not least, the Research Center staff can assist you directly via phone at 646-758-7728/30; via email at research@journalism.cuny.edu; Twitter; and of course, in person on the 3rd floor of the J-School. Check out our Hours and Schedules page for library hours and closings.