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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.

Research Clinics Begin April 19th!

The Research Center will hold six 45-minute research clinics focusing on various database products in our collection beginning Monday, April 19th —  Wednesday, April 21st in Room 430. Students as well as, faculty and staff are encouraged to come and learn how to navigate a variety of electronic resources that are accessible to you on campus as well as off-campus. The schedule of events is as follows:

Monday, April 19th —
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. — World Access News (Newspaper database featuring spanish language papers, community newspapers, broadcast transcripts, newswires and more.)
1:15 – 2:00 p.m.  —  TracFed (Compilation of federal statistics collected by FOIA requests concerning funding, civil enforcement, staffing, criminal enforcements, etc.)

Tuesday, April 20th —
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. — Facts on File News Services Databases (Provides world news, science news and information on issues and controversies on a number of hot topics and subject areas.)
1:15 – 2:00 p.m.  —  Country Watch, Culture Grams and Columbia Gazetteer (These resources are great backgrounding tools for international reporting.)

Wednesday, April 21st —
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. — CQ Suite (This session will be taught by a CQ representative who will provide tips and tricks on using the Congress, Voting and Elections, Supreme Court collections and more.)
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. — Critical Mention (Useful for the broadcast students, find out how to search for news clips, request transcripts and more.)

If you can’t attend them all, hopefully you can attend the ones that are most beneficial to you. See you there!!

Need help starting your research?

Check out our Subject Guide Wiki!

The wiki has been created to provide research assistance with popular or unusual pieces of information. It is now the centralized location for all of our subject guides. You can view them by concentration or topic. Most of the wikis are focused on resources about the New York City and New York State. This wiki isn’t meant to be comprehensive list of sources, please feel free to add or comment on the research wiki.

There’s also a helpful Frequently Asked Questions guide, and you can use the Tutorials and Guides page for further assistance.