The following databases contain useful information about New York City neighborhoods, and can be accessed via LibraryWeb. All of these tools are available from off-campus to anyone with a valid Columbia e-mail ID and password.
- Infoshare Online
How many people live in your beat neighborhood? How many are on public assistance? How many have asthma? What are the crime statistics for your beat? Immigration trends? Answer these questions and many more using Infoshare Online, a collection of statistics about NYC from a number of sources, including the US Census Bureau and various City and State agencies. The data can be retrieved by community district number or neighborhood name, covers demographic, health, and socio-economic variables, and in many cases is available for multiple years, which lets you chart trends.
- LexisNexis Academic
LexisNexis Academic contains the searchable full text of most New York City metropolitan area dailies, with archives extending back to the early 1990s (and the New York Times back to 1980). The exception is Newsday, which is only available for the most recent six months.
- Ethnic Newswatch
Databases like LexisNexis are useful, but do not include a large number of articles from ethnic and minority newspapers, which can add dimension to your beat reporting. Ethnic Newswatch includes the full text of newspapers from ethnic, minority and native communities of the United States (including papers based in NYC). You can limit a search to a particular ethnic group's publications, and both English and Spanish language papers are included.
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers
Once you get to know your beat in its present-day incarnation, use this database to pull up articles about it from the New York Times, which is searchable back to 1851 in this unique resource.