Guide to Journalism Resources


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Popular Resources


Statistical Abstract of the US
A compilation of statistical tables from various government agencies. It shows which agency produces the info you want.

New York State Statistical Yearbook
Similar resource to the US Stat Abstract, but for NY State.

Introduction to this Guide

This guide will help you find news articles & other journalism resources. Please email, call, or tweet me with any questions (see box at right). I answer frequently asked questions & post popular resources on the Journalism Library Blog.

Journalism Library

  • located in 204 Pulitzer Hall (just off the Stabile Student Center)
  • open 7 days a week (see hours here)
  • books, newspapers, magazines, & last 4 years of CUJ master's projects

Looking for a book?

Use our CLIO search interface!

The Journalism Library contains books on journalism and reporting, journalists, New York City, writing, editing, photojournalism, and related topics. You may find books relevant to your research and interests (including many faculty-authored books) in many of the other Columbia libraries (map).

CU Journalism Faculty Publications



Historical News

ProQuest Historical Newspapers
Full-text and full-image articles from major American newspapers back to mid-1800s.

Chronicling America (LC)
Full-text American newspapers from 1836-1922, including many regional and local papers. Includes U.S. Newspaper Directory (1690-on).

Small & Alt Press


Alt-Press Watch
Selected newspapers, magazines, journals of the alternative and independent press.

Ethnic Newswatch
Newspaper, magazine, & journal articles from ethnic, minority, & native press in the U.S.

AP resources


General News


Factiva (& AP Daybook)
Excellent source for news, company profiles, and to read the latest major publications like the NY Times and Wall Street Journal. Find the AP Daybook by searching for “nyc daybook.”

LexisNexis Academic
Good source for news as well as case law, company profiles (including contact information), and SEC filings.

International News


Provides sources in 28 languages from nearly 200 countries. Coverage goes back 35 years.

ProQuest Newspapers
Includes international English-language newspapers.

World Newspaper Archive
Historic newspapers from around the world.

Emerging Markets Information Service
News, financial and economic information on emerging market countries in Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Middle East.

Circulation Statistics


Media Intelligence Center (AAM)

View circulation statistics for a variety of large, regional, and daily newspapers and magazines in the US and Canada. Can also sort and filter data, rank publications, and create comparison charts.

Abstracts, Transcripts, & Video

Television News Archive (Vanderbilt)

Searchable archive of abstracts of news broadcasts from 1968 to present (ABC, CBS, NBC), 1995 to present (CNN), selected content from PBS and FOX News. Selected video content from CNN viewable (RealOne). Descriptive summaries of the Vanderbilt University collection of network television news programs and other news-related programming.

Newsreels (American History in Video)

Streaming video portrays historical events over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries. Includes over 1260 titles. 


White Pages


White Pages Reverse Address Search
Helpful free resource for phone numbers, addresses, or names of people living in a certain area. If you need historic phone books or city directories, try the New York Public Library.

Expert Contacts

Columbia University Experts
Faculty experts at Columbia are available to speak to the news media about a variety of topics ranging from finance and economics to literature and the arts.


Businesses & Nonprofits

Directory listing of U.S. businesses, searchable by address, neighborhood, NAICS, business type, and more.

Associations Unlimited 
Associations Unlimited contains information for international and United States national, regional, state, and local nonprofit membership organizations. 

Green Book Online / NYC Agency & Office Officials
City-wide directory of agencies, offices, boards, and commissions. Also includes courts and state, federal, & international offices in NYC. Older versions of this title are available at Columbia Libraries in print.


The Leadership Library 
Contains directory info for government officials, law firms, journalists, courts, finance, subject experts, etc.

Arts & Culture

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Art Research Guides

Columbia Art Research Guides
Research guides for a variety of arts and architecture topics, created by Columbia librarians.

Arts Databases & Guides

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Archive of scholarly articles in the arts and humanities.

Database of digital images and associated information. ARTstor covers many time periods and cultures, and documents many art fields as well as anthropology, ethnographic and women's studies, and many other forms of visual culture. 

Arts & Humanities Citation Index
Database covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities.

Humanities Full-text
Covers noted scholarly sources in the humanities, as well as lesser known specialized magazines.

MLA Bibliography
Indexes critical materials (books, journals, essays, etc.) on literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore.

Music Online (and related databases by Alexander Street Press)
Brings together reference materials spanning the entire history of Western classical music, from the Medieval period to the 21st century.

Grove Art Online & Benezit Dictionary of Artists (Oxford Art Online)
Provides access and cross-search functionality to many art reference titles in one database. 



Company & Industry Resources

Directory listing of U.S. businesses, searchable by address, neighborhood, NAICS, business type, and more.

Provides current and historical financial quotes, business newswires, and descriptive information on over 52,000 companies worldwide. BLAW also covers legal cases. Available terminals: 7 in Watson Library, 1 in Journalism School, 1 in Lehman Library. See: Bloomberg help guide.

Provides company information on thousands of public and private companies globally. (Other sources for public companies include Factiva; for private companies, try LexisNexis or ReferenceUSA.)

Securities and Exchange Commission
Click on Filings >> EDGAR to search company filings.  

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage
Includes company profile information and financials. Provides comprehensive overview of industry profiles and competitors, and links to company news.  

Thomson ONE
Provides access to financial data on public companies, as well as merger and acquisition information and market data. Use with IE; does not work with Firefox.  

Economic Resources

Bureau of Economic Analysis
Reports the economic accounts (GDP, etc) for the United States.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Reports the unemployment rate, wages & economic indicators such as consumer price index (CPI).

Current Population Survey (CPS)
Monthly survey of about 50,000 households conducted by the Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Primary source of information on the labor force characteristics of the U.S.

Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED)
Excellent source for US economics time series. Also see the Federal Reserve Board for data & reports.

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Dates for business cycles as well links to government data. Also working papers from the NBER.



Science Libraries


The Digital Science Center, located in the Science & Engineering Library in 401 Northwest Corner Building, is equipped with software and technology specifically selected to support science and engineering research and coursework. Expert help is available from library staff.  

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Popular Resources

Top Recommended Databases


Provides articles, abstracts, and citation linking to journals in many sciences fields (as well as social sciences, business, and medicine).

Essential Science Indicators (ESI)
Shows top papers in a given field, as well as ways to rank journals and authors by number of citations, etc.

This version of the MEDLINE database of biomedical journal articles facilitates retrieval of full text (unlike PubMed). 

Find Science Experts

Need to find an expert in a certain field that you can contact? Use the directories below, or use ESI (above) to identify top researchers in an area.  

Leadership Library
Experts across the nation, in a variety of areas. (Much information compiled from "Who's Who" and similar resources.)

Columbia University Experts
Specific contacts at Columbia who are available to speak with the media.  

Additional Databases

Grantsnet (from the AAAS)
Database of funds available for research in the sciences; includes a section on Funding News, highlighting new research funding programs.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
This site is the Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORT) at NIH which is a gateway to NIH research and development activities, searchable by organization.

Provides abstracts and full articles for scientific research from more than 1500 science journals.
This site is a gateway to over 50 million pages of science information provided by U.S. government agencies.

Web of Science (ISI)
Index to bibliographic information and cited references across all disciplines, including sciences.


NYC City Council Links


NYC Gov Directory


Green Book Online 
City-wide directory of agencies, offices, boards, and commissions. Includes courts and state, federal, & international offices in NYC.

Older versions of this title are available at Columbia Libraries in print.

Related Guides



NYS Board of Elections: Enrollment by County
The report provides county and number of registered voters by party.

NYC Independent Budget Office

New York State Statistical Yearbook
Voter registrations, political party enrollment, & votes cast in presidential election by county (borough).

CQ Press: Political Reference 
Info on congress, voting & elections, and other political information. Federal level.  


eBook: Exit Polls: Surveying the American Electorate, 1972-2010
This book explores tends, but also shows how to find and use exit poll time series data.

iPoll Databank (from Roper)
Includes exit polls and survesy from Gallup, Pew Research, and more. Some data may require contacting CU Libraries' Data Service Center for access.

Library Guide: Polling, Surveys, and Public Opinion
See this library guide for more databases and related resources.  

Courts & Law

For a great guide on legal research, see this ebook written by Columbia Law librarian Dana Neacsu! Provides information about federal (national) US courts, as well as New York State courts.

You can use LexisNexis Academic or BLAW (through a Bloomberg Terminal) to look up case law (federal or state).  

The Columbia Law Library has some great research guides, including this one on Municipal Law (city/county). NYU's Law Library also has some great guides, like where to find NY Statutes & Legislative History, NY City Law & Regulations, and the organization of the NY Court System.

Need more help? Ask a Columbia Law librarian or visit the Law Library!  


Campaign Finance

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Federal Election Commission
The FEC administers and enforces the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), which governs the financing of federal elections.  Campaign finance information is available, through the Disclosure Data Search, searchable by individual contributors, committee contributors/recipients, and candidate name.

NYC Campaign Finance Board

Follow the Money 
Database of campaign money on state-level elections and public policy. 

Campaign Finance Guide (Columbia Libraries)

Data & Maps

NYC Data

NYC OpenData: Data from various city agencies is gathered on this page. It’s a great place to start, but it's not comprehensive; not every agency posts all their data here.

USA Data This is the federal (national) version of NYC’s open data website, with data across a wide variety of topics. Browse the dataset catalog:

Dept. of City Planning

NYC Dept. of City Planning (DCP): Includes community district profiles & needs (include census tract maps), commission reports, population reports, & more.

New York City Data Maps


NY City Map (from DoITT): Map a neighborhood or intersection, then find nearby subway stops, schools, hospitals, police precincts, and more (user guide here). Also shows municipal boundaries like community districts & census tracts. Other city data maps include:

US Census Data

You can access census data using several tools:

MAs & PhDs

Books & Articles

Start by searching CLIO, Columbia Libraries' search interface.

Can't find a book?
- Request it through Borrow Direct.
- Not available? Try interlibrary loan (ILL).
- Need it today? Look in to see if it's at another NYC library like NYPL, NYU, or CUNY.

Can't find a journal article?
- Request it through interlibrary loan (ILL). Many articles are delivered as PDFs.


Working With Data?

Working with data? You can start with these resources:

Need more help with your data? Email Starr <> or work with our Data Services Center at Lehman Library!

Theses & Dissertations

@ Columbia University

Looking for examples of past CUJ theses and dissertations? Here's where to find them:

Institutions Other Than Columbia

Looking for theses or dissertations that were completed at other institutions? Use our ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database.


Useful Research Tools

Style & Citation Manuals

Other Research Tools

Google Scholar--with direct links to Columbia Libraries subscriptions!
Use this link for your Google Scholar searches, and instead of hitting article paywalls, you'll be logged into all of Columbia Libraries subscriptions.

Have a lot of citations and references to save? Manage them in one spot, online, with Zotero.  

Subject-Specific Research Guides
Looking for a good database for a specific topic, but have no idea where to begin? Check these guides for recommended sources, or contact a subject specialist librarian.  

Find Software
Looking for a specific software program like NVivo or RStudio? Search for it in CLIO--the record will show which libraries have it installed on their computers, as well as include links to any programs with downloads or educational licenses.