Guide to Journalism Resources
QUICK STATISTICAL SOURCES
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.
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
Small & Alt Press
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.”
Good source for news as well as case law, company profiles (including contact information), and SEC filings.
Provides sources in 28 languages from nearly 200 countries. Coverage goes back 35 years.
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.
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.
Streaming video portrays historical events over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries. Includes over 1260 titles.
Businesses & Nonprofits
Directory listing of U.S. businesses, searchable by county, NAICS, business type, and more.
Associations Unlimited contains information for international and United States national, regional, state, and local nonprofit membership organizations.
Green Book Online
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
CU Avery Library
Art Research Guides
Arts Databases & Guides
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.
Covers noted scholarly sources in the humanities, as well as lesser known specialized magazines.
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.
Business Library (Watson)
Help & Guides
Company & Industry Resources
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.
Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage
Includes company profile information and financials. Provides comprehensive overview of industry profiles and competitors, and links to company news.
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.
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.
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Dates for business cycles as well links to government data. Also working papers from the NBER.
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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.
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.
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
NYS Board of Elections: Enrollment by County
The report provides county and number of registered voters by party.
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.
Library Guide: Polling, Surveys, and Public Opinion
See this library guide for more databases and related resources.
Courts & Law
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.
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.
Follow the Money
Database of campaign money on state-level elections and public policy.
Campaign Finance Guide (Columbia Libraries)
Data & Maps
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.
Dept. of City Planning
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
MAs & PhDs
Working With Data?
Working with data? You can start with these resources:
Theses & Dissertations
Looking for examples of past CUJ theses and dissertations? Here's where to find them:
- You can find example MA theses and some PhD dissertations in the J-Library (if it's more than 5 years old, it will be in Lehman Library).
- Looking for a specific MA thesis? Look it by year, then author/title, in our Master's Projects and Theses Index, then find the print copy in the library.
- Looking for a newer dissertation? Check the CU Academic Commons.
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!