Research Assistance

   Information management, i.e. a fancy-schmancy title for "finding what you need." To this end, more reliable reference sites dampen angst.

Journalism references | Public Opinion resources | Newspaper miscellany | Archived News | Communication journals | other journals


Editing References

Copy Editor – improve your copy editing skills with this newsletter. Also provides a job board.

The Slot — a spot for copy editors from Washington Post copy editor Bill Walsh

Mindy McAdam’s Links – from the Knight Chair for journalism technologies and the democratic process at the University of Florida.

Editors’ Service – a small independent news syndicate that has been helping journalists produce quality news products for 50 years.

Finding Data on the Internet- topical sources from Robert Niles, a journalist and Web editor in California.

A Journalist’s Guide to the Internet – topical sources from Christopher Callahan, dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

USUS Internet Guide for Journalists – the Usually Useful Internet Guide for Journalists contains useful links and a history of the Internet.

The Reference Desk: Calculators On-Line – Jim Martindale’s topical resource center.

Words on Words – tips on editing and headline writing, comments on cliches and bad writing, etc., offered by editors and journalism professors from around the continent.

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Journalism References

Center for Environmental Journalism – seeks to enrich public understanding of environmental issues by elevating the quality of media coverage

Center for Investigative Reporting – a nonprofit organization that reveals injustice and strengthens democracy through the tools of journalism

College Front Page – for student journalists, by student journalists

Cyberjournalist — tips from the American Press Institute

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CyberTimes Navigator — online resources for New York Times staff

Foundation for American Communication – dedicated to improving the quality of information reaching the public through the news.

International Journalists Network – an online service for journalists, media managers, media assistance professionals, journalism trainers and educators, or anyone else with an interest in news media around the world

Project for Excellence in Journalism – a non-partisan, non-ideological and non-political research organization that specializes in using empirical methods to evaluate and study the performance of the press.

The Journalist’s Toolbox — SPJ’s online resources for reporters and editors

NewsBatch – in-depth briefing on a variety of public policy issues

“Oh, the places journalists should go” – journalists must develop an “online state of mind.”

Pew Center for Civic Journalism – an incubator for civic journalism projects that enable news organizations to create and refine better ways of reporting the news to re-engage people in public life

Power Reporting — links by beats and other resources from the Columbia Journalism Review

Poynter Institute for Media Studies – a school for journalists, future journalists, and teachers of journalists

Reporter’s Desktop – a single page to focus thinking on varied, detailed and often urgent reporting needs. An everyday tool for deadline reporting.

Student Press Law Center – the nation’s only legal assistance agency devoted exclusively to educating high school and college journalists about the rights and responsibilities embodied in the First Amendment. It supports the student news media in its struggle to cover important issues free from censorship.

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About Newspapers

Gazette Newspapers Reader’s Guide – An example of how a newspaper works.

Newspaper mottoes – How U.S. newspapers describe themselves to their readers.

100 Ways to use your Arkansas Newspaper – educational tips.

Newspapers: Behind the Scenes (1970) – courtesy of The Atlantic

Newspaper Tips – practical tips for newspapers after you finish them.

NewsVoyager – the Newspaper Association of America’s links dozens of newspaper sites and provides information about members

NewsLink – Newslink Associates including newspapers, broadcast facilties, and magazines on line.

CRAYON CReat Your Own Newspaper – collect sources and build a personal CyberPaper. Includes news, opinion, weather, sports, comics

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Information Science

Fred J. Taylor Library and Technology Center – University of Arkansas at Monticello

Southeast Arkansas Regional Library – Monticello, Ark.

Mid-Arkansas Regional Library System – includes Cleveland County library in Rison

William F. Laman Public Library – North Little Rock, Ark.(digital search)

HighWire Press – online full-text articles from Stanford University

Internet Public Library – maintained by a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science.

Librarian’s Internet Index – Websites you can trust as determined by California’s State Librarian.

Methods In Evaluation And Social Research – focuses primarily on online examples of “how-to” do evaluation research and the methods used: surveys, focus groups, sampling, interviews, etc.

Educator’s Reference Desk – high-quality resources and services to the education community from the Information Institute of Syracuse.

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Archived News

New York Times Archives – search capabilities back to 1851.

Washington Post Archives – search capabilities back to 1877.

USA Today Archives – contains staff-produced content (text only) that appeared in the USA TODAY newspaper since April 1987.

International News Archives – links to non-US news archives available on the Web.

Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive – the world’s most extensive and complete archive of television news.

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Communication Journals

AEJMC Pubs – publications from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Communication Theory & Methodology – created in the mid-1960s to advance the study of communication through theory-based, methodologically-sound research.

Newspaper Research Journal – a refereed journal published quarterly that answers questions about U.S. newspaper performance from balance and fairness to the use of computer analysis.

Media History Monographs – online journal
devoted to publishing scholarly journalism and mass communication history works.

Web Journal of Mass Communication Research – a refereed online journal focusing on Web-related communication themes.

ComAbstracts – an OpenURL-enabled database of article abstracts, books, bibliographic records, and other sources of relevance to researchers, scholars, and students interested in fields related to human communication studies.

Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication – a Web-based, peer-reviewed interdisciplinary scholarly journal focused on social science research on computer-mediated communication via the Internet, the World Wide Web, and wireless technologies.

Online Journalism Review — Web-based journal produced at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California

First Monday — one of the first openly accessible, peer-reviewed journals on the Internet, solely devoted to the Internet

American Communication Journal – refereed publication of the American Communication Association

Global Media Journal – explores the world of communication with works that assess existing media structures and practices

Journal for Crime, Conflict and Media Culture – peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal exploring the critical nexus of media culture, criminal justice and conflict

International Journal of Communications Law & Policy – devoted to the changing law, policy and technology of media regulation around the world

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Other Journals of Interest

Chronicle of Higher Education – news and job opportunities from American colleges and universities

Project Muse – a unique collaboration between libraries and publishers providing 100 percent full-text, affordable and user-friendly online access to over 300 high quality humanities, arts, and social sciences journals from 60 scholarly publishers.

Narrative Psychology – Internet and resource guide for Documentary Studies, Journalism and Non-Fiction.

Society for Interdisciplinary Studies – oldest and most up-to-date society for catastrophist information and research.

Center for Digital Storytelling – a California-based non-profit arts organization rooted in the art of personal storytelling.

InContext – a quarterly of humane sustainable culture.

Journal of Politics – the the oldest regional political science journal in the United States.

Journal of Operational Risk – international refereed journal focusing on the modeling, measurement and management of operational risk and the promotion of greater understanding in the area of operational risk theory and practice

Content Analysis

VBPro Content Analysis Programs by M. Mark Miller – software written by my dissertation adviser

Georgia State University Content Analysis Site – supports researchers interested in quantitative analysis of texts, transcripts and images.

WordStat – a text analysis module specifically designed to study textual information such as responses to open-ended questions, interviews, titles, journal articles, public speeches, electronic communications, etc.

Content analysis resources and text analysis by Matthais Romppel – includes software for quantitative and qualitative analysis.

Computer Content Analysis Programs – a part of The Content Analysis Guidebook Online

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Public Opinion

Los Angeles Times Polls Index – includes detailed statistical reports of most Los Angeles Times polls since 1996.

Washington Post/ABC News Polls – covering current issues.

Washington Post Poll Vault – poll articles back to 1997.

CBS News Polls – headline poll results and analysis

CNN “America Votes” Election Center || 2012 || 2008 || 2006 || 2004 || 2002 || 2000 || 1998

Pew Research Center – independent opinion research group that studies attitudes toward the press, politics and public policy issues

Public Agenda – a non-partisan opinion research and civic engagement organization helping Americans understand and explore critical issues since 1975.

The Gallup Organization – includes archive of news reports on various surveys with a keyword search capability.

ZOGBY News! – tracking public opinion since 1984 in North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

Polling Report – independent, nonpartisan resource on recent trends in American public opinion.

Field Poll Online – an independent, non-partisan, media-sponsored public opinion news service examining California.

EUROPA — public opinion analysis for the European Commission.

Program on International Policy Attitudes – attempts to give the American public a greater voice in the policymaking process by assessing American public attitudes.

World Public Opinion – explore public opinion by topics and by regions, including links to relevant sites from around the world.

Roper Center Public Opinion Archives – data back to 1947 available only to members of the Center or via Lexis/Nexis and Dialog data base services

The Harris Poll Online – join a poll.

American National Election StudiesThe Guide provides access to public opinion and electoral behavior in American politics since 1952.

National Council on Public Polls – an association of polling organizations established in 1969.

Council of American Survey Research Organizations – the trade association of survey research organizations, representing over 300 companies and research operations in the United States and abroad.

Public Opinion Surveys – maintained by Cornell University, breaks down public opinion survey sites, including those with state or regional emphasis.

Data Archive – maintained by the Howard W. Odum Institute at the University of North Carolina.

Social Science Data Archives (International Sources) – maintained by Norway’s Minister of Education and Research.

Alan Guttmacher Institute – advancing sexual and reproductive health worldwide through research, policy analysis and public education.

ICPSR: University of Michigan A membership-based, not-for-profit organization serving member colleges and universities, ICPSR provides access to the world’s largest archive of computerized social science data

Social Sciences Data Collection, UC-San Diego Descriptions of data sets available to the UCSD academic community; bibliographies of magazines and books on public opinion

Social Research Laboratory – maintained by Northern Arizona University, the lab provides data on Arizona residents and also tailors services to meet individual client needs.

University of Cincinnati, Institute for Policy Research – home of The Ohio Poll and the Greater Cincinnati Survey

Indiana University, Center for Survey Research – a social science research facility that focuses on academic, social science, and public policy research.

Social Science Data Laboratory – provides a wide range of social scientific research and instructional support for faculty, students and staff at the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as broader academic and public communities.

GVU’s WWW User Surveys – examines attitudes of Internet users toward privacy issues.

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CONSTRSubmit updates! ©1998-2012
Ronald W. Sitton
Revised 11/24/2012
(Last verified: 11/24/2012)

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