Lantern is an open-access search and visualization platform of over 800,000 pages of digitized books and magazines from the histories of film, broadcasting, and recorded sound. It is co-run by the Media History Digital Library and the University of Madison-Wisconsin Department of Communication Arts.



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DocumentCloud is both a repository of primary source documents and a tool for document-based investigative reporting, kind of a like an online card catalog for primary source documents. It is designed specifically for journalists- when you upload a document to DocumentCloud, you can annotate it, share it with colleagues in your newsroom or beyond your newsroom, view lists of people and places named in it, plot the dates it contains on a timeline and more.

Everything you upload to DocumentCloud stays private until you’re ready to make it public, but once you decide to publish, your documents join thousands of other primary source documents in their public catalog. Use their document viewer to embed documents on your own website and introduce your audience to the larger paper trail behind your story.

DocumentCloud contains court filings, hearing transcripts, testimony, legislation, reports, memos, meeting minutes, and correspondence. It is free to join!


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The economy is on everyone’s mind, so here are a few links to get you started.

Understanding the Situation

  • CQ Researcher [NYU Only]
    Published weekly, this resource devotes each issue to a hot topic.  A great backgrounding source for understanding our current economic situation and government response.


  • BankTracker
    This project provides financial information about banks based on extracted FDIC data. Allows you to search for banks that have received TARP money, and more. Created by the Investigative Writing Workshop at American University.
  • Beige Book – Current Economic Conditions by Federal Reserve District
    These are published 8 times per year and provide a summary of economic conditions in each Federal Reserve District.

Statistics about the Economy

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Getting Started


Finding Scholarly Articles and Experts

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Presidential Election 2008

What is a specific state saying about a candidate?

  • Search state sources in LexisNexis. Here’s how:
    Go to Sources > Search for “<state name> news”; ex. “new york news” > you’ll see a file that comes up called New York News > Checkmark it > click OK > You’ll now be searching this category.
    LexisNexis Tips for finding info on the Presidential Election

What issues are important to a state?

Finding polling places

  • Search Google for “board of elections” and <the state name>

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Biographical Info

Questions to ask yourself

  1. How well-known is this person? If a person is well-known, s/he is more likely to have an entry in a reference book or standard source.
  2. What is the ethnicity of this person? There are many sources that provide bio info for individuals of a specific ethnicity.
  3. Is this person alive or dead?
  4. What field does this person work in(business, the arts, etc.)?

Basic Info

  • Ancestry Library
    Use this source to identify D.O.B., family members, and addresses of individuals.
  • QuickRef Biographical Sources
    Click on the Biographies category and you’ll get a list of resources useful for finding biographical info. Note: People usually have to be somewhat important to be listed in these sources.
  • Subject-specific biographical sources
    If the individual is associated with a specific field, you should try locating a subject encyclopedia. For example, the Grove Dictionary of Art would be a useful source if you were covering an artist.
  • International Who’s Who [NYU-Only]
    brings together current and hard-to-find biographical information on almost 60,000 of the most gifted, famous and influential men and women in all fields
  • Who’s Who
    Who’s Who publishes a variety of directories in different areas (Who’s Who in Advertising, Who’s Who in Science), etc. Some of these are available in print in Bobst Library. To find them search Bobcat for “who’s who.”

Finding Articles

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Generation Y


  • FedStats
  • Statistical Universe [NYU-Only]
    Search by keyword; includes statistics from government agencies, as well as associations.
  • Virtual Business Library [NYU-Only]
    Provides links to marketing databases which may provide lifestyle statistics.
  • The Millennials :Americans born 1977 to 1994 [BOOK: 1st Floor Reference HQ796.M4797 2006]

Determining who may have already written about your topic

Finding experts and scholarly material

  • Try searching Google to see if there has been a conference on your topic. Conference speakers can be a useful source.
  • Search to see if there are any experts at NYU

Other Resources

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