Literary Journalism: Cataclysm and Commitment

February 5, 2008 at 7:12 pm Leave a comment

Getting Started: Useful Reference Sources
Most of these titles are located in the Reference section on the 1st floor of Bobst.

  • Literary journalism : a biographical dictionary of writers and editors / Edd Applegate. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1996. [Ref 1 PN4820.A66 1996]
    Includes biographies, chronologies, and major publications of writers and editors who fall into the literary journalism category.
  • Historical dictionary of war journalism / Mitchel P. Roth ; James S. Olson, advisory editor. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1997. [Ref 1 PN4784.W37 R68 1997] (also available electronically)
  • The American Historical Association’s guide to historical literature / general editor, Mary Beth Norton ; associate editor, Pamela Gerardi. 3rd ed. New York : Oxford University Press, c1995. [Ref 1 Z6201 .A55]
    Useful for identifying core historical works. Organized by region/country/time period. Use the subject index (Vol 2) to locate concepts, etc.

Topical Encyclopedias

  • Encyclopedia of war crimes and genocide / Leslie Alan Horvitz and Christopher Catherwood. New York : Facts on File, c2006. [Ref HV6322.7 .H67 2006]Topical entries include further references; great for definitions.
  • Encyclopedia of genocide / Israel W. Charny, editor in chief ; forewords by Desmond M. Tutu and Simon Wiesenthal Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c1999. [Ref 1 HV6322.7 .E53 1999]
    Organized thematically; includes some primary source documents.
  • Identify an encyclopedia:
    • Search BobCat using the keyword search
    • Search for your topic (in title) AND encyclopedia (in title)

Finding Books

Use BobCat to find books.

TIPS for searching BobCat
For topics, go in through the “back door”

  • Go to Keyword Search
  • Search for your keywords (in title)
  • Once you find a relevant title, see what subject headings have been assigned to it.
  • Click on those subject headings to further your researchLooking for info about a journalist/author/person?
  • Go to Phrase Search
  • Enter the author’s name in reverse order
  • Select Subject(LCSH) from the pull-down menu.

Finding Scholarly Articles

Finding Translated News/News in English

  • World News Connection (1995-present)
    Offers translated and English language news and information that is provided to the National Technical Information Service by the Open Source Network (formerly Foreign Broadcast Information Service). Compiled from non-United States media sources, covers political, environmental, scientific, technical, and socioeconomic issues and events. Contains information derived from full-text and summaries of newspaper articles, conference proceedings, television and radio broadcasts, periodicals, and non-classified technical reports.
  • Foreign Broadcast Information Service Index (1975-1996)
    The predecessor to WorldNewsConnect, it is an index to the FBIS extracts of news from the world press (in English). Information from foreign radio, television, news agency transmissions, newspapers, books and periodicals. Foreign language items are translated, English language items are transcribed. Actual FBIS documents are in microform on LL2.
  • Factiva
    • Includes both English and non-English newspapers and newswires. Covers more languages than LexisNexis.
    • Supports non-roman character searching
    • Search by Region (Country) to see all of the stories about that country/region; includes stories from all sources (English and non-English).
    • Search by Sources to identify and search sources from a specific region/country.
    • Be sure to change languages to ALL Languages if you want to pick up non-English. (The default is English.)

    Access World News

    • Includes over 600+ sources and 700+ international news sources—newspapers and wires.
    • English-only.
    • Provides a convenient map for browsing news sources from a country or region.

Finding Historical Coverage of Events in Newspapers


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