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Subject Librarian:

Caroline Lilyard

The subject of journalism covers the collection, preparation, and distribution of news and related commentary and feature materials through old and new media.

Article Databases and Indexes

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Search for articles from journals, magazines, and news sources on any topic. EBSCO MegaFILE is a combined search of Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier and Regional Business News databases. Select "Choose Databases" to expand your search.

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Find academic journal articles on topics in mass media, film, television, marketing, and communications in business, health, and other communication studies.

This database can be used to find research articles on film studies' topics. Aspects covered include theory, preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, reviews (back to 1914) and more. The database allows full searching of more than 270 publications and selected coverage of 300 more. Articles are available for more than 80 journals and texts from nearly 50 books. If the article you are interested in is not available online, click the Find It-button to see if the article is available in another library database, or to see if the library has the article in print.

An abstract and citation database with a single search platform searching content from ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciTopics, and relevant Web content.

Online search engine from the publisher of many communication journals. This is a Find-It enabled database that will link to library holdings or to Interlibrary Loan requests.

Search within a comprehensive interdisciplinary collection of journal article citations. Subjects generally covered are within Science and technology, arts and humanities, and social sciences . Use the citation web to find articles and journals with the most impact. Coverage runs from 1975 to the present. Find help on their website.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

Full text articles and transcripts from news sources, business magazines, and websites with international and foreign language coverage. Includes daily newspapers, television transcripts, newswires, and all editions of the Wall Street Journal. Financial information for publicly traded companies, stocks, funds, currencies, and common market indexes. Limited to 7 simultaneous users.

Global Newsstream enables users to search the most recent global news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring content from newspapers, newswires, and news sites in active full-text format. Provides access to news from the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Australia.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Oxford Bibliographies offers exclusive, authoritative research guides. Combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia, this resource guides researchers to the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects.

General Reference Sources


Use this source to look up terms used for measuring audiences, advertising and marketing for all kinds of broadcasting, print, and online media. This dictionary is part of the Oxford Reference Online collection.


International directory of newspapers that includes statistics and contact information for the U.S. and Canada. Includes dailies, weeklies, shopper publications and other niche markets by ethnic group and target audience ( real estate, parenting, seniors), college presses, syndicated news services, trade associations, and a buyers guide of equipment for the newspaper industry.

Service from the Alliance for Audited Media that tracks circulation, data for newspapers, consumer magazines, business publications and farm publications from the US, Canada, and other countries. Includes audit circulation statistics for online editions. Access is for a single user.

Lists information for over a quarter-million serial records such as newspapers, popular and trade magazines, and academic and scholarly journals. Includes active, ceased, and forthcoming publications. Search by title, subject and more.


Covers the field of journalism in print, broadcasting, and online. international perspectives on the history, technology, legal issues, and economics of journalism. Over 300 topics are covered such as design, editing, advertising, marketing, libel, censorship, bias, digital manipulation, and political cartoonists. Information on journalism awards and prizes, journalistic freedom around the world, along with annotated bibliographies.

edited by Margaret A. Blanchard
Chicago : Fitzroy Dearborn, c1998

Donsbach, Wolfgang (ed). The International Encyclopedia of Communication. Blackwell Publishing, 2008. Reference source for the discipline of communication studies describes research, major works, theories, and various disciplines of communication research.

International coverage of social media, commercial applications, online gaming, law and policy, and the development of communication technologies. A Wiley-Blackwell encyclopedia published in conjunction with the International Communication Association (2015).

General Reference Works

Includes training sessions on newsroom skills for writing, video, web, audio, writing, storytelling, along with briefings for key subjects, ethics and values, and legal matters. A useful resource for students wanting to learn the best practices of news reporting from the BBC. This title is free from the BBC as of July 1, 2014

Search all library subscriptions from Sage Publishing including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more.

Handbooks and Manuals

Jo A. Cates
3rd ed.
Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2004

Overview of the privileges and responsibilities of a free press. Published by the Bureau of International Information Programs. United States Department of State. Written by Prof. Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law.

SAGE Guide to Key Issues in Mass Media Ethics and Law

Covers ethical responsibly and legal rights for both speech and press, newsgathering and access, and privacy to libelous reporting, business considerations, and changing rules for social media and the Internet.

Summaries about the production and consumption of news in the digital era and the actors producing information.

Theories about humanistic and scientific approaches; global and comparative perspectives; the relation of media to economy and power; media users; and other issues including digital technologies, media ethics and advertising.

Overview of television studies includes issues of ownership and regulation, audience consumption, genres,the roles of journalists, writers, cinematographers, producers and manufacturers in the production process, and analyses of audiences in the contexts of gender, race and class.

Manual on how to create codes and use Google tools to gather information from websites.


Annual reviews of research in mass media, communication studies, and media theory. A publication of the International Communication Association to advance the knowledge and understanding of communication systems, processes, and impacts.

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

News Sources

Full-text news for over 9,000 sources including U.S. and international news sources, major wire services, and hundreds of local broadcasting outlets and blogs. Provides unique coverage of local news outlets, including over 100 Minnesota sources. Paid advertisements are excluded. Collections can be searched by specific title, region, state, country, or continent. Mostly English language news coverage with some 200 titles in Spanish, French, Afrikaans and other languages.

Series 1 (1827-1998): Features 280 newspapers from 35 states, including many rare and historically significant 19th-century titles. These titles published for or by African Americans constitute primary sources for researchers exploring such diverse disciplines as cultural, literary and social history, ethnic studies and more. Beginning with Freedom’s Journal (NY)—the first African American newspaper published in the United States—the titles in this series include The Colored Citizen (KS), Arkansas State Press, Rights of All (NY), Wisconsin Afro-American, New York Age, L'Union (LA), Northern Star and Freeman’s Advocate (NY), Richmond Planet, Cleveland Gazette, The Appeal (MN) and hundreds of others from every region of the U.S.

Series 2 (1835-1956): Complements and expands on Series 1. Published in 22 states and the District of Columbia, the more than 75 newly available newspapers in Series 2 increase access to primary sources for researchers across African and African American studies, political science, ethnic studies, diaspora studies, women’s studies, and cultural, literary and social history. Key titles include Frederick Douglass’s New National Era (Washington, DC), Washington Tribune (Washington, DC), Chicago Bee (Chicago, IL), The Louisianian (New Orleans, LA), The Pine and Palm (Boston, MA), National Anti-Slavery Standard (New York, NY), New York Age (New York, NY), Harlem Liberator (New York, NY), North Carolina Republican and Civil Rights Advocate (Weldon, NC), Southern News (Richmond, VA) and many others.

Full-text articles from over 300 American ethnic and minority newspapers including Asian-American, Jewish, African-American, Native-American, Arab-American, Eastern-European, and other multi-ethnic communities. Coverage dates back to 1990.

Current students, faculty, and staff must register and create personal accounts using University of Minnesota e-mail addresses at the link below. Once registered, you can use your account to log in to the from anywhere on any device by clicking on the "Sign in" link in the upper right-hand corner.

Guest access for non-affiliated users is available at the CD-ROM workstation (computer ID: ULPAWil-101-ROM) located in the Smart Commons area of Wilson Library basement.

A partial collection from Newspapers.Com covering historical newspapers from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma. Digital reproductions of newspapers from counties and cities from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Search all the Proquest Historical Newspapers currently available at the University of Minnesota Libraries, or click on "Publications" to customize your search.

  • Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003)
  • Chicago Defender (1909-1975)
  • Chicago Tribune (1849-1993)
  • Christian Science Monitor (1908-2003)
  • Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005)
  • Los Angeles Times (1881-1993)
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune (1867-2001)
  • New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993)
  • New York Times (1851-2013)
  • Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002)
  • The Times of India (1838-2007)
  • Wall Street Journal (1889-1999)
  • Washington Post (1877-2000)

Digital Archive of The Times of London for the years 1785-2012. Full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories.

The Television News Archive available from Vanderbilt University, is an index to more than 30,000 individual network evening news broadcasts from ABC, CBS, and NBC (August 1968 - present), and CNN daily news (1995 - present). Also, there are more than 9,000 hours of special news-related programming including ABC's Nightline since September 1988.

Access to the articles, photographs, charts, podcasts, videos and other premium content available on the WSJ.COM website back to the 2010. Each user must set up a personal account to save articles, create alerts, download apps, and use other features. Access available only for University of Minnesota Twin Cities students, faculty, and staff. No guest access available.

WSJ.COM will transition to a new platform on March 15th, 2018. If you are already a registered user, you will be asked to reactivate your WSJ account by visiting the link below. You will have the option to log in with existing credentials to streamline the process. You will not be able to access paid articles on WSJ.COM directly until you have reactivated your account.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Style Manuals

The Associated Press (AP) style and usage guide used by the news industry. Use this guide for standard practices for names of people and institutions, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, abbreviation, spelling, numerals and other reporting practices.

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The Kanopy platform hosts video spanning multiple disciplines and representing multiple educational media/independent film producers and distributors. The UMN Libraries have subscribed primarily to the California Newsreel and Media Education Foundation collections, but access also includes a handful of select popular titles (e.g., Miss Representation, In Whose Honor, etc..) from other distributors as well (e.g., New Day, PBS, Ken Burns, etc..).

Video archive and transcripts of 60 Minutes, the CBS television news program magazine that covers a range of social, political, and international issues. Includes the Sunday Morning broadcasts. Find videos by topic, journalists, date and other criteria for 60 minute segments from 1997-2014. For more information, see this overview.

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Journalism Library (Eric Sevareid)

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