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Subject Librarian:

Van Houlson

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

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 resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education
Save time and search all four EBSCO databases at once. The EBSCO MegaFILE is comprised of the complete content and functionality of Academic Search Premier, MasterFILE Premier, Business Source Premier, and Regional Business News.

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.

Connect to Google Scholar through the Libraries' web site to gain off-campus access to all the articles and journals in full text in the Libraries. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web. To connect to the full text, click "FindIt@U of M Twin Cities" in your Google Scholar search results. Learn more: Google Scholar FAQ

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

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. Help can be found on their website.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

Full text database of media outlets, trade publications, news sources and websites that has international coverage. Includes daily newspapers, 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.

Due to licensing restrictions for academic subscriptions, not all of the news sources in Factiva are available. See this list of Excluded Titles. If you need assistance using Factiva, please contact the Journalism Librarian.

LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, news, magazines, and wire services. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, and consumer information. Legal publications include law journals, federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, patents and legal reference materials.

ProQuest Newspapers provides indexing and full text access to 1,270 newspapers and wire feeds. Full-text titles include major U.S. daily newspapers such as the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.

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.


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.


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

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

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

Divided into five sections that explore how to research topics such as media institutions, media content, communication in society; consumption, audiences, politics, and problems in conducting mass communication research.

Books at the University Libraries on theories, methodologies, ratings, and history of media audiences.

Textbook on qualitative methods used in media research, with an emphasis on integrating theory with practice.

SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a tool designed to help you create research projects and understand the methods behind them. SRMO's new taxonomy of over 1,400 unique methods terms links to authoritative content, including: Over 600 books; Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks; The entire "Little Green Book" and "Little Blue Book" series; Two major works collating a selection of journal articles; Newly commissioned videos.

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.


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.

Internet Resources

Electronic Texts

SRDS is a professional database in advertising and marketing. Locate media for business and consumer magazines, websites, news media, television, cable, radio, outdoor, direct marketing and other outlets. Find information about advertising rates, audience metrics, website analytics, media kits, profiles, and contacts.
Includes Nielsen Segmentation and Market Solutions to create find PRIZM reports of lifestyle segments by geographies and to conduct target audience research on consumer demographics. Obtain current estimates of demographic summaries for counties, states, and designated market areas (DMA) for cities in the United States.

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

News Sources

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)
  • Bombay times and journal of commerce (1838-1859)
  • Bombay times and standard (1861-1861)
  • Chicago Defender (1910-1975)
  • Chicago Tribune (1849-1991)
  • Christian Science Monitor (1908-2001)
  • Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005)
  • Los Angeles Times (1881-1991)
  • New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993)
  • New York Times (1851-2011)
  • Pittsburgh Courier: (1911-2002)
  • Times of India (1861-2006)
  • Wall Street Journal (1889-1997)
  • Washington Post (1877-1998)

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.

Statistics and Data

Data Resources

A partial collection from Newspaper Archives 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.

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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Library Information

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Journalism Library (Eric Sevareid)

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