JOUR 48800: Issues and the News

About this Guide

This guide is a pathfinder to:
  • News analysis books, organizations and websites
  • News resources on the international, national and local levels
  • Databases providing multiple perspectives such as class, gender, ethnicity, and political perspective
  • Critically think about what was not covered, what was covered, and how it was covered through a variety of media outlets


Note: In library databases, you can search multiple international, national or state papers all at once. 

  • Nexis Uni (replaces LexisNexis)   Regional, National, and International news. Includes news wires and transcripts.
  • US Newsstream  National, regional, news wires, transcripts and the Ithaca Journal
  • National Newspapers Premier
    This database's detailed indexing will help you quickly find the news information you need. Each issue of each newspaper is indexed thoroughly, so researchers have access to not only top news stories but also the information contained on the various sections of the papers. The indexing covers not only complete bibliographic information but also companies, people, products, etc. (vendor: ProQuest) Newspapers file that includes BBC Monitoring.
  • InfoTrac Newsstand
    InfoTrac Newsstand provides access to more than 1,000 major U.S. regional, national and local newspapers as well as leading titles from around the world. (vendor: Gale)
  • Newspaper Source
    Provides access to both national and international newspapers, and contains abstracts and indexing from the following papers (cover to cover): the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today. Abstracting and indexing for all titles and full text for the Christian Science Monitor begins 1/1/95. Coverage includes everything except obituaries (exclusive of famous people), sports tables, ads/classifieds, stock prices, and weather. Additional data provided by Knight-Ridder/Tribune Business News: full text articles from 105 contributor newspapers. Additional data also provided by Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service: full text articles from 40 contributor newspapers. Total coverage includes over 500,000 articles. (vendor: EBSCO)
  • New York State Newspapers
    A database of several newspapers published in the state of New York, including the Buffalo News, Herald American (Syracuse), Indian Country Today (Oneida), New York Daily News, New York Observer (NY), New York Post (NY), New York Times, Newsday (Melville), Post-Standard (Syracuse), Post-Star (Glens Falls), Times Herald-Record (Middletown), Times Union (Albany), and the Watertown Daily Times.  (vendor: Gale: this is a subset of InfoTrac Newstand)

Note: you can also search by a particular paper title
Q: How do I which database contains a particular newspaper?
A: From the library's homepage, click the Databases tab and the scroll down to Find a Journal. Search the name of the newspaper title. 

  • Good for: They include layout and images
  • Problem: May not reach as far back as library database
  • Possible problem: Have to be searched one at a time
National/Internationalsee also:  my Research Guide for Global Information
  • Al Jazeera: Creative Commons Repository
    Footage released by Al Jazeera network under a Creative Commons license. As of October 2009 the repository contains Arabic and English video footage from the war on Gaza.
  • BBC News (BBC)
    Worldwide public service broadcaster funded by license fees paid by households in the United Kingdom. The BBC broadcasts radio, television and on the Internet.  Here is the search form.
  • Cable News Network (CNN)
  • National Public Radio (NPR)
    A privately funded non-for-profit member organization, produces news, talk, and entertainment programs.  Member stations offer national and local programming.  Transcripts for radio programs are available.
National Local

Opposing Viewpoints

Many popular magazines can be found in print at the "Popular Periodicals" section near the library's reference desk.  To check if we have online access search the "Journal Titles" tab at the top of the library's homepage. Here is a browsable list of popular magazines you can access online.

Liberal magazines include:
Mother Jones, The Nation, The Progressive, The New Leader, Utne Reader, Dissent, American Prospect, and the New Statesman (British).

Conservative magazines include:
American Spectator, National Review, Weekly Standard, American Enterprise, Commentary, American Outlook, Policy Review, and The Spectator (British).

Here is Yahoo’s list of “conservative” and “progressive” magazines.

  • General OneFile
    Current journal and news information in humanities, education, business, science, art, politics, economics, social sciences, law, health care, computers, technology and environmental issues.
  • Academic Search Premier. For opposing opinions on an issue, "Limit your results" below the search slots by setting the "Document Type" to "Editorial."
  • ProQuest. For opposing opinions on an issue, open the "More Search Options" tab below the search slots and set "Document Type" to "Editorial."
  • Editorial Cartoons
    Browse editorial cartoons by subject: Arts, Entertainment &the Media; Business, Labor &the Economy; Crime & Terrorism; Education; Environment; Families and Family Life; Human & Civil Rights; International Affairs; Judiciary; Medicine & Health Care; Minorities & Race Relations; Politics & Political Reform; Religion; Science and Technology; Sports; Wars, Weaponry & Military Forces; & Women
  • CQ Researcher  Each issue is devoted to a single topic and contains a "Pro/Con" section of opposing opinion. Use the "Quick Search" to locate relevant issues.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
    Opposing Viewpoints in Context covers today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change. This database helps students research, analyze, and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.
  • Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues is an organization that promotes critical thinking and education without bias.
  • There is a book series called opposing viewpoints that can provide background on topics.

Alternative Perspectives in the News

see also:  my Research Guide for Independent Media

  • Alternative Press Index
    Index to articles in alternative news sources. Use to research topics that may not be well covered in the mainstream press; 1991 to current.  
  • Black Newspapers
    Black Newspapers is a collection of current newspapers providing access to news from 1989 to the present,including Afro-American Red Star, Call & Post (A&I), Chicago Defender, Houston Post (A&I), Michigan Chronicle, Muslim Journal (A&I), New Journal & Guide (A&I), New York Amsterdam News, and the Los Angeles Sentinel.
  • GenderWatch
    GenderWatch is a full-text database containing 140 international publications plus reports, pamphlets, papers and conference proceedings devoted to women's and gender issues. It is a repository of materials on gender issues worldwide, the evolution of the women's movement, and the changes in gender roles over the last twenty years.
  • LGBT life with Full Text
    World's literature regarding Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender issues. (Was GLBT Life with Full Text)
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Ethnic Newswatch is a full-text collection of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Contents include African American, Arab and Middle Eastern, Asian American, European, Jewish, and Native American publications, including the Spanish-language press.
  • Small Town Papers
    Over 250 small town newspapers can be browsed and searched. Scanned newspaper archive from 1865 up to the current edition for some titles.

  • Alternatives Library
    A library on the campus of Cornell University devoted to contempoary issue oriented  resources that are not typically found in research and public libraries.  It was dedicated to Anne Carry Durland in 1974.  It is open to all.
Note:  for coverage on any blog use Google's Blog search
  • Daily Kos
    Progressive community blog.
  • Drudge Report
    Aggregated news feeds from Matt Drudge. Some original reporting. Considered conservative leaning.
    An independent news organization that strives to bring global issues to the masses through articles, headlines, videos, and blogs. Articles are completely original, written by GNN users or contributors. Search by countries, keyword, and/or topics.
  • Huffington Post
    Edgy leftist blog founded by Arianna Huffington.
  • Independent Media Center (imc)
    Collective site for independent media organizations.
  • Nation : Blogs
    The Nation magazine\'s blog site. Includes: Campaign 08, Editor\'s Cut, The Beat, Actnow!, The Dreyfuss Report, Capitolism, The Notion, And Another Thing.  Liberal perspecitve.
  • National Review : Blog Row
    National Review magazine's Blog Row includes: Bench Memos, Campain Spot, The Corner, Frum, Kudlow, Liberal Fascism, Media Blog, Phi Beta Cons, Planet Gore, Pryce-Jones, and Tank.  Default is to The Corner. Conservative perspective.
  • Native Networks
    Initiated by the Smithsonian\'s National Museum of the American Indian, this site is a guide to media produced by people in Hawaii and the Americas.
  • New America Media (NAM)
    Founded by Pacific News Service in 1996, NAM collaborates with over 2000 ethnic news organizations to disseminate stories. Readers can chose stories by ethnicities or by special beats.
  • Politico
    Online magazine with blogs covering American politics.
  • Talking Points Memo (TPM)
    Josh Marshall's political blog.
  • TNR Blogs
    The New Republic: A Journal of Politics and the Art magazine (TNR) hosts the following blogs: The Plank, The Stump, The Spine, The Flack, and The Vine.
  • Weekly Standard : The Blog
    The Weekly Standard, a conservative news magazine, includes a blog, "Today's Standard."

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LexisNexis Help: News searching

LexisNexis maintains a wiki of help screens to their product.  The library subscribes to an Academic product for colleges and universities. There are other professional and subscription products sold to practitioners; the content may differ based on what is licensed.

You may need to limit your results using boolean search operators or searching specific sections of a document:
  • Boolean searching  This page lists and defines proximity operators such as w/p (words within the same paragraph), w/s (words within the same sentence), atleast (you can say you want a word to appear atleast5 -- at least 5 times in the article which increases the relevancy), etc.
  • Advanced Search: Build your own search.  If you want to search by headline, byline, city, company geographic region, person, publication, etc. you may have build a search using segments.  This page explains what segments are and how to build a search.
These are wiki pages that define specific searchs in LexisNexis Academic:

Model Analysis: Michael Massing

Massing, M. (2004). Now They Tell Us: The American Press and Iraq. New York: New York Review Books. 
see also: New York Review of Books: Michael Massing

News Analysis Organizations

  • Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
    A national media watch group that monitors media bias and censorship.
  • Pew Research: Journalism Project
    Assesses the state of news in society. Includes a link to The State of the News Media Annual Report as well as other research reports and analysis.
  • Media Cloud
    Data tool from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard that visualizes the flow of the media.
  • Media Channel
    Non-profit organization conducting analysis of the media in the public interest.
  • Media Education Foundation
    Organization that produces educational documentaries that examines American mass media's impact on society.
  • Media Education Lab
    University of Rhode Island, Harrington School's program that focuses on media education through curriculum materials, publications, workshops, seminars, etc.
  • Media Matters for America
    Progressive news monitoring organization.
  • National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)
    Organization focused on media literacy in the United States.
  • MIT Center for Civic Media: Projects
    Tools that can be used for media analysis.
  • Newsy: Multisource video news
    According to the About page, Newsy is the, "only video news service that allows users to compare bias by highlighting nuances in reporting."
  • On the Media
    On the Media is a National Public Radio Program that reflects on how the media covered events in the weekly news. It also discusses issues in the media such as freedom of information.
  • Pew Research Center for People and the Press
    Organization that conducts national surveys on the politics and the media. Includes data sets, reports, and links to polls.
  • Project Look Sharp
    Project Look Sharp provides materials, training and support to help teachers prepare students for life in today's media saturated world. Project Look Sharp promotes the effective integration of media literacy and critical thinking into classroom curricula at all educational levels and instructional areas. Project Look Sharp also evaluates the effectiveness of school-based media literacy education.

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