TVR 12300: Intro to Law and Media

Reference Sources

Best Bets: Databases

Note:  The Dashboard (see right column) searches across all databases. I recommend it as a starting place.  For more search control using field codes and databases thesaurus, search the databases one at a time.

EBSCO Sample Search:

Keyword search:
(law or legal or crim* or court or justice ) AND SU ( media or journalism or television or internet or "social media" ) AND ( portrayal or depiction or representation ) AND "united states" 

Subject search:
Television crime shows
MASS media & crime
CRIME & the press
CRIME in mass media 
VICTIMS of crimes in mass media

  • Nexis Uni (replaces LexisNexis)   Search for news coverage for a period of time by setting the date range. Better for news from the late 20th century to current (approximately 1980 forward though coverage varies by title).  Also includes broadcast news transcripts.
  • 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
    Multi-disciplinary database which includes a large collection of peer-reviewed journals in many areas of academic study including: archaeology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, ethnic & multicultural studies, law, mathematics, music, physics, psychology, religion & theology, women's studies, and other fields.  Coverage varies, but begins in the 1990s for most journals.
  • Readers' Guide Retrospective
    Database containing comprehensive indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and reflects the history of 20th century America. The complete database covers the years 1890 through 1982. Use to research contemporary writings on general news areas as current events, business, fashion, politics, crafts, education, history, sports, food, science, theater reviews, and film reviews.   We may have the fulltext in print or microfilm.  If not, submit an Interlibrary loan request.
  • New York Times (1851-2013)
    The full-text of the NY Times. Includes all images and advertising.  Search for names, events and concepts and view a summary of an article, a PDF image of the article or the entire page of the newspaper.   1851-2008
  • Wall Street Journal (1889-2000)
    Includes the full text, full image, and advertising. Search for names, events and concepts. See a summary of the article as well as an image of the article or the entire page of the newspaper. Use the Date option at the bottom of the screen to limit your search to particular dates.  1889-1994
  • Watch a short video on how to search NYT and WSJ historical news together.

Historical Bound Periodicals

Here is a list of some of the historical print periocials available on the 4th floor of the library:
These are all heavily illustrated with prints, photographs, and/or advertising.
For images in other popular magazines, click here.

Special Collections and Archives

  • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
    A Library of Congress and National Endowment for the Humanities site containing more than 226,000 pages of public-domain newspapers from California, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah, Virginia and the District of Columbia published between 1900 and 1910.
  • Facts on File World News Digest
    Facts on File World News Digest provides Information on issues, events, and people from 1940 to the present. Features include country profiles, primary documents, key issues, newsmaker profiles, and newspaper editorials. The database incorporates World Almanac and Book of Facts.
  • Internet Archive Includes the CNN Transcript Collection and a News and Public Affairs collection (see also listed as the "Prelinger Archives" below)
  • National Public Broadcasting Archives (NPBA) and the Library of American Broadcasting (LAB)
    The Mass Media & Culture special collection at the University of Maryland Libraries is an archival collection of audio-video recordings, broadcast transcripts, pamphlets, periodicals, photos and other materials focusing on the history of broadcasting. 
  • List of online newspaper archives (Wikipedia)
    Lists online newspaper archive projects by nation and by state. Distinguishes free collections from fee-based ones.
  • Media History Digital Library
    A non-profit initiative dedicated to digitizing collections of classic media periodicals about cinema, broadcasting, and recorded sound. Collections feature extensive runs of several important trade papers and fan magazines.  
  • Mike Wallace Interview
    Collection of broadcasts from the the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. Interviews from the the early 1960s broadcast features leading senators, artists, and politicians from the period.
  • National Security Archive (at George Washington University)
    Declassified documents pertaining to national security obtained by FOIA requests.  Contains collections such as the Torture Archive (primary sources related to the detention and interrogation of individuals by the United States).
  • New York State Historical Newspapers
    The Old Fulton NY Post Card website includes a database that searches New York Historical papers (prior to 1922) including ones from Ithaca. Note: the design of the site is curious...
  • Newseum
    Front pages from US newspapers and international newspapers are posted daily. Geographic and alphabetical by title searching is available. 

Audio-Visual Resources

  • American Women Making History and Culture
    A collection of historical (1950s-70s) audio recordings concerning women and the women's movement produced by a consortium of Pacifica Radio and the UC Berkeley Social Activism Sound Recording Project.
  • BBC Motion Gallery
    BBC programming (over 70 years) available for licensing.  The BBC has partnered with Getty Images.
  • Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC): Archives
    Located in Chicago, the MBC provides publications, events, a searchable archive, and a Radio Hall of Fame to preserve and protect the history of radio and television. MBC's archives includes television and radio programming, commercials and images.  Users must register for a free account.  Check the Digital File Available box to retrieve fulltext. NOTE:  the archives server is currently not working; MBC is working on it and it should be fixed by Fall 2013.
  • Mike Wallace Interview
    Collection of broadcasts from the the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. Interviews from the the early 1960s broadcast features leading senators, artists, and politicians from the period.
  • Prelinger Archives
    Over 48,000 films, 90 old time radio audio clips, 2,000 game videos, 250 independent news clips and much more (including educational films, cimmercials, stock footage, advertisements and industry films)   Here is the page for  "News & Public Affairs"  They also added a TV News Archive tab to their site that works like the Vanderbilt TV News archive, below.
  • Television News Archive (Vanderbilt University)
    Index to television news broadcasts from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN as well as special events coverage. Users must register prior to searching. Tapes can be borrowed for a fee paid by the requestor. 1989+

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