Updated January 2015
JOURNALIST SPECIFIC TOOLS
Reporter's Desktop - Handy Search Launchpad
Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Resource Center - Online Companion to the Investagative Reporter's Handbook
Journalist's Toolkit - from Mediachannel.org
FIND BOOKS, JOURNALS & ARTICLES
BuffaloState Butler Library "Summon" Search - Similtaniously Searches Multiple Academic Databases. Access to materials behind subscription paywalls requires Buffalo State login.
Library of Congress
Google Scholar Search - Online Journals. Find citations here, then search your home library databases or interlibrary loan if full text is not available.
Google Book Search - Search Within Text of Scanned Books. Find complete books via interlibrary loan.
Newspaper Archives by State - Find articles by nespaper. (from UNC)
Lexus/Nexus - BSC Students and Faculty Login Here
The Invisible Web - Comprehensive Searchable Listing of Searchable Databases
NICAR - National Inst for Computer Assisted Reporting Database Library
IRE Database Library - ($) Descriptions of Govmt. databases digitized by IRE and available for purchase.
Search Google for Spreadsheets - Use this link and Specify .xls under "file type."
Archive.org - The Internet's Not-for-Profit Library
WayBack Machine - Archive.org's Historic Snapshots of the Internet. Go Back in Time & Look for Revisionism
ibiblio.org - "a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies from The Univ. of N. Carolina.
TV News Archive - Searchable Archived TV News Programs by Subject etc. (very incomplete)
Newspaper Archives by State - Find articles by nespaper. (from UNC)
US GOVERNMENT INFO
Federal Open Government Guide - From Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Fed World - Gateway to Government Publications (also see Library of Congress)
GAO - Government Accountability Office. Online Reports, Investigations etc. [ Publications]
First Gov - Search US Government Datbases
US Tax Court Records -- For For IRS Liens by Name
Pacer - U.S. District, Bankruptcy, and Appellate court records (small fee)
OSHA - Occupational Safety and Health Administration / Databases and Info
Government Accountability Project - Not-for-Profit Whistleblower Defense Organization - Info by Subject / Industry
Center for Responsive Politics - Homepage
Sunlight Foundation - Dedicated to Transparancy in Government
Open Congress - Congressional Voting Records etc.
Congresspedia - a Wiki on Congress (Wiki Warning!)
US GOVERNMENT / ENVIRONMENTAL INFO
Right to Know Network -- Protecting and Providing Access to Envionmental Databases
EPA Toxic Release Inventory Program -- From the US Environmental Protection Agency
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
FOIA Guide - From Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
National Freedom of Information Coalition - Info on How to Use FOIA and Sunshine Laws
FOIA Information - from Reporters' Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP)
FOIA Letter Generator (Federal) from RCFP - Too EZ. Be sure to edit.
Brechner Center - Guide to Using FOIA and Sunshine Laws
Center for Public Integrity - FOIA info
Department of Justice FOIA Info Site
LOCAL GOVERNMENT RECORDS
Master Directory -- Compresensive Directory of Local and STate Government Websites.
State Open Government Guide - From Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Gov Engine - Similar to Above
Public Records Directory - ($) From Search Systems. Subscription Fee for Full Access or Locate What Directories are Availalbe for Free (then find from original source).
Public Records Finder - Links to Sources (fee & free) for Finding Public Records
New York State GOVERNMENT RECORDS
Gov Engine NY - Directory of State Databases
New York Open Government Guide - From Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
NY Court Info
Disciplinary Actions - Against Licenses Professionals
Teachers' Certificates - Search by Name fopr Current Status
Housing Court -- Limited to NYC and Buffalo - Search by Name
Civil Court Cases -- Search by Name (limited to NYC, Auburn, Geneva and Canandaigua)
NYS Supreme Court Cases - All 64 Counties
Pending Criminal Cases - Limited to NYC and burbs, Buffalo/Erie Co
Family Court - Including Domestic Violence - Search by Names - All 64 Counties
Sex Offender Locator
Unified Court Case Search
Buffalo, NY GOVERNMENT RECORDS
Erie County Clerk's Office - Online Data
Erie County Government -
Niagara County Government
City of Buffalo Property Information
Center for Responsive Politics - Election Finance Databases
Federal Election Commission
Center for Public Integrity - Campaign and Issue Finance Database
Maplight - Mapping the Money in Politics
State by State - Guide to Local Boards of Election
"FREE TRADE" & GLOBALIZATION
TradeWatch - Database and Info on FTAA, NAFTA, TAFTA, TPP and Fast Track. From Public Citizen.
International Forum on Globalization - 60 Organizations form 20 Countries. Scholarly Analysis of Global Economy
National Mobilization Against Sweatshops - Research, Info. Names names.
Multinational Resource Center - Database for journalists and students tracking corporations.
Corp Political Contributions - Track Political Contributions and Lobbying Expenses for Major Corporations. Excellent Resource
Ctr. For Public Integrity - Database of Corporate Funding of Polticos
They Rule - Database Mapping Connections Between Corporations
Corporate Watch - Research Trans-National Corporate Activity - also see Multinational Monitor (above)
Paywatch - In 1999 the average CEO made 475x average worker's salary, up from 42x in 1980! Stats Here.
Council on Economic Priorities - Analysis of Social and Environmental Performance of Corporations.
AFL-CIO Corporate Research Page - Resources
Sweatshop Info - Products and Companies
Boycott Action News - Latest Info on Major Boycotts from Co-op America
Center for Responsive Politics - Lobbying Directory
Toll-Free Phone Directory
WIKIS - (interactive evolving group sourced databases)
Little Sis - Keeping tabs on the one percent. Who's connected to who, how, etc. Background people and organizations. A project of the Public Accoutability Inititative.
LOCATING NEWS MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS & LIBRARIES
NewsLink - Find Local Newspapers, Magazines and Broadcast Outlets by Geographic Locale
Specialized Information Publishers Association - Find Trade Publications by Industry
LIST SERVES AND BLOGS
Finding List Serves - Search by Subject or Region etc. From L-Soft.
Google Blog Search
Google Group Search
Technorati Blog Search
Vlogs - Browse Video Blogs
LOCATING (& BACKGROUNDING) PEOPLE
411.com - Phone Directory, Reverse Phone Directory etc. Or try Switchboard.com.
Ancestry.com - ($) fee based. Will Provide or Confirm Basic Info for Free
Little Sis - Keeping tabs on the powerful. Who's connected to who, how, etc. See WIKIS above.
US Census Bureau
Bureau of Economic Analysis - Economic Data by US Region
CIA Factbook - World Data From the US Government
Claritas Corp ($) - Typologies. Some Free, Some Fee.
Rand Corp. ($) - Economic / Social Data. Fee
Nationmaster.com - Much like the CIA Factbook, but includes additional information, also easier to compare countries.
Archive.com Moving Image Library - Fun.
Google Image Search
Search Youtube - advanced
Find Federal Prisonors
Find NYS Prisonors
Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics
Radio and Television News Directors Assocation Code of Ethics
Assocated Press Managing Editors Statement on Ethics
T or F
Your Right to take Photographs in public places - A pdf format one page outline of your rights.
The War on Photographers - Popular Photography Article.
Freedom of the Press - From the First Amendment Center.
Freedom of Speech - From the First Amendment Center
Academic Freedom - From Illinios State Univ. Ph.D. Candidate John Wilsom
Google Patent Search
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