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Research help for finding information related to Journalism practice and studies.

Research & Scholarly Experts

TIP: Many universities compile their own faculty expert databases, listing their faculty researchers and their interest areas.

Try searching in a web search engine (e.g. Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, etc.) using and combining search terms like: 'research,' 'faculty,' 'expert,' 'database,' the name of the university, and ''  Example:
search box with the words "harvard university", experts, and inside of it

Non-profit Organizations

The staff of a relevant non-profit may be able to answer questions and have an expertise in your story area.

US Government Experts

You may be able to find a government expert to interview.

What to Look for in a Credible Expert

  • Someone affiliated with a reputable organization, university, etc.
  • Someone who has authored works that have been characterized or identified as authoritative in the field in question, by multiple reputable sources.
  • Someone that has been characterized or identified as an authority in his or her field, by multiple reputable sources.
  • Someone who by virtue of their position (in a government agency, for instance) could be considered to be an authority.

No matter where you find a source is listed, check them out. Do your due diligence so that you are not embarrassed later.

Run a Google search and a news clip search to look for any controversies, and also see what expert has said about your subject in the past to look for glaring inaccuracies or bias exhibited.

-- Content adapted from CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Research Center's Finding Experts guide.