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Approaches to Research in Journalism Studies: JRN 2701

Research help for the course, JRN 2701: Approaches to Research in Journalism Studies

Why Use News Databases?

news sourcesMost news sources have websites with news and historical archives. However, Temple Libraries subscribes to a number of news databases that offer advantages over searching news sources directly on the Web:

  • Search more than one news source at the same time
  • Powerful keyword search engines
  • Deep historic news archives
  • Access to content that costs money on the Web

Content adapted from "Newspapers as a research tool" from the University of Utah Libraries.

Find Newspaper & Magazine Articles in News Databases

Search Tips

Not sure what keywords to use? Try some of the following suggestions:

  • The name of a media organization, business, or company
  • The name of a brand or product
  • Names of individuals associated with your media issue
  • Key events associated with your media issue (ie. campaigns, advertising)
  • Legislation or laws associated with your media issue

Other tips:

  • Place quotation marks around names and phrases. This will force the database to search for those exact words. (ie. "John Stewart")
  • Limit your search to a specific region/state/publication (ie. Pennsylvania, The Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • Limit your search to a specific timeframe (ie. past year, past month, 2001-2003)