Journalists face specific challenges in selecting, reading critically, and using information ethically in their writing. Journalists must conduct their research in a wide variety of multidisciplinary resources, must be adept at using resources from those different types of resources, and must learn how to write for multiple media outlets, such as newspapers, radio, television, blogs, and other new media outlets. The goal is to produce accurate and quality research-based writing in the fast-paced news environment.
Use this guide to help you find sources for different types of research you conduct. First, determine what you are searching for--books, news stories, scholarly articles, background information, videos, etc. Then choose one of the tabs along the left side of this guide to get searching tips and resources for that type of search.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is now found exclusively in the NewsBank database called America's News.This database includes the complete electronic editions of more than 1,500 U.S. news sources and news video clips, covering local and regional news. Paid advertisements are excluded.
Because journalists can be researching any topic, first determine the general subject for your topic, then search for your topic in the databases that contain sources on that subject.