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Journalism: Research tools beyond Bobst

This guide is a reference tool for students in the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

Search Tools beyond Bobst Library


Serendip-o-matic connects your sources to digital materials located in libraries, museums, and archives around the world. By first examining your research interests, and then identifying related content in locations such as the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Europeana, and Flickr Commons, this serendipity engine helps you discover photographs, documents, maps and other primary sources.

Whether you begin with text from an article, a Wikipedia page, or a full Zotero collection, Serendip-o-matic's special algorithm extracts key terms and returns a surprising reflection of your interests. Because the tool is designed mostly for inspiration, search results aren't meant to be exhaustive, but rather suggestive, pointing you to materials you might not have discovered. At the very least, the magical input-output process helps you step back and look at your work from a new perspective. Created by scholars at George Mason University's Roy Rosenzweig Center for New Media and History for the One Week One Tool project.


DocumentCloud is both a repository of primary source documents and a tool for document-based investigative reporting, kind of a like an online card catalog for primary source documents. It is designed specifically for journalists- when you upload a document to DocumentCloud, you can annotate it, share it with colleagues in your newsroom or beyond your newsroom, view lists of people and places named in it, plot the dates it contains on a timeline and more.

Everything you upload to DocumentCloud stays private until you're ready to make it public, but once you decide to publish, your documents join thousands of other primary source documents in their public catalog. Use their document viewer to embed documents on your own website and introduce your audience to the larger paper trail behind your story.

DocumentCloud contains court filings, hearing transcripts, testimony, legislation, reports, memos, meeting minutes, and correspondence. It is free to join!



Citation Management Tools

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