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Reporting Web Research Guide

This guide points to some of the top web resources for finding news, legal, business, and government information on the web. The resources it points to are representative of the best sites available for certain types of research but is in no way intended to be comprehensive.

News & Current Events
Locate news articles and current events information.
Cases & Legislation
Locate federal, state, and local legal cases and federal and state legislation.

Company Information
Locate information about companies and industries.

Government Information
Locate government information on the web.
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News & Current Events

1) LexisNexis Academic News
"This database provides full-text documents from over 5,600 news, business, legal, medical, and reference publications including: national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources..."

2) Google News
"Google News is a computer-generated news site that aggregates headlines from more than 4,500 English-language news sources worldwide, groups similar stories together and displays them according to each reader's personalized interests...Our articles are selected and ranked by computers that evaluate, among other things, how often and on what sites a story appears online. As a result, stories are sorted without regard to political viewpoint or ideology and you can choose from a wide variety of perspectives on any given story."

3) CNN

" is among the world's leaders in online news and information delivery. Staffed 24 hours, seven days a week by a dedicated staff in CNN's world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and in bureaus worldwide, relies heavily on CNN's global team of almost 4,000 news professionals. features the latest multimedia technologies, from live video streaming to audio packages to searchable archives of news features and background information."

4) New York Times
"Printing 'All the News That's Fit to Print,' The New York Times bears the reputation of being the United States' unofficial newspaper of record. Comprehensive coverage of national, foreign, business and local news comes from The Times' extensive foreign news network and bureaus around the United States."

5) National Public Radio (NPR)
"National Public Radio produces three news magazines: Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.  All three programs provide in-depth reports; newscasts; features on science, arts and business; news maker interviews and profiles; human interest features; sports, social, political and music commentary."

6) International News Sources

LexisNexis Academic News World
With this module of LexisNexis Academic News, you can search selected news sources and obtain full text articles from North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, and the Middle East and Africa.
The BBC is a respected name in broadcast news and entertainment and is especially recognized for their comprehensive and authoritative international news coverage.

Cases & Legislation

1) LexisNexis Academic Legal Research
Students can use Legal Research to:
iconaccess case law, statutes and regulations
icondive into secondary source materials such as legal news or law reviews

2) FindLaw
This highly regarded site provides links to legal information about organizations, cases, national and state resources, and news.

Supreme Court Cases
Locate Supreme Court cases and case analyses in books, articles, and web pages.

4) CQ Weekly
"CQ Weekly reports on the world’s most powerful legislative body completely and accurately every week. The CQ news team—by far the largest on Capitol Hill, with more than 100 reporters, editors, and researchers—covers virtually every act of Congress, delivering nonpartisan news and analysis unavailable anywhere else. Readers get in-depth reports on issues looming on the congressional horizon, plus a complete wrap-up of the previous week’s news, including the status of bills in play, behind-the-scenes maneuvering, committee and floor activity, debates, and all roll-call votes."

5) Findlaw/US State Laws
Use these links from Findlaw to connect to state legislatures, locate state court cases, and access state laws.

Company Information

1) LexisNexis Academic Business
Academic Universe Business provides a diverse range of full text document from credible sources in business information, including business and financial news, US and international company financial information from government and private sources, market research, industry reports, and actual SEC filings. Sources include Accountancy Age, Ad Age Global, American Economic Review, Standard & Poor's Corporate Descriptions, Hoover's Company Reports, IRRC, Disclosure Reports, etc.

2) Yahoo Finance
Yahoo Finance is aimed at the private investor but contains information relevant for business research in a variety of areas including:

3) EDGAR (SEC Filings)
"All companies, foreign and domestic, are required to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms electronically through EDGAR. Anyone can access and download this information for free. Here you'll find links to a complete list of filings available through EDGAR and instructions for searching the EDGAR database." EDGAR filings and links to EDGAR filings are available in LexisNexis Academic Business and through web resources like Yahoo Finance.

Government Information

1) GPO Access
"GPO Access is a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government. The information provided on this site is the official, published version and the information retrieved from GPO Access can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted."

2) Google US Government Search
"Google U.S. Government Search offers a single location for searching across U.S. government information, and for keeping up to date on government news. You can choose to search for content located on either U.S. federal, state and local government websites or the entire Web -- from the same search box. Below the search box, the homepage includes government-specific news content from both government agencies and press outlets.  You can personalize the page by adding content feeds on government or other topics that you're interested in." 

3) US Census Bureau: CenStats Databases
The following databases can be accessed at this site: Building Permits, County Business Patterns, USA Counties, Census Tract Street Locator, International Trade Data, Detailed Occupation by Race, Hispanic Origin and Sex, 1990 Public Law 94-171 Data. US Census

4) Project Vote Smart
"Project Vote Smart, a citizen's organization, has developed a Voter's Self-Defense system to provide you with the necessary tools to self-govern effectively: abundant, accurate, unbiased and relevant information. As a national library of factual information, Project Vote Smart covers your candidates and elected officials in five basic categories: biographical information, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances and interest group ratings."

5) - Money in politics data
"The Center for Responsive Politics[, the author of this site,] is a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy. The Center conducts computer-based research on campaign finance issues for the news media, academics, activists, and the public at large. The Centers work is aimed at creating a more educated voter, an involved citizenry, and a more responsive government. Support for the Center comes from a combination of foundation grants and individual contributions. The Center accepts no contributions from businesses or labor unions."

6) The Center for Public Integrity
"The mission of the Center for Public Integrity is to produce original investigative journalism about significant public issues to make institutional power more transparent and accountable."

7) Federal Government Statistics
The Economic Statistics Briefing Room (ESBR) and Social Statistics Briefing Room (SSBR) provide economic indicators including employment and earnings, prices, productions as well as international statistics. This site also disseminates demographic statistics such as poverty, household income, crime, education, and health statistics. It includes up-to-the-second world and US population estimates.

8) General Resources
Links to a wide range of US government information sources selected and maintained by Owens librarians.

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