Dr. R's Research Aids
(Always a Work in Progress)

If I have seen further, it is by standing upon the shoulders of Giants.

                                                                                         Sir Isaac Newton, 1675

“The essential matter of history is not what happened but what people thought or said about it.”

British jurist and historian Frederic William Maitland

Research begins with an idea. Then you begin noodling around with the idea to focus your research and see where you want to go. Then, once you have a focused topic, you begin searching to see what literature is already out there as you assemble your literature review so you do not duplicate previous scholarship. Below are some places to go for both noodling and for focusing your research.

To drill a bit deeper into contemporary journalism, check out 
Dr. R's' Journalism Links

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-- Dr. R

On Research / Starting Research / Digital Research / Online Books / Newspapers / Periodicals / Journals / Research Papers / Archives / Oral History / Library Resources / References / Census Data / Historical Research / Historiography / Propaganda / Biographies / Methodologies / Theories / Memetics / Wrtiing Resources / Citations / Societies & Associations & Grants / Publications  / Zotero

Books and Articles on Research

  • Historical papers generally follow the style outlined in A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations by Kate Turabian (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996).
  • An excellent resource for the tyro or veteran researchers is The Modern Researcher, 5th Ed. by Jacques Barzun and Henry F. Graff
  • Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in  History.
  • An excellent guide for those doing history is Historical Methods in Mass Communications by Jim Startt and William David Sloan.
  • Advice on writing research articles: http://www.stat.columbia.edu/~cook/movabletype/archives/2009/07/advice_on_writi.html
Starting Research
Digital Research
Online Books & Papers
Newspapers in History
Research Papers
Oral History
Library Resources
Census Data
Historical Research

Propaganda & Advertising History
Biographies & Memoirs
  • The Biographer's Craft: A free, monthly newsletter about biographies, biographers, and the craft of writing biographies. http://www.thebiographerscraft.com/
  • American National Biography Online: An exploration of American history through the lives of the men and women who shaped the nation. http://www.anb.org/articles/home.html
  • Women in Mass Communications: https://mywebspace.wisc.edu/rarabe/web/women.htm
  • Women in Journalism: The spring 1997 issue of Journalism History has an article about how women journalists dealt (or didn't) with sexism in the newsroom, and is followed by a bibliography of autobiographies by women reporters;
  • Biographies and Memoirs: https://mywebspace.wisc.edu/rarabe/web/bio2.htm
    • For older works on journalism of all sorts, including biography, Warren Price's The Literature of Journalism is by far the best choice.
    • Dick Schwarzlose's  Newspapers: A Reference Guide has many titles.
    • Also check the sources listed at the end of biographies in Joe McKerns' Biographic Dictionary of American Journalism and those at the end of bios in the journalism volumes of Dictionary of Literary Biography.
    • For most recent, go to annual indices to JMCQuarterly.
    • For more, Google "journalist biographies" and "journalism biographies."
  • Lippmann vs. Dewey: http://journalism.ukings.ca/journalism_3721.html
  • American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936–1940: The site features approximately 2,900 life histories from 1936-1940 written by the staff of the WPA Folklore Project. http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/wpaintro/index.html
  • The Political Graveyard is a web site about U.S. political history and cemeteries. It is the Internet's most comprehensive source for American political biography, listing 138,150 politicians, living and dead: http://politicalgraveyard.com/index.html

Writing Resources


Societies & Associations & Grant Funders

  • The Iowa Guide: Scholarly Journals in Mass Communication and Related Fields: This 16-year-old publication helps scholars find appropriate journals in which to publish their work and offers advice on how to prepare manuscripts for publication.: http://iowaguide.uiowa.edu/
  • Directory of History Journals: http://www.historians.org/pubs/free/journals/
  • American Journalism: Quarterly journal sponsored by AJHA, American Journalism publishes articles, research notes, book reviews, and correspondence dealing with the history of journalism. http://ajhaonline.org/journal.html
  • Journalism &  Communication Monographs: Presents in-depth research on specific topics within journalism and mass communication. Each issue contains an extended article on subjects ranging from journalism history and personalities to international mass communication. http://www.aejmc.org/pubs/#jmcm
  • Journalism and Mass Communication Educator: Focuses on learning and teaching, curriculum, educational leadership, and related exploration of higher education within a context of journalism and mass communication. http://www.aejmc.org/pubs/#jmce
  • Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly: Focuses on research in journalism and mass communication. Each issue features reports of original investigation, presenting the latest developments in theory and methodology of communication, international communication, journalism history, and social and legal problems. http://www.aejmc.org/pubs/#jmcq
  • Journalism History: Published four times a year by the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, with the support of the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. http://www.scripps.ohiou.edu/jh/jh.htm
  • Journalism Studies: An international peer-reviewed journal, published by Routledge, Taylor & Francis, which provides a forum for the critical discussion and study of journalism as both a subject of academic inquiry and an arena of professional practice. http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/1461670X.asp
  • Journal of Mass Media Ethics: Publishes scientific articles and essays that will both stimulate and contribute to reasoned discussions of mass media ethics and morality among academic and professional groups in the various branches and subdisciplines of communication and ethics. http://www.jmme.org/
  • Media History: An interdisciplinary journal which welcomes contributions addressing media and society from the fifteenth century to the present. Its perspective is both historical and international. http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713437611
  • Media History Monographs: An online journal  devoted to publishing scholarly journalism and mass communication history works -- affiliated with the American Journalism Historians Association. http://facstaff.elon.edu/dcopeland/mhm/mhm.htm
  • Newspaper Research Journal: NRJ comprehensively answers questions about U.S. newspaper performance and related topics of interest. Significant themes of research include balance and fairness, the use of computer analysis in newspaper reporting, sourcing, the agenda-setting function of the media, and much more. http://www.newspaperresearchjournal.org/
  • Media History Monographs: An online journal devoted to publishing scholarly journalism and mass communication history works.
    The journal is affiliated with the American Journalism Historians Association. http://facstaff.elon.edu/dcopeland/mhm/mhm.htm
  • Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. the official journal of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era: http://www.jgape.org/