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Journalism subject guide

Academic Journal Articles about Journalism


Search Sofia (Library catalogue) for news sources (online)

Newspaper databases
  • Canadian Newsstream
  • Eureka (includes newspapers, broadcast news transcripts, social media, and more from many Canada/Québec sources)
  • Factiva (Warning: Data mining and excessive downloading are prohibited and such activities cause the suspension of this service to the entire Concordia Community. This resource is licensed for authorized users of Concordia University Libraries and is intended for educational or research purposes only. Commercial use of this resource is not permitted. Please review Concordia's Database Usage Guidelines)
  • Proquest Central (Includes Canadian, US, and International Newsstream)
  • Indigenous news sources (newspapers and magazines, not databases)
  • More newspaper article databases


Broadcast news databases & sources

Canadian Magazine Databases

  • CPI.Q (Canadian and international periodical coverage)
  • CBCA Complete (Canadian business & current affairs)
  • Canadiana Serials: Periodicals, Annuals and Newspapers (digitized dailies, weeklies, specialized journals and mass-market magazines)
  • Repere (access the Repere User Guide for help)

Reference Books about Journalism

Websites about Journalism

Retrospective Print Indexes & Sources


Course guides

Finding Articles with Factiva

Factiva is a database containing various news sources, such as newspapers, newswires, magazines, and business journals. Search limiters include title, author, date range, subject, industry, language, and region.

The interface is somewhat different than many of the library's other databases, so the following guide will help you become familiar with its main features.

Finding articles in Factiva

Microfilm, Microfiche, & Microcard News Sources at Concordia

This guide lists newspaper holdings in microform at Concordia, organized by region and also A-Z by title. Entries are linked to their online catalogue entries for further information.

Guide to News Sources in Microform at Concordia

Evaluating Web Pages and Other Sorts of Information

Guide to evaluating web pages from the UC Berkeley library. Web pages can be important sources of information for your work, but it is important to carefully evaluate the pages you wish to use to make sure they are appropriate and reliable

Know Your Research from The Journalist's Resource is a series of "tip sheets and explainers to help journalists understand academic research methods, find and recognize high-quality research, and avoid missteps when reporting on new studies and public opinion polls."

Guidance for your academic work

The Media and Communications Study Skills Student Guide is an ebook that provides tips and guidance for a range of things that you are likely to do while earning your degree. It addresses research skills, working in groups, making presentations, study skills, timekeeping, writing, and much more.


Innovative tools for journalism
  • The Knight Lab develops open source tools that you can use to create innovative digital stories, including timelines, virtual reality, mapping, image comparisons, and more.
  • The Journalist Studio from Google is a collection of web-based tools that you can use to present data, check facts, create images for stories, analyze large quantities of text or images, convert audio files to text, and do other types of work. Its data includes a mixture of US and some international sources. These tools can take advantage of Google's processing power and technologies but make sure to scrutinize its terms of use and privacy policies; there are options for sharing information and using it in ways that might not be immediately obvious.
Sites for Reporter Resources
Templates to document your search strategies
Download a template to keep track of sources and terms that you use in your search strategy.
Microsoft Excel format (.xlsx)
Open document format (.ods)


  • The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking This ebook "...will help you: Recognize what information to fact-check. Identify the quality and ranking of source materials. Learn to fact-check a variety of media types: newspaper; magazine; social media; public and commercial radio and television, books, films, etc. Navigate relationships with editors, writers, and producers. Recognize plagiarism and fabrication. Discern conflicting facts, gray areas, and litigious materials. Learn record keeping best practices for tracking sources."
  • The Verification Handbook "provides guidelines and methods to assist journalists in verifying digital content sources... It provides the tools, techniques and step-by-step guidelines for how to deal with user-generated content (UGC) during emergencies."
  • The Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporting: a Guide to Online Search and Research Techniques for Using UGC and Open Source Information in Investigations "...sheds light on the use of open data and open source information to produce critical journalistic investigations."
  • The Verification Handbook for Disinformation and Media Manipulation "equips journalists with the knowledge to investigate social media accounts, bots, private messaging apps, information operations, deep fakes, as well as other forms of disinformation and media manipulation."
  • A Field Guide to “Fake News” and Other Information Disorders: "explores the use of digital methods to study false viral news, political memes, trolling practices and their social life online." The guide is a free download and may also be found from its DOI 10.5281/zenodo.1136271.



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