Research Guides

Beyond Wikipedia: Background & Reference Sources

Background Research on Current Events

Investigating Media

Sources of Information on Current Events

See the Current Events Sources tab in this guide for a continuously updated list of resources on topics ranging from climate justice to voting rights.

Newspapers Research Guide

See our Newspapers Research Guide for links to media sources on topics currently in the news. The guide also contains links to databases containing U.S. and international, current and historical, mainstream and alternative newspapers and magazines.

Fact Checking, Verification, & Fake News

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism's Research Center has created a highly useful guide to help journalists and non-journalists develop a sense of skepticism when reading the news.  The guide contains tools and tips for fact checking details and identifying fake news. 

See the full research guide here:  Fact Checking, Verification & Fake News

Another notable source is, "a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics."

Tip Sheets from the Journalist's Resource

The Journalist's Resource is based at Harvard's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.  It is an excellent place to begin research on topics currently in the news.  Government Information, Economics, the Environment, Politics, Society, and International topics are covered.

Especially useful for researchers -- and not just journalists -- are the tip sheets and explainers in the Know Your Research section that help users "understand academic research methods, find and recognize high-quality research, and avoid missteps when reporting on new studies and public opinion polls."  Covered topics have included Lead in drinking water: Key facts and reporting tips; Information disorder: The essential glossary; and How the federal budget process works

You can also find research chats with noted journalists and scholars, and tutorials on finding vital records, understanding ranked choice voting, learning the difference between white papers, working papers and research articles, and much more.