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POSC 437: Mass Media and Politics: Background Information and Media Coverage

Research guide for students enrolled in POSC 437.

Identifying a Issue

Obtaining a broad overview or background information from books, government documents, and other materials can be found using the library's HOMER catalog. Use search terms such as "political ethics" or "political corruption" or "misconduct in office."

The following databases can help you search for literature that identifies and describes national, state, or local political scandals.

  • CQ Researcher -- in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Reports are published weekly 44 times a year.
  • Economist Intelligence Unit [EIU] Country Reports -- a source of business intelligence on political and economic trends in 200 countries from 1996 to the present. An overall profile of each country is provided annually and a current report is produced quarterly. Both include current detailed statistics.
  • Facts on File -- brings together an archival record of domestic and international news, updated weekly and containing more than one million internal hyperlinks and new features such as tabbed search results. The contents cover all major political, social, and economic events since November 1940.
  • ProQuest -- multidisciplinary database that simultaneously searches thousands of general and scholarly titles, and provides full-text for a significant number of the articles, included from a variety of contemporary research databases.

Media Coverage

These databases can also help you identify political scandals but they also help in assessing how the media has covered a particular scandal.

  • Access World News -- comprehensive news collection for exploring issues and events at the local, regional, national and international level. Source types include print and online-only newspapers, blogs, newswires, journals, broadcast transcripts and videos.
  • LEXIS/NEXIS Academic -- full-text database of legal and news resources, including major newspapers and transcripts from news programs.
  • Vanderbilt Television News Archive -- television news archive that provides access to evening news broadcasts from ABC, CBS, and NBC since 1968 and an hour per day of CNN (since 1995) and Fox News (since 2004).