COMM 295: Investigative Reporting

Communication subject guide | Journalism subject guide

Jump to sections of this class guide Web Directories -v- Search Engines | Online Search Strategies
U.S. Government Web portals | Evaluating Information Sources | Reference & Data Sources
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Web Directories -v- Search Engines

Web Directories: touched by human hands

Search engines: keywords galore!

Online Search Strategies

U.S. Government Web portals:

  • : "The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies"
  • : "As the U.S. government's official web portal, makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web"
  • "Portal to the Websites of a number of multi-agency health initiatives and activities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other Federal departments and agencies.

Evaluating Information Sources

Reference and Data sources

State Information

Illinois Blue Book:

  • Reference: R 317.73 IL6b (2005-2006)
  • Lower Level Compact Shelving "Reference Storage": R 317.73 IL6b (older editions)
  • Illinois Blue Book 2000 Online:

Illinois Freedom of Information Act (The Attorney General’s guide to the Illinois FOIA)

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (50 ILCS 205/) Local Records Act.

City/village information

(Circulation information from Illinois Television, Radio, and Newspaper Guide)

Federal Information
  • The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Update- Fall 1996

  • Uniform Crime Reports: Includes Crime in the United States (CIUS) ... an annual publication in which the FBI compiles volume and rate of crime offenses for the nation, the states, and individual agencies. This report also includes arrest, clearance, and law enforcement employee data. Hate Crimes and other data available. see which government programs are performing and which ones are not hold politicians accountable

Subscription Databases

MSN House and Home Glossary (real estate)