Library Resources for Journalism Courses: MAs & PhDs

Information for MAs & PhDs

So you're in the MA or the PhD program?

You may find the links below to various resources helpful. Keep in mind that your Journalism Librarian is always happy to meet for an individual consultation, or to arrange a workshop for multiple students.

Finding Books & Articles

Start by searching CLIO, Columbia Libraries' search interface.

Can't find a book?

Can't find a journal article?
Request it through interlibrary loan (ILL). Many articles are delivered as PDFs.

Finding & Using Data

Working with data? You can start with these resources:

Need more help with your data? Email Starr <> or drop by the DSSC (Digital Social Science Center) at Lehman Library for a data consultation.

Finding Theses & Dissertations

...From Columbia University

Looking for examples of past CUJ theses and dissertations? Here's where to find them:

  • You can find example MA theses and some PhD dissertations in the J-Library.
  • Looking for a specific MA thesis? Look it by year, then author/title, in our Master's Projects and Theses Index, then find the print copy in the library.

...From Institutions Other Than Columbia

Looking for theses or dissertations that were completed at other institutions? Use our ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database.

Useful Research Tools

Style & Citation Manuals

Other Research Tools

Google Scholar--with direct links to Columbia Libraries subscriptions!
Use this link for your Google Scholar searches, and instead of hitting article paywalls, you'll be logged into all of Columbia Libraries subscriptions.

Have a lot of citations and references to save? Manage them in one spot, online, with Zotero.  

Subject-Specific Research Guides
Looking for a good database for a specific topic, but have no idea where to begin? Check these guides for recommended sources, or contact a subject specialist librarian.  

Find Software
Looking for a specific software program like NVivo or RStudio? Search for it in CLIO--the record will show which libraries have it installed on their computers, as well as include links to any programs with downloads or educational licenses.