Columbia Missourian Library
315 Lee Hills Hall
Staff: Nina Johnson, Librarian
We urge you to make full use of the library and its resources. The library is open 8:00 - 7:00 weekdays during the school semester but 8:00 - 5:00 during the summer. If you are working in the newsroom a key to the library is available if you need access to the clip files or our print resources when the library is not open. The library web site's URL is: http://mulibraries.missouri.edu/missourian/. The library has a small reference collection, biographical and subject clip files, current bound volumes of the Missourian, current issues of The Columbia Daily Tribune and a photo collection. We urge you to ask for assistance whatever your information needs, including finding articles in the archives, fact-checking names/places, doing background research, or assistance during the pressure of breaking news.
You have access to a wide array of databases through Ellis Library. Searching these electronic journals and local resources is a good start to doing background research on your stories. While you must be very careful of information taken from web sites, these databases are reliable sources of information.
Some of the databases you will find especially useful in the newsroom:
Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe - News, business and legal,publications. The news coverage includes deep backfiles and up-to-the-minute stories in national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources. Company information covers 43 million companies.
NewsBank - Indexes the Columbia Daily Tribune, Kansas City Star and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as news articles about regional and state events and issues, including full-text coverage of the Star from 1991 and the Post-Dispatch from 1989 to date.
Communication and Mass Media Complete (EBSCOhost). If you select the "Choose database" tab at the top, you can then retrieve a list of the titles indexed in each under "Title list."
Factiva provides access to current issues and an archive of over 8,000 publications from around the globe. It includes the Wall Street Journal, web news, news transcripts and photos.
Case.net – http://www.courts.mo.gov/casenet or through the Missouri Judiciary home page – http://www.courts.mo.gov and click on the Case.net link. Missouri's judicial case information portal. Access is limited to cases filed in Missouri that have been deemed public information.
OSEDA – Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis - http://www.oseda.missouri.edu/ Demographic, social and economic information for Missouri localities and thematic maps.
Missouri vital records: http://www.vitalrec.com/mo.html
Missouri Census Data Center - http://mcdc.missouri.edu
Missourian Library– http://mulibraries.missouri.edu/missourian/
The Web Resources page contains beat information, a "Sources" database, links to local government and a link to the 1966-1975 Missourians, which were digitized under a grant from the State Library. Click on "Web Info for Reporters" and then the "Digitized Missourians" link. Full-text searching is available.
Also from the main page, under "Welcome to your beat," you will find a large amount of information on Columbia and Boone County.
Journalism Library– http://mulibraries.missouri.edu/journalism/
The Journalism Library web page has many resources for journalism students. Class information, links to journalism core databases, instruction on searching the databases, and a link to online news are just a few of the things you will find here. Also, please check out the J-Libguides available under the "I need to…" box. There is a tab for the Missourian Newspaper Library.
National Freedom of Information Coalition – NFOIC – http://www.nfoic.org/foi-center
Missourian Archives - Explains what is accessible online and what isn't.
Archives of the Columbia Missourian from 2002 – present are in the MerlinOne database. You may access it from the Missourian Library web site (user ID is merlin, password missourian#1). Currently only the PDFs of pages are being archived. Please come to the library for assistance in searching these, since the individual articles are not archived.
Missourian Newsroom Intranet
The main print book collection is housed in the Journalism Library but we have a small reference section with items widely used in the newsroom. One of these is the City Directory, also referred to as a "criss cross" or" reverse" directory. It allows you to find people by address and telephone number as well as alphabetically. A current copy is available in the Missourian Library.
Another source is the Missouri Official State Manual (Blue Book) which has general state information. It is also available online at http://www.sos.mo.gov/BlueBook/
Nina Johnson, Librarian