Category Archives: Science Journalism

Europe’s Energy Data Visualization

Europe's EnergyEurope’s Energy project, a joint effort with the Open Knowledge Foundation and using data from Eurostat – the statistical office of the European Union, gives users a set of visual tools to understand EU member states’ efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.  Take a look!

WHO Resources

The World Health Organization has a variety of information resources for those interested in science journalism and health reporting, including –

  • Health Topics – index of WHO health topics
  • Publications – books, journals, key WHO publications
  • Global Health Atlas – data and statistics for infectious diseases at country, regional, and global levels; mapping resources available

Center for Advancing Health (CFAH)

The Center for Advancing Health CFAH “conducts research, communicates findings and advocates for policies that support everyone’s ability to benefit from advances in health science.”  Check out their books, publications, and subscribe to their Daily Digest at the Resources page.

Science Reporting Resources for MA Students

CLIO is Columbia’s library catalog. A journal title search will tell you which journals we receive, print or electronic versions.

General Science Full Text: (access restricted to current Columbia affiliates) A multidisciplinary database that indexes articles in general science periodicals back to 1984 (with full text available from 1995 on for selected titles).

PsycINFO: (access restricted to current Columbia affiliates) The premier database for literature in psychology and related disciplines, PsycINFO includes references back to 1880.

MEDLINE: (access restricted to current Columbia affiliates) The premier database for finding research articles in the biomedical sciences. Columbia offers students and faculty access to Medline via the OVID interface, which has a more sophisticated search mechanism, and which makes locating online full-text versions of articles indexed in Medline simpler, via Columbia’s “e-Link” feature.

Medline is also accessible free to the public via PubMed, at There are not as many bells and whistles in PubMed, and it doesn’t automatically link you to full text of journals, as the OVID interface does.

Ig Nobel Awards: Given each October by the publishers of the science humor journal, Annals of Improbable Research. Note that these awards generate a fair amount of media interest when they are announced, so if you find something you’re interested in writing about, do find out if and where it was already covered!

National Institutes of Health (NIH):  This site provides the Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORT) which is a gateway to NIH research and development activities, searchable by organization.

Scientific American Archive Online: (access restricted to current Columbia affiliates) The full text of the magazine, with images, archived back to 1993.

Web of Science (ISI): (access restricted to current Columbia affiliates) is a workhorse database which compiles bibliographic citations to articles across all disciplines (including the sciences). Using Web of Science, you can find out how many times a particular article has been cited, which is an important measure of its impact.

SCOPUS: (access restricted to current Columbia affiliates) provides indexing, abstracting, and citation linking to journals in many science fields (as well as social sciences, business, and medicine).

Science Libraries at Columbia: The science libraries at Columbia are: Engineering Library, Geology Library, Geoscience Library (at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory), Health Sciences Library (at Health Sciences campus, 168th St.), and Mathematics & Science Library.

Covering Health Issues

The Alliance for Health Reform, a nonpartisan, non-profit group that focuses on the American health care system, has released the 5th edition of Covering Health Issues 2009, a sourcebook prepared especially for journalists.

The chapters include information on the uninsured, children’s health coverage, Medicare, and much more. You will find statistics, contact information for experts, and links to useful websites. And best of all, this publication is available entirely free, online, via the link above.

Library Resources for MA Students – handouts from Evidence and Inference course, Fall 2008

Library resources for MA students, handouts from Evidence and Inference course, Fall 2008 –