This guide has been created for students in the course Pursuing Truth and Justice taught by Flavia Perea. Our goal is to highlight resources from beyond the academy to enable you to gather diverse perspectives on problems or issues. Please let us know how else we can help you with your research.

News Sources

Below are a few resources for news from sources beyond the corporate and mainstream media outlets.

Alt-PressWatch provides full-text articles for over 210 publications of the alternative and independent presses, from 1970 to current.

Ethnic NewsWatch provides full-text articles from newspapers and periodicals published by ethnic and minority presses in the U.S., from 1942 to the present.

Factiva offers searchable full text of thousands of current newspapers globally.

Internet Archive: News & Public Affairs is a diverse video library that provides analysis of news and public affairs independent from traditional corporate media.

Nexis Uni offers searchable full text of thousands of current newspapers across the U.S.

ProPublica.org produces investigative journalism focused on pressing and underreported issues in the U.S., selectively offered to traditional news organizations for publication or broadcast, free of charge. Nearly all their online stories are reprintable, without cost, under a Creative Commons license. Regular topics include racial justice, education, criminal justice, immigration, and more.

Stateline from the Pew Charitable Trusts provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. Stateline has maintained a commitment to the highest standards of nonpartisanship, objectivity, and integrity. Its team of veteran journalists combines original reporting with a roundup of the latest news from sources around the country.

Government Information

Harvard Research Guides created to enable the discovery of key free and licensed resources and services to enable you to accomplish your research goals. Selected guides

Papers and Reports from Think Tanks, Nongovernmental Organizations, & Advocacy Groups

Policy file Index enables users to access timely, updated information from over 350 public policy think tanks, nongovernmental organizations, research institutes, university centers, advocacy groups, and other entities. Coverage is from 1990-present.

IssueLab provides free access to thousands of case studies, evaluations, white papers, and issue briefs addressing some of the world's most pressing social problems from social sector organizations.

Selected Research Guide:

  • Think Tank Search searches the websites of institutions that generate public policy research, analysis, and activity.  Inclusion is based upon the relevancy of subject area to Harvard Kennedy School coursework and scholarship, the availability of the think tank's research in full-text on the website, and the think tank's reputation and influence upon policy making.


Proquest Statistical Insight is a database that indexes and abstracts the statistical content of selected United States government publications, state government publications, business and association publications, and intergovernmental publications.

Selected Harvard Research Guides:

Methodological Literature

Citizen Science: Theory and Practice (peer-reviewed open-access journal, 2016 - )
Focuses on advancing the global field of citizen science by providing a venue for citizen science researchers and practitioners to share best practices in conceiving, developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining projects that facilitate public participation in scientific endeavors in any discipline.

Community-Based Participatory Research: Testimonios from Chicana/o Studies (Deeb-Sossa, ed., 2019)
Contains 9 essays by activist scholars in Chicano studies and other areas who engaged in community-based participatory research in Chicana/o communities.

Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples (Smith, 2012)
Explores the ways in which imperialism is embedded in disciplines of knowledge, and argues that the decolonization of research methods will help reclaim control over indigenous ways of knowing and being.

Decolonizing Research: Indigenous Storywork as Methodology (Archibald, Lee-Morgan, De Santolo, and Smith, 2019)
Decolonizing Research brings together indigenous researchers and activists from Canada, Australia and New Zealand to assert the unique value of indigenous storywork as a focus of research, and to develop methodologies that rectify the colonial attitudes inherent in much past and current scholarship. Foreword by Linda Tuhiwai Smith.

The Oxford Handbook of Public Archaeology (Skeates, McDavid, & Carman, 2012)
Divided into four distinct sections and drawing across various disciplines, this volume seeks to reappraise the place of archaeology in the contemporary world by providing a series of essays that critically engage with both old and current debates in the field of public archaeology.

SAGE Research Methods (database)
A research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students explore qualitative research methods and concepts, design research projects, conduct research, and write up their findings. Features a convenient "methods map" and contains content from over 720 books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and case studies, as well as the entire “Little Green Book” and "Little Blue Book” series.