Find Science in the News
Step 1: Search Specific Publications
Individual Media Outlets
Step 2: Try an Aggregator or Database
Free News Aggregators
The library licenses several news aggregators: once you get the hang of them, these can be excellent places to start your search. The content is reliable, it's curated, and the interface allows you to manipulate your results in complex ways. This makes it easy to find a balanced selection of stories from a variety of viewpoints.
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A Note about Databases...
There's a big difference between navigating a website like nytimes.com and navigating a New York Times article whose text is included in a database (aka e-resource) like LexisNexis Academic.
Databases are designed for structured searching, which means they are powerful and can give you very precise results, but there's also a learning curve. Be patient! The time you put in to learning how to use a database will pay off in the long run. Plus, learning to use one database makes it much easier to learn other databases.
Some general tips:
- always look for advanced search options
- let the database teach you: familiarize yourself with the menu options, read around the "help" section, and always pay attention to the terms attached to individual articles
- be strategic about when to do a general keyword search and when to do a more precise subject or index term search
- remember that not all index terms are applied consistently: the best approach is to try a few different versions of your search
Want more database search tips? MIT Libraries has an awesome guide: http://libguides.mit.edu/database-search