Mike McKean’s Search Tools

Your next great story idea, source or turn of phrase is just a few clicks away.

Newsroom Productivity/Journalism-Related Sites

Local (Mid-Missouri):
Daniel Boone Regional Library Community Page
Matheny’s Mid-Missouri Media Map 
Missourian Beat Guide
Missourian Archives via Merlin (on-campus or VPN only)
Other Missouri Papers via NewsBank (registration required)
Newspaper Archives from 2006-present via ProQuest Newsstand

Reference:
Language
iTools (multiple reference works)
Merriam-Webster Dictionary (audio pronunciations)
VOA Pronunciation Guide for International People/Places
Google Translate

Background
Encyclopedia Britannica Subject Guides
Wikipedia
ipl2: The Internet Public Library
The Internet Archive (includes multimedia search and The Wayback Machine)
Google Scholar
HowStuffWorks

Numbers/Programming
XE.com’s Universal Currency Converter
Statistics Every Writer Should Know
Many Eyes (Data Visualization examples)
Bento: step-by-step web dev tutorials
D3.js: Data-Driven Documents

Government:

International
United Nations
The CIA’s World Factbook

National
USA.gov
GPO’s FedSys — see especially Federal Register
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications 
Official U.S. Supreme Court site
The Oyez Project (Supreme Court monitoring)
FedStats
Project Vote Smart Tracks Candidates & Elected Officials

Regional/State
State and Local Government on the Net
Missouri State Government Web Site
The Missouri Judiciary 
Missouri Highway Patrol Accident Reports

Journalism Organizations/Links:
reporter.org — resources from IRE and NICAR
IRE’s story database
ProPublica: Journalism in the Public Interest
Newspaper Map (color-coded by language)
ABYZ News Links (News Media Worldwide)
Home Town News (local papers)
Online News Association (ONA)
Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)
Columbia Journalism Review
Reynolds Journalism Institute
Knight Digital Media Center
Poynter Online
National Press Club

Selected Search Engines/Portals

Tutorials/Help
Choose the Best Search for Your Information Needs
Infopeople’s Best Search Tools Chart
Finding Original Source Documents (from Lifehacker)

Search Engines
Google
Yahoo! Search
Bing
Ask.com (plain English language searches)
About.com (sites by citizen experts)
Search blogs hosted by WordPress

Searching for People and Places

Phone & Street Directories
Superpages (includes yellow pages with business type and street lookup, white pages, reverse directories for white and yellow pages)

AnyWho from AT&T (includes yellow pages with business-type lookup, white
pages and reverse lookup)

The Official WhitePages (includes neighbor lookup)

Twitter Advanced Search

LinkedIn

Zaba Search (public records of people)

Zintro.com (find experts)

Maps & Driving Directions
How Far Is It (from Place A to Place B)?
Bing Maps & Directions (includes international maps)
ViaMichelin (European Maps)
Map24 (US, Canadian, European Maps)
Google Maps 
Rand McNally
Census Bureau’s American FactFinder
University of Texas Map Collection (mostly public domain) 
Programmable Web Mapping (links to map “mashups”/databases)

Other
Whois-Search.com (track web site owners)
UWhois.com (universal tracking of web site owners)
Biography.com 

Searching Newsgroups and Listservs

Google Groups (Usenet)
Yahoo! Groups
CataList — The Official Catalog of LISTSERV lists

Send comments, questions or new URLs to mckeanml@missouri.edu.
Authored by Prof. Mike McKean, Missouri School of Journalism