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Journalism & Writing Arts: Writing Resources

This guide, a complement to the Composition I & II research guide, provides resources for journalism and writing arts students from Campbell Library.

Before You Start: Evaluation of Internet Sources

Internet sources can vary in quality and usefulness as information for scholarly research.  This is true of all the websites listed on this page. 

For a quick overview of website evaluation, visit the UC-Berkeley page listed below. For a more in-depth approach, check out the tutorial on lateral reading by Rowan University librarians.

American Rhetoric

This website is a gateway to examples of various kinds of speeches and a discussion of public speaking.


While this website has an agenda, it presents serious information based on research regarding communication and conflict resolution, from the interpersonal level to the international arena, making it a reasonable place to get ideas about how to proceed with one's own research.

Center for Public Integrity

A non-profit organization conducting journalistic investigations of major national and international issues that can provide an alternative voice about political and social concerns. 

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers (Library of Congress)

This is a major project to provide PDF images of many of America's historic newspapers. At this stage of development, the site offers more than 226,000 pages of public domain newspapers from California, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah, Virginia and the District of Columbia published between 1900 and 1910.  It is a work in progress, but is a searchable database that can serve as a supplement to the Historic New York Times.  Regional newspapers during earlier times were much less likely to mirror what New York said than what newspapers, unfortunately, often do today.

Communication Research Measures

These are measures that have been developed by researchers who are, or at one time were, faculty members or graduate students at West Virginia University. They were developed for use by researchers and may be used for research or instructional purposes with no individualized permission. There is no cost for this use. Please cite the source(s) noted at the bottom of the measure when publishing articles based on research using these instruments.

Library of Congress: Prints and Photographs

The Prints & Photographs collection contains about one million digital images of historical American events that may be useful for the researcher who wants to examine illustrations in journalism history.  But be careful of what you choose to use, because not all the images are in the public domain and some restrictions on use may apply.

Mother Jones

Often critical and sometimes irreverent, this website casts an analytical eye on coverage of current events.  While not a scholarly site, it nonetheless offers a perspective that may differ from that of mainstream news organizations.

Elements of Style, The

"This classic reference book is a must-have for any student and conscientious writer."  (from the online description)  We agree.

Grammar Girl

As the subtitle for this website says, it provides some "quick and dirty" references about to how to properly use English grammar and syntax.

APA Style (American Psychological Association)

APA style is the standard citation format used in the social sciences, including most communication journals and programs. 

Chicago/Turabian Style

While not usually used in CCI or CCII classes, these links are provided as a convenience for those who use Chicago style. This citation style is sometimes used in writing historical analysis. 

MLA Style (Modern Language Association)

MLA style is the standard citation format used in the humanities, especially when writing about language and literature.