Journalism and Media Studies Research Guide — Web
Writing and Reporting
See also additional statistical databases and resources on the online reference guide
Newspapers are also a good source for finding local information. Montreal area newspapers may be searched using Eureka and Canadian Newsstand
Quebec Provincial Resources
- CNW Telbec News Service
Quebec government press releases and invitations to the media
- Quebec Government
Press releases; invitations to the media, lists of agencies,
ministeries, organizations. This is a portal page and with
extensive links to Quebec government websites.
- National Assembly of
Members of National Assembly, with brief biographical info; index
by name or electoral division; lists of Committees and members;
committee mandates and proceedings and calendar of proceedings;
office holders; National Assembly proceedings; order paper and
notices; debates, bills; votes and proceedings.
- Elections Quebec
Results and statistics on past provincial general elections, referendums and by-elections(past and upcoming)
See also Canadian
Sources of Information
- CNW Group
Canadian newswire stories, media daybooks and other tools for journalists.
A site which functions as an online
almanac with links and information about Canadian government,
society, environment, geography, arts, population etc. Facts,
calendar of events, directory, background information on topical
issues and on government departments, agencies and resources.
A component of the About Canada site which focuses on government,
with a directory of federal Government departments and agencies,
government contacts page listing.
- Elections Canada
Results of past federal general elections and by-elections
Bills, debates, journals, committee memberships and mandates,
reports, of the House of Commons and the Senate; biographical
information, calendars, Library of Parliament background reports on
Part of Carleton Prof. Mary McGuire's Teaching Journalism Online
site. Section headings include Daily News Releases, Federal
Government and Federal Agency Websites, Parliamentary Websites,
Political Parties, Polling Firms, Sources of News about the federal
government and politics.
- Hill Times
Latest economic indicators, consumer price index, population and
community statistics. Worth highlighting are:
Provides quick summary statistics by subject, including population,
health, crime, labour, economic indicators;
The news bulletin of Statistics Canada for daily news on economic
indicators as well as special reports.
Provides access to company and investment public filings with the Canadian Securities Administors. Searchable by company name.
Provides access to Securities and Exchange Commission filings of U.S. and major Canadian companies
For additional resources with company information, see Company Information
Commission d'acces a l'information du Quebec
Provides the procedures and list of official contact persons to write to in order
to obtain documents using the Act Respecting Access to Documents Held by Public
Bodies and the Protection of Personal Information in the province of Quebec.
- Tools for Reporters
From the Canadian Journalism Project, an essential resource. Lists general tools, tools for writing, interviewing,
specific beats, Web research, locating sources and journalism ethics
- Journalism Tools
Tools from the "Committee of Concerned Journalists" compiled by the Project for Excellence in Journalism. Also contains a link to
a compilation of ethics codes from journalism organizations worldwide.
- La Balade de l'actualite
Follow the links
to "Pupitre Virtuel" and "Domaine de recherche".
- Ready Reference
A site created by Dan Pottier previously from Carleton University’s School of Journalism
and Communication. Resources are organized by category and by
Probably the most comprehensive guide to Internet resources for
journalists. Compiled by Julian Sher, previously an investigative
TV producer for CBC’s The Fifth Estate. Extensive links to
journalism resources and news sources.
(Finding Data on the Internet)
An American site by journalist Robert Niles. Useful for finding
Oxford English Dictionary
- Merriam-Webster’s Online
- Great Books Online
Includes searchable full-text of a wide range of reference books
including Rogets Thesaurus, Bartlette's Quotations, World Factbook,
Columbia Encyclopedia and others.
Other Fact Checking
See also Online Reference
- The Canadian
A good place to look for succinct, authoritative and basic
background information concerning Canadian people, places and
- Information Please Almanac
A standard almanac that is now made available online. A good
source for quick information and facts on people, geography,
holidays, awards, entertainment, climate.
Useful for authoritative background information. Provides
summaries of articles taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica.
- International Database
(U.S. Census Bureau)
Contains demographic and socio-economic data for 227
Abstract of the United States
Social and economic statistics on the United States, published by
the U.S. Census Bureau.
These studies from the Library of Congress describe and analyze 101
countries' political, economic, social, and national security
systems and institutions. Basic information on media ownership and
freedom is included. Major Western nations are excluded.
page last updated on: Thursday 28 September 2011