New database links journalists, trauma research

There’s a reason the folks from the National Library of Medicine are fixtures at AHCJ events: Medical research is an art that takes years to truly master. In an effort to ease that learning curve, at least in their area of expertise, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma has put together a tool they’re billing as “the definitive bibliography of scholarship on journalism and trauma.” The DART Research Database is a thorough list of articles that is easy to sort and sift through.

Browsing a carefully curated selection like this isn’t like punching words into Google Scholar or an NLM tool, there aren’t enough sources to make keyword searches rewarding. Instead, use the database by clicking on “Advanced Search” and narrowing by “Trauma / Survivor Type,” “Psychological Disorders Discussed” or “Article content.”

A note for AHCJ’s student journalists: Choose your favorite category, click the big red “GO” button, and you’ll immediately be the proud owner of all the key secondary sources needed for a sizable paper or thesis. It’s in this sort of academic implementation that the database truly shines. After all, this is fundamentally a database of articles about journalism, not one of articles to use in works of journalism.

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