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Journalism 772 and 472: Computer-Assisted Reporting

Philip Merrill College of Journalism

University of Maryland

Fall 2002


Class Web sites:


Dan:  Investigating the executive branch


Links to state executive agency web sites


Federal Register


Bureau of Labor Statistics: Government employment data


U.S. Census:  Public employment and payroll




IGnet:  Federal inspectors general


Yahoo:  Government fraud and waste links



Juan:  Investigating the executive branch



Presidential disclosures, Federal Election Commission


Government Research Center (subscription)


Federal Research


Helpful websites

GPO access, multidatabase search


The Council for Excellence in Government




Jennifer:  Investigating the legislative branch



The Center for Responsive Politics:


The Campaign Finance Information Center


Federal Election Commission


The Center for Public Integrity:  State Projects


Library of Congress:  Thomas


General Accounting Office



Kristin:  Investigating education


Maryland Higher Education Commission


Maryland State Department of Education:  School performance


ERIC:  Educational Resources Information Center


Links to online databases:


Trends in Maryland higher education degrees by race and gender:


2001 Maryland School Performance Report Card:



Meghan:  Investigating education


Education Week, education's newspaper of record


Download Ed Week's Access spreadsheets on student achievement at


AskEric:  the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)


National Center for Education Statistics


Download data on the grade the public would give schools in their community



Gabriel:  Investigating law enforcement


Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics -- lists some available spreadsheets.


Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics publications; lists reports available online.


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms


CopCrimes lists crimes committed by police.


American Civil Liberties Union, police practices page highlights controversial issues in policing.


 CopWatch cites accounts of police in trouble for misusing their databases.


The Digital Information Society's page lists the frequencies many police departments use to communicate


Fraternal Order of Police main page.  Links include local FOP contacts.


Maryland Citizens Defense League – offers some spreadsheets to download. Information not current.


Kelli:  Investigating law enforcement


National Criminal Justice Reference Service


Organized Crime, A Crime Statistics Site


USA Department of Corrections Directory


Access to Places


Links to downloadable databases


Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Statistical Briefing Book


U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics



Sarah H.:  Investigating the world of the disadvantaged




Child Well-Being and Poverty

(downloadable sets for fee)


U.S. Department of Labor-Bureau of Labor Statistics


National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect



Betsy:  Investigating the judicial system


Great filling station for legal journalists (This is the mother lode of info!):


Questions to ask while doing research:


First question: What does the law actually say? What is the procedure?

The Constitution-


Federal Law (codified)-


Code of Federal Regulations:


Court Law-  Supreme Court rulings (by topic)-


Federal Court and Some State Court Rulings and Databases:  9/19/02 and 10/24/00


Federal Courts pleadings:  Access to pleadings will cost you-


Bankruptcy and Immigration Rulings


Tax Court:


Felicia:  Investigating the private sector


Federal Reserve


Occupational Safety and Health Administration


Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


Federal Labor Relations Authority


U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission


Luciana:  Investigating the judicial system


U.S. Courts site maintained by Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts


Federal Court Clerks’ Association


Findlaw portal site


The National Center for State Courts


The Legal Information Institute


Maryland Judiciary page




Bureau of Justice Statistics Sourcebook Online


National Archive of Criminal Justice Data



Allen:  Investigating licensed professionals


Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation


Search Systems: "Your Public records network."


American Bar Association


Public Citizen's Health Research Group



copying data from web query engines:


Licensed cosmetologists in Maryland


Other licensed professionals in Maryland



Christine:  Investigating businesses and their employees


National Association of Secretaries of State


U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission


Hoover's Online: The Business Information Authority


U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission


U.S. Census Bureau: Statistics of U.S. Businesses


Small Business Administration: Economic Statistics and



U.S. Department of Labor: Occupational Safety & Health

Administration (OSHA inspections)



Jill:  Investigating nonprofits




National Center for Charitable Statistics


State searchable databases


Downloadable data,,id=101998,00.html



Maria:  Investigating health care




American Hospital Association


Centers for medicare and medicaid services


FDA, MAUDE (Manufacturer and User Facility Experience ) data


National Library of Medicine


Maryland Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Health Care Quality



Sarah S.:  Investigating nonprofits


Charity Watch


The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Non-profit Management


The National Database of Non-Profit Organizations


The National Center for Charitable Statistics


Better Business Bureau


American Institute of Philanthropy



Hazel:  Investigating transportation


Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office


National Infrastructure Protection Center


Banco Mundial


Interamerican Development Bank



Justin:  Investigating utilities


The Federal Communications Commission


The Department of Energy


The Environmental Protection Agency


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission


National Renewable Energy Laboratory


Minerals Management Service


Edison Electric Institute


Environmental Defense Fund's Scorecard





Eric:  Investigating transportation


Insurance Institute for Highway Safety


National Transportation Safety Board


Coast Guard Boating Information


Air Transportation


Federal Railroad Administration


Office of Pipeline Safety


Office of Hazardous Material Safety



Nicki:  Investigating environmental issues


Maryland Department of the Environment


House Public Works and Transportation Committee


Senate and Public Works


EPA Envirofacts Data Warehouse


Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Laboratory


United Nations Environment Programme




William:  Investigating housing


Tax and property records


Neighborhood stats


A national directory of local home inspectors


Real estate transactions and liens (paid site)


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development



Elizabeth:  Investigating environmental issues


EPA Topics


Society of Environmental Journalists


Maryland Department of the Environment




EPA Data


EPA Envirofacts


TOXNET - Toxics Release Inventory