Resources for Writers & Digital Media Professionals
Updated: Sep 16
I am confident that over time I will find websites, books, courses, and even people who prove to be invaluable resources for anyone interested in publishing about criminal investigations. As I uncover those resources, for my benefit and for yours, I'm going to organize and share them here. That means this post will change over time, so I'll be sure to reshare it when I've made substantial additions.
I tweeted Newspapers.com and asked for guidance on proper citation (mostly because I was having a hard time believing they were okay with me just clipping and sharing their content) and they promptly replied with this resource article. It's an easy process, allows people without a subscription to see your clipping, and, as pointed out in the article, "embedded clippings also automatically include the newspaper citation information below the image, so that’s one less step for you!"
Free or Low-Cost Research Sites
PDF Drive is a search engine for PDF files. The PDFs and eBooks are free to download without ads or download limits.
Science.gov describes itself as a site that provides users with "access to more than 200 million pages of authoritative federal science information including research and development results."
RefSeek is a search engine that aims to make academic information easily accessible to everyone. RefSeek searches include more than five billion documents, including web pages, books, encyclopedias, journals, and newspapers.
Royalty-Free & Low-Cost Images and Video
I definitely advise people to hire a professional photographer/videographer for PR photos, but if you're blogging or creating videos regularly and need generic images, check out these sites.
Over 2.5 million+ high quality stock images, videos and music shared by our talented community.
The internet’s source of freely-usable images. Powered by creators everywhere.
As I zero in on my book research approach, I'm realzing how important text analysis is - and I thought it may be equally important to others, so I wanted to include the resources I am uncovering that help (some in the same ways and some in very unique ways) with the often-overwhelming task of identifying patterns and meaning in large quantities of text.
A freeware corpus analysis toolkit for concordancing and text analysis.
NodeXL Pro gives data-driven marketers access to powerful social media analysis features including influencer identification, brand evaluation, social listening, content analysis, ideation, lead harvesting, competitor social and campaign analysis, automation, white-labeling, and more!