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Dart Research Database: the Definitive Bibliography of Scholarship on Journalism and Trauma

Produced by the Dart Research Lab at the University of Tulsa and the
Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

User Guide


The Dart Research Database allows users to navigate a continually updated collection of article citations using a simple text search. Enter a given subject, author name or other text string into the search box and hit "GO," and the search function returns all citations in the database where that text appears in the title, abstract, journal name or a range of categories and subcategories. Categories and subcategories include the type of article (with subcategories such as "Meta-analysis") and the type of trauma concerned (with subcategories such as "Murder"). (See the Category List for a complete list of categories and subcategories.)

Search Results

Search returns the bibliographic information for all citations that match the search query, including an abstract where available. To find the full text of a given article, you can search for it elsewhere, using the bibliographic information provided.

My Research List

Next to each search result, there is a green "add" button. Clicking this button adds the article citation to "My Research List”: a virtual shopping cart that can be consulted for the duration of the browser session by clicking on the green "My Research List" link that appears at the upper left of the page. Clicking the red "remove" button removes an article from "My Research List."

Note that this list is maintained for the duration of your browser session. Once the browser is closed, "My Research List" is reset. At the end of your session, you may want to copy and paste the text to another location in order to keep it for future reference.

Advanced Search Techniques

For narrower results, "Advanced Search" returns only those citations that fit into particular categories. Click on "Advanced Search," which appears beneath the search field, and a list of categories appears. Click on the plus sign to the left of any category to reveal its subcategories. Click on the "All" checkbox to the right of any category, or click on the unlabeled checkbox to the right of any subcategory, and search will restrict results to citations that fit into the corresponding category or subcategory. Any number of categories and subcategories can be selected. (See the Category List for a complete list of categories and subcategories.)

Note that once any category or subcategory has been checked, clicking on additional categories or subcategories widens the search, rather than narrowing it. For example, an advanced search for "murder" with the "Meta-analysis," and "General communication journal" subcategories checked will return all "Meta-analysis" articles that include term "murder," in addition to all "General communication journal" articles that include the term "murder." It will not narrow the search to only those articles that have both the “Meta-analysis” and “General communication journal” subcategories.

For more sophisticated searching, make use of Advanced Syntax.

Category List
Type of Article
Type of Publication
Trauma / Survivor Type
Age of Subjects
Article Content
Psychological Disorders discussed
Media Type
Inclusion of professional advice for journalists
Professional advice for clinicians
Professional advice for educators