Public Relations Research Resources: Background Information

PR Firms and Media Directories

PR and Media Encyclopedias

Biographical Research

  • For books by or about specific people, search the Library Catalog by the name of the person as an author or subject (last name, first name). To search for collections of biographies by type of person or profession, search the Library Catalog using the keyword search, for example: journalists and biography.
  • The LexisNexis Academic Biographical Information Search is useful to locate information about people in business, industry, politics, etc.
  • The Biography Index Past and Present (Wilson) covers biographical information from more than 2,700 English-language periodicals; as well as books, autobiographies, bibliographies, biographies, critical studies, fiction, drama, pictorial works, poetry, juvenile literature, obituaries, journals, collections of letters, book reviews, and interviews.

Facts and Statistics

The following are from government and private sources of facts and statistics beyond journals and books, for finding information to support research papers and presentations.

Factual Information: Selected Sources

Statistical Data: Selected Sources