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Journalism: Archival Research & Freedom of Information Requests

Overview of resources available at Fordham University Libraries and beyond for journalism and public media.

Archival Research Tips

Accessing in-person, physical archives is a specific type of research that requires background research, planning, and navigating various types of permissions. The following resources explain how to use and find in-person archives:

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives the public the right to request access to records from federal agencies. These agencies are required to share the information requested unless it falls under one of nine exemptions.

Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Requests

The Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”), Article 6 (Sections 84-90) of the NYS Public Officers Law, provides the public right to access to records maintained by state or local government agencies with certain exceptions.

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