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The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 25,000 investigative stories — print, broadcast and online. Add to that more than 5,000 tipsheets from our national conferences, Watchdog Workshops, and on-the-road training on how to cover specific beats or do specific stories. IRE gives you resources that no reporter or editor should be without.

Use key words and the check boxes in the Resource Search to find results in one type of resource (e.g. tipsheets), a combination of resources (e.g. tipsheets, contest entries and data) or View All to search all IRE resources. Simply click the box to select or deselect particular types of items to search.

As you find items that you'd like to purchase (e.g. books or data) and/or download for free (e.g. tipsheets or contest entries), add them to your Shopping Cart. When you're ready to check out, click on the Shopping Cart link on the top right of the page. Follow instructions to check out. You'll be asked only once to add your payment method; it's needed even for free items such as tipsheets. The next time you need tipsheets or other resources, the process will be faster after the one-time setup.

You can find your history of purchases and free downloads by clicking on the Member Dashboard, then selecting the Order History button. A list will appear of items you've purchased and downloaded for free. Click the View Order link on the right for a detailed list of items bought or downloaded on a particular day.

The Resource Center is partially supported by the Jane Pulliam Trust, The Florence and John Schumann Foundation and the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation.

About our resources

IRE offers a variety of resources to help journalists grow their skills in investigative and data reporting. Here's an overview of the different resources available in our searchable library:

Audio: Download audio files from past IRE conferences and workshops. Relive some of your favorite conference sessions, or catch up on panels you missed.

Books: Browse digital and physical books on data and investigative journalism. Books are available for purchase online; IRE members get a discount.

Contest entries: Search more than 25,000 investigative stories entered into IRE's annual awards contests. Contest entries showcase print, TV, online and radio stories, as well as work done by students. Many entries contain a contest questionnaire, which offers a blueprint to how the investigation was done and provides invaluable information for other journalists interested in reporting on the topic. For contest entries before 2012, the contest questionnaires generally are available online, though story files are not digitized and must be requested. Please note physical copies cannot be made available while the IRE office is closed during the pandemic. The office is closed until further notice.

Data: Search our federal databases and find the data you need for your investigation. IRE maintains these databases: SBA Disaster Loans, SBA 7a Business Loans, National Inventory of Dams, National Bridge Inventory, FOT Fatality Analysis Reporting System, College Scorecard-Simplified and Boating Accidents. Use the Resource Search to find them by clicking on Data and adding a key word (uncheck the View All button). We also provide archived data that is no longer updated but useful for reporting. Click here to see a full list and a link to request archived data.

IRE Journal: Browse back issues of our quarterly magazine, The IRE Journal. IRE members can download PDF copies for free.

Newsletter: Read back issues of our monthly I-Team Toolkit newsletter offering story ideas, reporting tips and more aimed at TV journalists.

Tipsheet: Find more than 5,000 guides and presentations by journalists on how to cover specific beats or tackle specific stories.

Webinars: Watch free, archived recordings of IRE webinars on a variety of topics. 

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