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GIMMS Toolkit: Local Media Sources

Comprehensive list of media sources reporting state, Monroe County, and Bloomington news


Welcome to GIMMS

Government Information, Maps & Microform Services (GIMMS) is located on the second floor of Herman B Wells Library on the Indiana University Bloomington campus.  Included in GIMMS are local, state, and federal government information and data resources, the largest map collection in Indiana, GIS services, and microform services.

This guide brings together a comprehensive list of local media sources.

For further information, or to request a consultation or IU Libraries instruction session, please contact us at



Indiana News

Indiana News

Historical Scources

Looking for stories about the community from the past? These can help.

Bloomington and Monroe County News

Media Sources, local area

Print/Online News Media

General news, with a focus on current events.

Radio, Television, and Podcasts

News for when you don't want to read.


Long form, special interest articles, usually including photographs, and often including community event calendars.

Local Social Media Groups

Interested in hearing the local scuttlebutt? Check out an area's social media. You must use these groups critically. While they are a great way to find out what people are thinking and doing in your community, they are also a great way to spread rumors and lies (sometimes intentionally, sometimes not).

Historical Scources

Looking for stories about the community from the past? These can help.

Microform Services

Why microforms?

Many of our materials are available on microform, sometimes only so.  Do not be afraid!  GIMMS equipment views and scans microfilm, microfiche, and microopaques. Images can be scanned in PDF, TIFF, JPEG, PNG and BMP formats and saved to CD, flash drive, or any Internet file storage service. Scans can also be printed like any other document.



Newspapers and Microforms

Microfilm has long been the standard format for newspaper archives. More and more newspapers end up in digital archives each year, but many can still be found only in film. Occasionally, you might even find a newspaper in an online database that has parts missing from it due to copyright restrictions.

Whatever newspaper or magazine or television transcript or other media you find in a microformat, let us help!