As you begin working with your topic and visiting your site, it may help to read through some background information. Online encyclopedias are easy to access and provide brief, succinct articles. They provide an introduction to the topic and also help familiarize you with the syntax of the field.
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Electronic encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks and other reference materials specific to research in the area of communication arts. Research Methods E-Reference
Online encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other reference materials relating to research methods. Encyclopedia of Communication and Information Encyclopedic Dictionary of Semiotics, Media, and Communications
REF P87.5 .D36 2000 Encyclopedia of Communication Theory
With more than 300 entries, these two volumes provide a one-stop source for a comprehensive overview of communication theory, offering current descriptions of theories as well as the background issues and concepts that comprise these theories. This is the first resource to summarize, in one place, the diversity of theory in the communication field. Encyclopedia of Political Communication Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media
Articles from scholarly and trade journals are a reliable source of information. They normally focus on a single narrow topic. Use journal articles to back up claims and arguments you make in your own paper. Find articles by searching relevant article databases.
For more information on different types of journals (scholarly, trade, and popular), see the Tell If It's a Scholarly Journal guide. For this project, you may find that trade or popular journals have interesting anecdotal information for your projects, while scholarly journal articles will have research to support the arguments of your paper.
You can find communication articles by searching these databases:
Article Databases in Communication
Communication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)
CMMC offers cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 570 journals, and selected coverage of nearly 200 more, for a combined coverage of more than 770 titles; furthermore, this database includes full text for over 450 journals. CMMC incorporates the content of CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association) and Mass Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Penn State) along with numerous other journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study. Communication Abstracts (EBSCO)
Abstracts articles from journals, conference proceedings and hard-to-find documents. Includes scientific research and government policies. Distinct from ComAbstracts and ComIndex, Communication Abstracts is produced at Temple University and provides abstracting coverage of books and journals in all areas of communication studies (mass, interpersonal and new communication technologies). Film & Television Literature Index (EBSCO)
A comprehensive bibliographic database covering the entire spectrum of television and film writing. Subject coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. It has been designed for use by a diverse audience that includes film scholars, college students, and general viewers. ComAbstracts (CIOS)
The ComAbstracts database contains abstracts of articles published in the primary professional literature of the communication(s) field. Complemented by ComIndex. ComIndex (CIOS)
Indexes articles in major professional journals in the communications field. Complemented by ComAbstracts.
Citation Chasing - Build on Your Research
Database searching is not the only way to find great scholarly articles for your research project. Once you have found useful articles, pay attention to the sources those authors use to build their own research. It is likely that the sources that were important to those authors will also be important to your research. All scholarly research should include a thorough bibliography or reference list at the end of the article.
There are many ways to find out if Falvey has the full text of an article when you have the article citation. Check out the Finding Full Text guide for more information.
To search Falvey’s book collection, go to the Search Tab. Use the drop-down menu to search by the title or author of the book you are looking for.
Articles and books that are not owned by the library can be easily borrowed through our interlibrary loan system. ILLiad is best for requesting articles, and E-Z Borrow is the preferred method for requesting books that are available in that system.
Citing Your Sources in APA Style
Even though you have been using APA style for the past 4 years, you may be full of dread at the thought of writing your reference list. The library is here to help!
Whether writing your reference list by hand or proofreading a Refworks bibliography, you will definitely need to have the APA rules on hand. Check out the resources below:
- If you find the Publication Manual confusing or scary (or both), try the APA Online Tutorial. This video guide is clear and easy to watch. It gives a thorough overview of how to format your paper and cite your sources.
- For those trickier scenarios (how do I cite my class notes? how do I cite a blog post?), try searching the APA Style Blog. This is another official APA site, so it is an authoritative source.
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