The Library has a large number of subject specific online encyclopedias, companions and handbooks with exhaustive and well-researched entries written by subject experts. These essays are generally helpful startiing points and can help you in defining and focusing your topic. Essays generally include bibliographies that will lead you to further sources on your topic.
Find a sampling of useful sociology and methods resources below. More encyclopedias, companions and handbooks can be found on the Communication E-Reference and Biographies E-Reference lists and in the library's online catalog.
Recommended E-Reference Resources
Encyclopedia of African American Society
Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
Encyclopedia of Black Studies
Encyclopedia of African American actresses in film and television
While researching your topic, don’t forget to take a look at the vast collection of books Falvey has to offer. You are probably accustomed to finding scholarly articles as part of a research project, but books are also a significant area of scholarly publishing. They are also an important source for more in-depth background information. You will want a working konwledge of your topic before completing an oral history, even if you are not writing a tradtional research paper.
Often it is easier to review a book on your topic before beginning your article searches. A book can give a broader perspective on your topic, while journal articles tend to be very narrowly focused. Even if you do not reference the book in your term paper, it can still serve as an important source for finding key scholarly research articles on your topic.
To search for books, go to the library’s Search tab, and then click the smaller Books & More tab. You can search for keywords, or you can use the drop-down menu to search for specific titles or authors.
For example, check out this search for African American 20th Century biographies. Add keywords or use the links on the right to narrow your search.
Or, check out this search for African American media representation.
Don’t forget to hit the stacks! (Or, click through to our many online and e-books.)
Article databases can be searched using key terms to find these articles. There are several useful databases in communicatoin:
Search for Articles
Communication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)
Film & Television Literature Index (EBSCO)
Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)
Communication Abstracts (EBSCO)
Conducting a research interview or oral history can be very challenging. Luckily, there are resources available to help.
African American Oral History Project from University of Louisville University Libraries
Story Corps from NPR
Using a particular writing style, such as APA can be challenging. Don't worry, the library is here to help!
Whether writing your reference list by hand or proofreading a bibliography, you will definitely need to have the APA rules on hand. Check out the resources below:
- If you need to see the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association-the official authority on all things APA-stop by the Information Desk to browse a copy.
- 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.
- Especially see this post for how to cite an interview.
- The Purdue OWL and Research & Documentation Online are clear and easy to understand sources of information for how to use APA style. Since they are not official publications of the APA, check the Publication Manual when in doubt.
As you prepare your presentation, pick up some tips from the library’s resources. See this handy guide on Business Presentations from Linda Hauck. These recent books are also helpful guides to presenting:
Presenting with Power
by Shay McConnon
Power Points!: How to design and deliver presentations that sizzle and sell
by Harry Mills
If your presentation includes a PowerPoint slide, handouts, or any type of material that makes reference to or displays the work of others, be sure to follow the University’s Academic Integrity policy. It is important to attribute the work of others, and APA citations may be appropriate. Cite all references to the work of others, and be sure to attribute all images and other media to their original authors. Please see the library’s guide to Academic Integrity for more information.