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 list and in the library's online catalog.
You are required to find scholarly resarch articles for your term paper. One method for finding these articles is searching article databases. The databases listed here are all very specific to research in the communication arts.
Once you have identified a useful article, check to see whether it is available in full text from that database. You will see a link or an icon for an HTML or PDF version of the article (sometimes the full article is displayed below the abstract). If the article is not available in full text through that database, it may still be available through another resource. Click the find it button to see if it is available. This will take you to the 360Link screen:
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.
To check the library's holdings for the full text of a journal article you found on a list of references, use the steps outlined in this video:
Although you are required to find scholarly journal articles for this research project, books are still an important source of scholarly information. 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.
For example, take a look at this catalog search of the Search Tab for mass media politics. Use the options on the right to fine tune the search to your topic area. Use the date fileds to limit to a recent time period.
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 Refworks bibliography, you will definitely need to have the APA rules on hand. Check out the resources below:
RefWorks is a Web-based software package designed to help you easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.
See the Library Guide to Refworks for more information.