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A guide to understanding and evaluating the difference between scholarly and non-scholarly resources
Is it Scholarly? Tips for critically evaluating your information resources.
Article Database Search Tips
- Use Synonmyms, brainstorm and mine found resources
- Notice controlled vocabulary, index, descriptor and subject terms
- Use truncation * works for most databases
- Combine terms with boolean operators, AND contains both terms, OR contains at least one term
- Search phrases, quotes work for most databases
- Use dropdown menu or radio buttons to limit search to fields such as title, subject, abstract, descriptors
- Use the online Help
E-Reference Resources are a good place to explore potential research topics right from your dorm room! If you have a topic in mind, specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries can give you invaluable background information, as well as important keywords for researching the topic.
- Sample entry for Addiction to Electronic Games
- Sample entry for Cyberwarfare
Check out even more Communication E-Reference Resources.
Provides indexing and full text for thousands of scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines, and business information sources. Multidisciplinary in scope.
Communication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)
Indexes academic journals, magazines, books and book reviews in the fields of communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields. Includes abstracts and full-text for selected journals. Coverage goes back to the early 20th century.
Communication Abstracts (EBSCO)
Indexes academic journals, magazines, books and book reviews in the fields of communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields. Includes abstracts for journals, magazines, and books as well as full-text for selected journals and magazines. Coverage goes back to the early 20th century.
Indexes academic journals and books in the fields of communication and journalism. Includes abstracts. Coverage extends back to the early 20th century. Complements ComIndex.
Indexes academic journals in the fields of communication and journalism. Coverage extends back to the early 20th century. Complements ComAbstracts.
News and Opinion Resources
ProQuest U.S. Newsstream
Lexis Nexis Academic
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Alternative Press Index (EBSCO)
Columbia International Affairs Online - CIAO (Columbia University Press)
Organizing and Citing Your Work
- Available for use in the library, this is the official guide to APA style.
- OWL is a freely available online resource provided by Purdue University. The OWL gives clear instructions for formatting your paper and bibliography in APA style.
Zotero is a free, open source citation tool developed by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for New Media at George Mason University. It’s been funded by the Mellon and Sloan foundations, as well as the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
HERE you can find detailed information about what Zotero is and what it can do for you.
Start using Zotero HERE