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CMAT246 - Journalism - Class Guide

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Getting Help        Background Information      Finding Books      Finding Articles

Find It Button      Statistics/Gov't Info     Evaluating Websites     Citing Your Work

Getting help:

Hi, I'm Stephen Ford, your friendly reference/instructional librarian, and I'm here to help you!
You can email me at
saford@salisbury.eduTrust me, you WANT to be friends with a librarian.  We're here to help you with your research, and we actually enjoy doing it, as crazy as that sounds!  Visit my website for more information about me:

When I'm not teaching classes or rushing off to meetings, you can find me in my office in Blackwell Library 129 or at the research services desk.  My hours on the desk are Mondays 10am-12pm, Tuesdays 6pm-10pm, Wednesdays 12pm-2pm, Thursdays 10am-12pm, and Fridays 8am-10am.  Stop by and say hi!

You can also get help 24 hours a day/7 days a week through the Maryland AskUsNow chat reference service:

Background information:

Reference sources are a good place to start your research. 
What is a reference source?  A reference source is something you consult for a specific piece of information, not something you read from cover to cover.  Reference sources include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, thesauri, atlases, almanacs, directories, etc.  Blackwell Library's reference collection is located on the main floor.  Consult the

Library of Congress Classification outline to see the call number area for your topic.

Here are some suggestions:

  • World Almanac REF AY67.N5 W7
  • Encyclopedia of Religion REF BL31 .E46
  • Current Biography REF CT100.C8   (published annually since 1940)
  • Native America in the 20th Century  REF E76.2 .N36 1994
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the US  REF E184.S75 O97 2005
  • African American Encyclopedia   REF  E185 .A253 2001
  • Dictionary of American History  REF  E174.D52 1976
  • Statistical Record of Black America  REF  E185.5.S83
  • Countries and Their Cultures  REF  GN307 .C68 2001
  • Statistical Abstract of the US  REF  HA202.U52
  • American Salaries and Wages Survey  REF  HD4973.A67
  • Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual History in America 
    REF  HQ76.3 .U5 E53
  • Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice  REF  HV6017.E52
  • Criminal Justice Statistics Sourcebook  REF  HV7245.N370
  • West Encyclopedia of American law  REF  KF154.W47 1992

Why can't I just use Wikipedia?
Well, anybody and their brother can get on Wikipedia and write whatever they want, for starters!  Plus, there are tons of more reliable, authoritative sources out there for you to use.  And, I just can't resist sharing my favorite Colbert Report clip about the downfalls of Wikipedia.  View it here (and please ignore the brief commercial at the beginning!):

Finding books:

Find books in Blackwell Library using our online library catalog.  Books in our library are arranged using Library of Congress Classification.  The books you can check out are located on the second floor of the library.  If you ever have trouble finding a book you want, PLEASE ask for help at the Research Desk!

You can also borrow books from any of the USMAI affiliations by selecting the "choose campus" link at the top of the catalog page and then selecting "USMAI All Campuses."  When you find a book you want that is not in Blackwell, click the "request" button and use your ID number to login.  You can have the book delivered to Blackwell within 3 or 4 days.

Finding articles:

Ask yourself if you need scholarly sources or popular sources for your assignment.  Many times, your professor will insist on scholarly sources.  What does that mean?  Find out using this handy-dandy chart from Duke Libraries.

Here are some databases that may be useful for your presentations:


Magazines and Journals

Multidisciplinary databases

  • Academic Search Complete - a multidisciplinary database containing both scholarly and popular sources, many of which have full-text available.  ASP is a good place to start your research.  Use the FindIt button to locate articles that are not available full-text.
  • JSTOR Arts & Sciences - a huge, wonderful database of scholarly communication from a wide variety of disciplines.  All of these sources are full-text, but the newest documents are 3-5 years old.
  • MasterFILE Premier - mostly fulltext articles from general and popular magazines.

Subject-specific databases:

  • CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online) - full text theory, research, and case studies on international affairs.
  • Contemporary Women's Issues - issues focusing on health and human rights.
  • CQ Weekly - Congressional Quarterly Weekly -  your opportunity to find out what's going on in Congress!

  • ERIC - "Education Resources Information Center," a database with full text education articles and ERIC documents as well as Find It links to non-full text resources.

  • Business Source Premier - company, industry, business information with the familiar EBSCO interface. 
  • Regional Business News - like Business Source Premier but focused on regional companies instead of national and international
  • Health Source: Consumer Edition - health and related topics.
  • Social Sciences Abstracts - articles and citations for interdisciplinary fields such as addiction studies, anthropology, corrections, economics, gender studies, gerontology, minority studies, political sciences, psychology, sociology, and more


It's a bit like magic, really.  The Find It button does three things:

  • Looks in all of our databases to see if the document you want is available full-text in another of our databases.  If so, it links you to it!

  • Links you to the library catalog when we have the item you want in print or microform.

  • Links you to ILLiad (interlibrary loan) so you can borrow the item from another library if we don't have access electronically or in print.

The Find It button is YOUR FRIEND!!!

You can also use the Citation Linker, another fabulously cool tool.   It is useful when you are reading an article and it cites another article that looks like it would be super useful for your research.   You plug in the citation information for that article and can find out how to access it, whether it be electronically, physically in the library, or through Interlibrary Loan.  It works the same way as Find It, but you don't have to be in a database.

Learn more about the Citation Linker!

Statistics/Government Information

Evaluating Websites:

Always make sure that internet resources are appropriate for your project. 
Look at the criteria listed on this website:

If you have questions about the appropriateness of a website, please check with your professor or a librarian.  Here are some that I suggest for your projects in this course:

Citing your work:

Of course you want to make sure you give proper credit to any source that you use to write your papers, whether you directly quote or paraphrase.  This guide helps students understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it:

Here is a guide that should help you cite your work: