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CMAT304 - Communication: Gender and Culture - Research Help

Getting Help

Hi, I'm Stephen Ford, your friendly research/instructional librarian, and I'm here to help you!

How to get in touch with me:

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

Background

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.

Check out the CMAT Subject Guide for a list of reference tools!

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!):

Some potentially helpful links about literature reviews:

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!

Books from other USMAI Libraries
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.
Here's a short tutorial about how to do intercampus borrowing!

Books from Interlibrary Loan/Worldcat
Interlibrary Loan is a great tool that allows you to borrow a book from libraries outside the USMAI system.  Before you submit a request, make sure that we don't own the book here at SU or at one of the other USMAI institutions.  If not, you can submit a request through ILL Express

You can also search Worldcat, which is a huge catalog of materials from libraries all over the world.  If the book you want is in a library, chances are pretty good you will find it in Worldcat! 
If you find the book you want and you know it is not available at SU or any USMAI campus, then you can click the Find It button and then request the book through Interlibrary Loan.  The advantage of doing it this way is that you don't have to fill in all the information about the book!

Click here to go to the Interlibrary Loan webpage.
Here's a short tutorial about how to use ILL!

Scholarly V. Popular Sources: A Showdown!

You need to find scholarly resources for your research in this class.

What exactly do you mean by scholarly?
Here are the basics:
(Check out this handy dandy chart for more information!)

Popular Magazines/Newspapers:

  • glossy, pretty pages with lots of advertisements and pictures

  • written by hired reporters for a general audience

  • short, easily read articles

Scholarly Journals:

  • somewhat dull looking - very few pictures or advertisements

  • written by experts in the field and reviewed by other scholars before publication

  • long articles with citations and bibliographies at the end

Why should you use the library databases and not Google to find articles?

Most of the time, scholarly publications are not available to the general public, nor are they available for free on the internet.  Individuals or organizations (such as a library) subscribe to these publications.  Because subscriptions are expensive, many choose to access this content through libraries. 

Often, content from scholarly journals is indexed in databases that the library subscribes to.  The content is on the web, but it is not accessible unless you are affiliated with the institution that is subscribing.  It isn’t the same thing as just finding a website through a regular Google search.  Sometimes the full text of the article is available through the database; other times it is only a citation to the article and you will need to find the print version of the article in the library or order the article through interlibrary loan if we don’t subscribe to it.

So, basically what I'm saying is that the only way you can access this scholarly information for free is by using the library databases! 

Top Journals in the field of Gender and Communication

  • Communication Education - fulltext in Communication and Mass Media Complete

  • Communication Monographs - fulltext in Communication and Mass Media Complete

  • Communication Studies - fulltext in Communication and Mass Media Complete

  • Gender and Society - fulltext in JSTOR and in print

  • Journal of Applied Communication Research - fulltext in Communication and Mass Media Complete

  • Journal of Cross-Cultural Research - must interlibrary loan

  • Journal of Gender, Culture and Health - must interlibrary loan

  • Journal of Men's Studies - fulltext in Academic Search Premier and Humanities International Complete

  • Men and Masculinities - must interlibrary loan

  • Sex Roles - print in the library

  • Sexuality and Culture - fulltext in Academic Search Premier and Humanities International Complete

  • Signs - fulltext in Humanities International Complete, JSTOR and print in the library

  • Women and Language - must interlibrary loan

  • Women's Studies in Communication - fulltext in Communication and Mass Media Complete

Finding Articles

Here are some databases where you will find scholarly articles:

Note: If you are off campus, you will be prompted to log in with your Gull Card barcode number.

MULTIDISCIPLINARY & NEWSPAPERS:

  • Academic Search Premier - a multidisciplinary database from EBSCO with a mix of scholarly and popular resources, a lot of full-text and Find It links when there is no full-text available. *

  • JSTOR - scholarly full-text resources; the newest documents are 3-5 years old.

SUBJECT-SPECIFIC:

  • Communication & Mass Media Complete - an awesome database that is all about Communication and Media studies.  This database ROCKS and you will want to use it. 
    A lot.  *

  • Com Abstracts (Communication Institute for Online Scholarship: provides scholars and academic departments in the communication/journalism field with metrics for career assessment and national standing.)

  • Humanities International Complete - database covering the Humanities with quite a few Communications journals included.  *

  • PsycINFO - the gold standard database for psychology and related fields.  Also good for interpersonal communication stuff. *

  • 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 *

*These EBSCO databases can be searched simultaneously by checking them off in the "Choose Databases" box on the main search screen in any EBSCO database.  This is where to click to get to the Choose Databases box.

Find It Button

  WHAT DOES THAT CUTE LITTLE FIND IT BUTTON DO, ANYWAY?

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!!!  Here's a tutorial showing how to use it!

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!

Everyone's Favorite! Government Info / Statistics

Statistics can be tough to track down, so if you need help, just let me know!

Evaluating Websites

Always make sure that internet resources are appropriate for your project. 
Look at the criteria listed on this website to see if the website you want to use is acceptable.


If you have questions about the appropriateness of a website, please check with your professor or a librarian.

Citing your Work

Plagiarism is not cool. 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 are some APA Citation Guides:


 
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