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Subject Guide: Communications:

CMAT332-334 Class Guide

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CMAT 332: Media Criticism and Analysis
CMAT 334: Mass Media in Society

Getting help:

Hi, I'm Stephen Ford, your friendly reference/instructional librarian, and I'm here to help you!
You can email me at Trust me, you WANT to be friends with a librarian.  We're here to help you with your research, and we actually enjoy doing it!  When I'm not teaching classes or rushing off to meetings, you can find me in my office in Blackwell Library 133.

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:

We have several databases you can use to search for journal, magazine, or newspaper articles.  Some of them only give a citation to the article, and some have the full-text.  Here is a list of databases you might want to try:

Academic Search Complete - a multidisciplinary database from EBSCO with a mix of scholarly and popular resources, a lot of full-text and FindIt links when there is no full-text available

Lexis-Nexis Academic - this database contains full-text world news, legal and business information

National Newspapers - a collection of full-text major newspapers including The New York Times and Washington Post

ComAbstracts - citations to scholarly communication articles, the full-text articles in this database require downloading the Djvu reader

JSTOR Arts & Sciences - scholarly full-text resources; the newest documents are 3-5 years old

PsycINFO -  mostly scholarly psychology articles, many are full-text.  Use the FindIt buttons to locate items that are not full-text.  Like Academic Search Complete, this database comes from EBSCO and has a similar interface.

Social Sciences Abstracts - also from EBSCO, this database contains citations and full-text
for topics in the Social Sciences.  Use the Find-It buttons to locate items that are not full-text.


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.

Internet Movie Database
TV Ratings
Nielson Media Research
TV Week
The Encyclopedia of Television
Television Production Handbook
Library Resources for Communication Studies
BoxOffice Online

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