Welcome to the Dark Side ;)
Please feel free to seek out
my help with your research after our session. I LOVE to do
research. Here's how to get in touch with me:
IM: paisleyr on yahoo or
kristaknapp on gtalk
In my office, BL129
At the Research
Services Desk, Mondays 8-12, Wednesdays 8-10, Thursdays
10-12, and Fridays 8-10
can also get help 24 hours a day/7 days a week through the
Maryland AskUsNow chat reference service:
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
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 is a
short tutorial about borrowing books from other USMAI
Books from Interlibrary
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
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.
tutorial on using Interlibrary Loan!
Consider the types of sources you will
need to support your research. You definitely need
scholarly journal articles reporting on research studies, of
course. But you also might
want magazine and newspaper articles that will demonstrate how
the media addresses your
topic, or to show that your topic is relevant. If you have
any questions about what makes an article scholarly, popular, or
even a third type source called a trade publication, check out
will only work from on campus. From off campus, please
access our databases using
tutorial shows you how to log in.
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
scholarly full-text resources; the newest documents are 3-5
- this database contains full-text world news, legal and
- a collection of full-text major newspapers including
The New York Times and
Communication & Mass Media Complete - a NEW, awesome
database that is all about Communication and Media studies.
This database ROCKS and you will want to use it.
A lot. *
Com Abstracts - citations
to articles in Communications Journals. From this
page, choose Com Abstracts in the top right-hand corner to
search the database.
Contemporary Women's Issues - would
be good for topics relating to women.
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. *
Humanities International Complete -
database covering the Humanities with quite a few
Communications journals included. *
- the gold standard database
for psychology and related fields.
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.
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
Links you to the library
catalog when we have the item you want in print or
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!!! See it in action
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
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
Here are some APA Citation Guides: