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CMAT490 - Senior Seminar - Class Guide

Welcome to the Dark Side ;)

Getting help:

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:

  • Email:

  • 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

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

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 is a short tutorial about borrowing books from other USMAI libraries.

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.

Watch this short tutorial on using Interlibrary Loan!

Finding articles:

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 this handy dandy chart.

These links will only work from on campus.  From off campus, please access our databases using Research PortThis tutorial shows you how to log in.


  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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. *

  • PsycINFO - 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.


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!!!  See it in action here!

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!

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 are some APA Citation Guides:

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