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What is a Literature Review?

See your course syllabus for information on writing a literature review.

You may also consult:

Literature Reviews (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/literature_review.html

How to Write a Literature Review (University of California, Santa Cruz)
http://library.ucsc.edu/ref/howto/literaturereview.html

      

    Finding Background Information: Selected Reference Sources

    Use reference sources to:

    • get background information on your topic
    • determine ways to narrow your topic area
    • find key terms and subjects to use when searching for articles and books
    • find lists of references for suggested further reading
    • and more...

    COMMUNICATION / MEDIA STUDIES REFERENCE

    Encyclopedia of Communication and Information (2002)
    Call Number: Trexler Library Reference Collection 302.203 E56o v.1-3 (LEVEL A)

    Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications (2003)
    Call Number: Trexler Library Reference Collection 302.2303 E56o v.1-4 (LEVEL A)

    Encyclopedia of Media and Politics (2007)
    Call Number: Trexler Library Reference Collection 302.230973 E56o (LEVEL A)

    Encyclopedia of Television (2004)
    Call Number: Trexler Library Reference Collection 384.5503 E56o v.1-4 (LEVEL A)

    International Encyclopedia of Communication (2008)
    Call Number: Trexler Library Reference Collection 302.203 I56e v.1-12 (LEVEL A)

    RACE REFERENCE

    Companion to Racial and Ethnic Studies (2002)
    Call Number: Trexler Library Reference Collection 3305.8 G618c (LEVEL A)

    Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America (1995)
    Call Number: Trexler Library Reference Collection 305.800973 V413g v.1-2 (LEVEL A)

    Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups (1980)
    Call Number: Trexler Library Reference Collection 973.04 H339 (LEVEL A)

    Race Relations in America: A Reference Guide with Primary Documents (2006)
    Call Number: Trexler Library Reference Collection 305.800973 D264r (LEVEL A)

    Racial and Ethnic Relations in America (2000)
    Call Number: Trexler Library Reference Collection 305.800973 R121a v.1-3 (LEVEL A)

    EXAMPLES OF REFERENCE WORKS ON SPECIFIC GROUPS

    Asian-American Almanac: A Reference Work on Asians in the United States (1995)
    Call Number: Trexler Library Reference Collection 973.0495 G162a (LEVEL A)

    Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History (2006)
    Call Number: Trexler Library Reference Collection 973.0496073 E56o v.1-6 (LEVEL A)

    Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States (2005)
    Call Number: Trexler Library Reference Collection 973.0468 O98e v.1-4 (LEVEL A)

    Jewish-American History and Culture: An Encyclopedia (1992)
    Call Number: Trexler Library Reference Collection 973.04924 F529 (LEVEL A)

    Search the library catalog for more reference sources or browse the reference collection on level A of the library.

        

      Finding Books

      Encompass Search finds information by searching through a massive collection of books, scholarly journals, newspapers and magazines, dissertations, conference proceedings, music, video, maps, and more. 

      To find only books, use the Books limit on the left sidebar of your search results page. Many items will be in Trexler Library; note the call number and status of the item to check its location and availability. For items not in Trexler Library, use the Interlibrary Loan to request a copy from another library.

          

        Finding Articles: Databases & Indexes

        SUBJECT SPECIFIC DATABASES: COMMUNICATION / MEDIA STUDIES

        Communication and Mass Media Complete
        The most comprehensive database in communication studies.

        Sage Journals Online
        Provides access to over 500 journals published by Sage (full-text online for 1999-present).

        SUBJECT SPECIFIC DATABASES: OTHER AREAS
        (See Databases A to Z for all library article databases or Subject Guides for recommendations by subject area.)

        Health Source
        Indexes scholarly articles dealing with public health and medicine.

        MLA International Bibliography
        A humanities database that covers a wide range of topics including race in media.

        Sociological Abstracts
        Premier sociology database.

        PAIS International
        Indexes government and scholarly journals dealing with all manner of public affairs and political science.

        INTERDISCIPLINARY DATABASES

        Academic Search Complete
        Large and diverse database that covers most academic disciplines, including communication and sociology. Contains both scholarly and non-academic resources. Includes many articles in full text.

        JSTOR
        Full text of scholarly journals from most academic disciplines. Coverage is from the inception of the journal through three to five years ago.

        OmniFile (WilsonWeb)
        Multi-disciplinary database providing the complete content-indexing, abstracts, and full text-from six of Wilson's full-text databases, including Social Sciences Abstracts.

        NEWSPAPER DATABASES

        Alternative Press Index
        Indexes hundreds of alternative, radical and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines.

        LexisNexis Academic
        Deep archives of all major newspapers worldwide, plus many local U.S. papers.

            
           

          Getting the Full Text of Articles

          To get the full text of an article, consider the following options:

          - If you are in Encompass Search or a library database, look for "Check for Full Text buttons," "Access Online," or "Check eResources" buttons. These buttons will take you the full text of the article or tell you that the full text cannot be found. If the full text is not available from Trexler Library, look for buttons to request the item from another library via interlibrary loan. Or go directly to the interlibrary loan request forms.

          - If you have citation information for the article (i.e., journal title, article title, publication year, etc.), type the information about your article in Encompass Search on the library website. If the library subscribes to the full text, you will be directed to the article (see first bullet above). If not, you can request a copy of the article via interlibrary loan.

          - If Trexler Library does not have access to the full text of the article, search Google Scholar by article title to see if the author has made a copy freely available online. If not, you can request a copy of the article via interlibrary loan.

          Citing Your Sources

          • For information on APA Style, see:
            • APA Style (Trexler Library, Muhlenberg College)
              Examples of in-text and reference list citation formatting.
            • APA Style (Purdue Online Writing Lab)
              General orientation to APA Style, plus examples of paper and citation formatting.
            • APA Documentation Guide (University of Wisconsin)
              General orientation to APA Style, plus examples of paper and citation formatting.
          • Zotero
            "Free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources." Download instructions and help available on the site.
              

            Need Help with Your Research?

            Contact:

            Jen Jarson
            Social Sciences Reference Librarian
            phone: 484-664-3552
            email: jarson@muhlenberg.edu

                
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