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Race & Representation

What is a Literature Review?

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

You may also consult:

Finding Background Information: Selected Reference Sources

COMMUNICATION / MEDIA STUDIES REFERENCE

RACE REFERENCE

EXAMPLES OF REFERENCE WORKS ON SPECIFIC GROUPS

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

SUBJECT SPECIFIC DATABASES: OTHER AREAS 

INTERDISCIPLINARY DATABASES

NEWSPAPER DATABASES

How do I get the full text of my article?

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.