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FTS 100: Mediated Reality and the (re)Construction of the American Family

Fall 2011
The Research Process

Research is an adventure. It's open-ended, exploratory, surprising, frustrating, and full of blind alleys and interesting side trips. It doesn't have to be lonely. Compare notes with your colleagues and take advantage of the friendly people sitting at the reference desk. We love to help you find what you're looking for.

Librarian: Michelle Twait
Professor: Phillip Voight

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Reference Works
Reference works are helpful at two points in your research: when starting out (by offering overview articles of, say, a writer and her work) or when nailing down unfamiliar terms, concepts, and topics that turn up during your research. Many reference book articles are written by experts and offer not only information but excellent bibliographies for further research.
  • International Encyclopedia of Communication
    Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing 2008
    12 vols. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2008. A multidisciplinary compilation of essays on communication, ranging from human-computer interaction to art as a means of communication to communications theory. Each essay is followed by a bibliography of selected sources for further research.
    • Location(s): Ref P87.5 .I58 2008
  • International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family
    New York: Macmillan 2003 2nd ed. edition
    Surveys patterns in marriage and family life throughout the world, covering topics such as intimacy, intergenerational relations, family policy, gender, and sexuality, as well as coverage of family life in fifty countries.
    • Location(s): Ref HQ 9 .E52 2003
    4 vols.
  • Handbook of Contemporary Families
    Sage Publications 2004
    This handbook examines a diverse array of families and relationships in which people live, including chapters on alternative lifestyles, gay and lesbian relationships, economically distressed families, religion and families, racial and ethnic diversity, a feminist vision for families, older families, and the effect of computers and other technology on family relationships. Each chapter includes both a historical review and future speculation on the subjects covered.
    • Location(s): Ref HQ536 .H3185 2004
  • Encyclopedia of Television
    Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn 2004
    Provides scholarly coverage of a popular medium, with articles on programs (primarily in the US and UK), people, genres, and overviews of the development of television in different countries. 4 volumes.
    • Location(s): Ref PN1992.18 .E53 2004
Finding Books

Books are shelved according to the Library of Congress system.

  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All MnPALS Libraries" under "Library to Search" to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary loan. See our Guide to MnPALS for instructions. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic.
  • MnLink
    A shared catalog of Minnesota libraries, including the University of Minnesota. To search a large number of libraries at once, choose "Libraries - Academic" from the "Current Profile" list. Use the "Get it!" button to place Interlibrary Loan requests.
Finding Articles
Databases for articles and other materials offer references to publications that may or may not be in this library; some databases offer full text of articles and others simply citations. There are in-depth databases that cover publications in a particular field and others that are interdisciplinary. You can access databases from a drop-down list on the library's main page.
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
    1975-present; updated daily
  • Communication & Mass Media Complete
    Communication & Mass Media Complete (CMMC) originated with the merging of two databases in the fields of communication and mass media studies - CommSearch and Mass Media Articles Index. CMMC indexes around 600 journals and contains full text for over 240 titles.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Search current news, business information, and legal news and information. International news sources are also included.
    Coverage varies by title; mostly 1980s-present
  • ProQuest Newsstand
    Indexing and selected full text access to over 350 newspapers from around the world. Archival coverage begins in 1985 for some titles. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
    1986-present (most from 1995 on)
  • PsycINFO
    Citations and abstracts to articles from more than 1300 international journals in psychology and related fields, going back to 1840. This database covers all areas of psychology, including experimental, developmental, communications, social processes and issues, personality, physical and psychological disorders, professional issues, applied psychology, educational psychology, and behavioral literature in such related fields as law, business and medicine. Also includes citations for books and book chapters.
  • SAGE Premier
    Search the full text to over 500 scholarly journals published by SAGE in a range of disciplines, including many social sciences titles. Many journals include full backfiles - back to 1960s or earlier. To search articles by discipline, click on the "Browse" tab, then click on the "Articles by Discipline" tab.
Finding Journals
  • Journal Locator
    Find out if we subscribe to a particular journal, either online or in print. If the journal is not available in print or full text at Gustavus, you may request copies of articles through Interlibrary Loan.
Finding Videos
Websites: Below are selected websites that provide access to television programs. Specific networks (ABC, Bravo, NBC, etc.) may also provide access to videos through their websites. When using online video sites for your research, be mindful of streaming access expiration dates.

Library catalogs (MnPals and MnLink): You may limit your search of MnLink (Minnesota libraries catalog below) by format (for instance, format=DVD). If you hope to borrow a video from another library, place your Interlibrary Loan request as soon as possible, and have in mind other options for obtaining the video.
  • Hulu
    An online video service with content ranging from full episodes and clips of television programs to full-length movies. What videos are posted and how long they are available depends on streaming clearances granted by Hulu's content partners. You can view most of Hulu's content without signing up for a Hulu account, but you will need to create an account to take advantage of certain features of the service, including participating in Hulu discussion boards and viewing content intended for mature audiences.
  • Joost
    An online video service with content ranging from music videos to television to movies.
    This CBS Interactive site provides episodes of television programs.
  • YouTube
    Popular source for freely-available online video. Includes full episodes and excerpts of television programs.
  • MnPALS Audiovisual Collection
    To limit your MnPALS search to videos and DVDs in our Audiovisual Collection from the advanced search screen, limit your search to "Audio Visual" in the "Collection" drop-down box.
  • MnLink
    A shared catalog of Minnesota libraries, including the University of Minnesota. To search a large number of libraries at once, choose "Libraries - Academic" from the "Current Profile" list. Use the "Get it!" button to place Interlibrary Loan requests.
Web Sites
Below are selected reality TV fan websites. Please note that these are not scholarly sources. Additional Resources
  • Interlibrary Loan
    Materials not available at Gustavus may be borrowed from other libraries and sent here for you to use.
    • Location(s): Library - Main Floor
  • Citing Your Sources
    Learn how to cite your resources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. In addition to these online style guides, print style guides (and The Everyday Writer) are available both at the library reference desk and at the Writing Center (Confer 232). This page also includes links to RefWorks and EndNote Web.
Contacting Michelle
I am happy to discuss your research questions with you. Contact me via e-mail at or call me at x7563.

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