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COM 117: Interpersonal Communication

Spring 2012
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

Table of Contents:

Reference Works
  • General
    • Encyclopedia of Human Behavior
      An alphabetical collection of articles on a wide variety of topics, including such specifics as handedness and blushing, as well as broader concepts such as interpersonal communications and intelligence. Each provides an overview of the current knowledge base and provides references to research on the topic.
      • Location(s): Ref BF 31 .E53 2012, 3 vols.
    • Encyclopedia of Human Emotions
      A multidisciplinary approach to emotions such as anxiety, commitment, friendship, and hope, with additional entries on important theorists in the field.
      • Location(s): Ref BF 531 .E55 1999, 2 vols.
    • Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
      Offers scholarly approaches to basic human relationships and emotions such as envy, social isolation, and abusive and violent relationships. The bibliographies are useful for tracking down related research.
      • Location(s): Ref HM 1106 .E53 2009
    • Encyclopedia of Psychology
      An authoritative source of articles on topics, methods, findings, advances, and applications in the field. Each article is followed by a current bibliography of the key works on the topic.
      • Location(s): Ref BF 31 .E52 2000
    • Handbook of Psychology
      Offers in-depth coverage of current knowledge in the field. Each volume tackles a part of the discipline, including history, research methods, biological psychology, personality and social psychology, developmental, forensic, and clinical psychology. Intended for specialists, these volumes summarize the current accepted knowledge in the field.
      • Location(s): Ref BF 121 .H1955 2003, 12 vols.
    • Encyclopedia of Sociology
      This set provides up-to-date and scholarly discussions of topics in the field such as class and race, ethnicity, economic sociology, and social structure. Each article is written by a specialist and all have excellent bibliographies.
      • Location(s): Ref HM425 .E5 2000
    • International Encyclopedia of Communication
      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
  • Family Interaction
    • Encyclopedia of Aging
      Covers topics related to aging in brief articles.
      • Location(s): Ref HQ1061 .E53 2001
    • Encyclopedia of Family Life
      Offers articles on various topics concerning family issues. Articles define terms, and cover historical trends and events, health, people, laws, organizations, etc.
      • Location(s): Ref HQ534.E53 1999
    • Gale Encyclopedia of Childhood and Adolescence
      A thorough and comprehensive encyclopedia containing nearly 700 entries on the primary stages, key theories, and issues in child development, and definitions of terms and concepts related to the health care, education, and developmental psychology of children.
      • Location(s): Ref HQ 772 .G27 1998
    • International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family
      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
    • Parenthood in America: An Encyclopedia
      Based on the view that insights from psychology, sociology, and medicine can enhance our understanding of the history of the family, this two-volume encyclopedia focuses on psychological aspects of the parent-child relationship, parenthood, and child development. Sample topics covered in the encyclopedia are: abandonment, adoption, bilingualism, bullies and victims, circumcision, custody conflicts, dual-career families, stay-at-home fathers, foster parents, gay parents, gifted children, home schooling, incarcerated parents, literacy, night terrors, parenting styles, Jean Piaget, Sesame Street, shyness, spacing of children, Benjamin Spock, step families, television and children, twins and multiples, and domestic violence.
      • Location(s): Ref HQ755.8 .P3783 2000
  • Intimate Relationships / Gender
    • Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia
      Covers a wide range of approaches to the subject, with articles on individuals, pivotal events and movements, social processes, and the representation of gender in canonical and popular culture.
      • Location(s): Ref HQ 1090.3 .M436 2004
    • Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender
      Broad theoretical essays address issues of sex and gender at the personal and the social level; others examine issues of identity, status, class, ethnicity, race, and nation; of sexuality and the body; of social institutions and the structures of representation - all through the lens of gender.
      • Location(s): Ref HQ16 .E52 2007
    • Encyclopedia of Women and Gender: Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender
      Provides long, in-depth articles on topics on current research about the psychology of women and gender. Includes topics such as gender and achievement, aging, child care, and body image concerns.
      • Location(s): Ref HQ 1115 .E52 2001b
    • International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family
      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
  • Professional Relationships
    • Advertising Age Encyclopedia of Advertising
      Provides a thoroughly-illustrated guide to the history and nature of advertising, with histories of agencies, brands and markets, promenent people, and the theory, methodology, and practice of advertising. Includes surveys of advertising in regions around the world. 3 volumes.
      • Location(s): Ref HF 5803 .A38 2003)
    • Encyclopedia of Business and Finance
      Offers over 300 articles on accounting, economics, finance, information systems, ethics, management, and marketing, with a U.S. focus.
      • Location(s): Ref HF1001 .E466 2001
    • Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: Bestselling Guide to Doing Business in More Than 60 Countries
      Covers the protocols of appointments, business entertaining, greetings, forms of address, gestures, dress, and gifts in 60 nations.
      • Location(s): Ref HF 5389 .M67 2006
  • Cultural Influences
    • Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, and Society in the United States
      Covers Latinos in the United states in over 650 essays that tackle topics from baseball to Zorro, significant places, groups of people, event, and more. The fourth volume includes significant primary source documents.
      • Location(s): Ref E 184 .S75 E587 2005
    • Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History: the Black Experience in the Americas
      A wide-ranging encyclopedia covering people, places, events, concepts, and topics of all sorts. Articles are written by specialists and have useful bibliographies.
      • Location(s): Ref E 185 .E54 2006
    • Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture
      Provides background on a wide variety of topics, from architecture and city planning to ethnicity and ethnic identity; from food to film, from political culture to religion.
      • Location(s): Ref DS 779.23 .E53 2005
    • Encyclopedia of Contemporary French Culture
      Covers various facets of French culture including film, intellectual life, media, music, performing arts and politics. Provides brief biographies of major figures in French culture.
      • Location(s): Ref DC 33.7 .E53 1998
    • Encyclopedia of Contemporary German Culture
      Covers both "high" and popular culture and includes entries on various topics including architecture, art, film, mass media and publishing, and politics. A large number of entries are also dedicated to biographical sketches of writers.
      • Location(s): Ref DD290.26 .E53 1999
    • Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture
      This resource includes topics related to architecture, education, family, film, music, media, politics, sports, technology, etc.
      • Location(s): Ref DS 822.5 .E516 2002
    • Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Culture
      Spanish culture from 1975-1999, including the transition from military dictatorship to democracy. Essays related to film, education, the economy, language and literature, and politics are included, followed by brief bibliographies.
      • Location(s): Ref DP233.5. E63 1999
    • Encyclopedia of World Cultures
      Covers over 1500 culture groups, alphabetically arranged within regions. The information summarizes information on the distribution, belief systems, kinship structures, and history of the groups and provides selective bibliographies for further research. Consult the index to determine the appropriate name for a particular culture group.
      • Location(s): Ref GN 550 .E53 1991
Finding Articles
  • Annual Review of Psychology

    Offers review articles on topics in the field. These sort out the published research on a topic, discuss it, and provide references. A good overview of what's going on in the field for the topics covered.
    • Location(s): Current volumes online. Older volumes shelved at BF30.A5
  • Annual Review of Sociology

    Annual volume of review essays that examine an issue in depth and provide a review of relevant research.
  • Business Source Premier,uid&profile=bsi

    Full-text coverage to more than 2,800 scholarly journals and trade publications in business, economics, political science and public administration. Selected Datamonitor company reports and EIU country documents are also available. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • Communication & Mass Media Complete,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=ufh

    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.
  • NCJRS Abstracts Database

    This freely accessible database is maintained by the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, a "federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide." It includes abstracts (but not full text) of nearly 200,000 documents and journal articles relating to corrections, courts, crime prevention, criminology, drugs, juveniles, law enforcement, criminal justice statistics, technology, and victims.
  • PsycARTICLES,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=pdh

    Full text access to the 43 journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe & Huber, some going back to 1988. PsycARTICLES journals are indexed in the PsycINFO database.
  • PsycINFO,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=psyh

    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.
  • PubMed

    The primary source for scholarly information in the health sciences. This database is provided by the National Library of Medicine and indexes scholarly literature in medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. Many links to full text are included for articles older than six months. You may limit your search in a variety of ways, including searching only articles available free in full text.
  • 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 Articles in Newspapers or Popular Magazines
  • Academic Search Premier,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=aph

    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.
  • LexisNexis Academic

    Search current news, business information (including business news and corporate financials), and legal news and information. International news sources are also included.
  • 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).
Finding Copyright-Friendly Images
You will need to include visual aids in your presentation. These resources may help you find images that can help illustrate your talk - without having to worry about copyright limitations.
  • Flickr: Creative Commons

    User-uploaded images in Flickr that are available under a Creative Commons license for general use.
  • Flickr: The Commons

    This section of the popular photo-sharing site is populated with images from libraries and museums that have no known copyright restrictions. It's a great resource for historical images.

    Free high resolution digital stock photography for either corporate or public use. Use this site to find free image reference material for use in all creative pursuits.
  • WorldImages

    Though its emphasis is on the fine arts, you can search by keywords and browse portfolios of art that may be useful to illustrate a talk. Images may be freely used for non-profit educational purposes.
Other Library Resources
  • Annotated Bibliographies

    A handy guide with examples from the Purdue Online Writing Lab.
  • Citing Your Sources

    Find help with citing resources you use in your research.
  • Evaluating Web Sites (and other resources)

    Tips on how to recognize reliable sources by evaluating them based on authority, scope, currency, accuracy, and commercialism.
  • 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
  • Journal Locator
    Use this tool to search for the coverage dates for print and online journals. This should be your first stop when trying to track down specific articles (e.g. cited references).
  • Off-Campus Access

    Instructions for accessing article databases from off campus.
Contacting Michelle
I'm happy to meet with you at any time to chat about your research. I can suggest additional sources, advanced search techniques, and troubleshoot problems you may encounter. Email Michelle at or call x7563.

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