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FTS 100: Through the Looking Glass: Story-Telling through Animation

Fall 2008
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.

Personnel:
Professor: Michael Hvidsten hvidsten@gac.edu
Librarian: Anna Hulseberg ahulsebe@gac.edu


Table of Contents:

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.
  • Encyclopedia of Computer Science
    Covers hardware, computer systems, information and data, software, the mathematics of computing, theory of computation, methodologies, applications, and computing in general. An authoritative reference work for the field.
    • Location(s): Ref QA 76.15 .E48 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
Finding Books
Books are shelved according to the Library of Congress system.
  • MnPALS Plus
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://plus.mnpals.net/catalog/GAC

    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
    http://www.mnlinkgateway.org/zportal/zengine?VDXaction=ZSearchAdvanced

    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
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,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.
  • Communication & Mass Media Complete
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,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.
  • MLA International Bibliography
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=mzh

    The major research resource for information on English literature, foreign languages and linguistics. Includes references to scholarly articles, books, book chapters, book reviews, and dissertations; coverage dates back to the 1920's.
  • Web of Science (Web of Knowledge)
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://webofknowledge.com/http://webofknowledge.com/?DestApp=WOS&editions=SCI SSCI AHCI ISTP ISSHP

    The Science Citation Index Expanded, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). Besides indexing a wide range of journals in the sciences, social sciences, and history, this resource allows you to search for articles that cite a specific author or published work. Coverage from 1997 to the present. Click on the "Web of Science" tab to limit your search to one or more specific citation databases.
  • Scholarly vs. Popular vs. Trade
    http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/guides/spmaterials/

    Provides criteria for distinguishing between scholarly journals, popular magazine, and trade publications. From the North Carolina State University Libraries.
Finding Journals
  • Journal Locator
    http://gac.liblink.umn.edu/gac/az

    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.
Interlibrary Loan
http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/ill.html

We can order books and articles from other libraries if you need something we don't have.

Web Sites
  • Evaluating Web Sites
    http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/research/evaluating.html

    When doing research, we should evaluate all sources before using them in our work, but it is especially important to evaluate websites. Anyone can publish anything on the web, which means that we have to apply a critical eye to every web page to make sure it is a reliable source. Visit this page for criteria for evaluating web sites.
  • Google Scholar
    http://scholar.google.com

    This search engine points toward scholarly research rather than all Web-based sources. It is stronger in the sciences than in the humanities, with social sciences somewhere in between. One interesting feature of Google Scholar is that in includes a link to sources that cite a particular item. If you are using Google Scholar on campus, you will find articles available through the library's subscription databases linked. To view these links when searching off campus, use our Google Scholar Off Campus Link. Not all of the articles in Google Scholar are free; the library can obtain many of them for you through interlibrary loan.
  • ipl2: Information You Can Trust
    http://www.ipl.org/

    Formed by a merger of the Internet Public Library and the Librarians' Internet Index, this site seeks out quality websites in all subject areas and provides annotations. It's a good place to browse or search for hand-picked, high-quality websites on a topic of your choice.
Citing Your Sources
http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/Documentation.html

This page includes basic models for MLA, APA, and Chicago citations as well as a link to a more detailed online guide and sample papers. If you're confused about whether you should cite a source or not, take a look at this explanation of plagiarism from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).

Contacting Anna
I am happy to discuss your research questions with you. Contact me via e-mail at ahulsebe@gustavus.edu or call me at x7566.

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