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POL 244: Media and Politics

Spring 2010
Getting Started

This page contains a wide range of resources that you may find useful for your research. Although not every resource works equally as well for every topic, be sure to browse the entire list to gain a sense of resources available to you. As you get started, I recommend browsing a few reference books for an overview of possible topics, search terms, scope of the topic, etc. Try a few searches in our library catalog for books; although most of your topics will draw on very recent literature, you might find a few books that will help contextualize your topic. Read the descriptions of the article databases to find ones that will lead you to appropriate articles. As always, please stop by the Reference Desk to discuss any aspect of your research with a librarian. You are also welcome to contact me directly (jgilber2@gustavus.edu or x7552).

Personnel:
Julie Gilbert jgilber2@gac.edu
Kate Knutson knutson@gustavus.edu


Table of Contents:

Discipline & Course Specific Guides
For additional suggestions, visit the pages for Political Science and Communication Studies. While some of the information is duplicated here, you will find additional resources to help you explore your topic.

Consult the POL 200: Analyzing Politics course page for additional related resources, like public opinion data and statistical sources. Use the final page on this list to find additional information on statistical sources.
  • Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library Subject Guide for Political Science
    http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/libdata_pos/page.phtml?page_id=74

    Resources in the library and online for research related to political science and international relations. Includes a listing of subscribed print journals, book browsing tips, key print reference works, and recommended online databases and websites.
  • Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library Subject Guide for Communication Studies
    http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/libdata_pos/page.phtml?page_id=51

    Resources in the library and online for research related to communication studies. Includes a listing of subscribed print journals, book browsing tips, key print reference works, and recommended online databases and websites.
  • POL 200: Analyzing Politics Course Page
    http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/libdata_pos/page.phtml?page_id=41

    Especially useful if you are looking for public opinion data or other statistical sources.
Reference Books
Reference books are an excellent place to start your research. These specialized encyclopedias provide overviews of topics, giving you both a sense of the scope of the topic and good search terms! Some reference books also have suggestions for further reading; locate these books and articles to use as sources in your paper.
  • Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook
    Provides an industry overview, as well as directory.
    • Location(s): Ref HE 8689 .B77 2007
  • 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
  • LexisNexis Corporate Affiliations
    8 vols. New Providence, NJ: LexisNexis Group, 2007. Commonly known as "Who Owns Whom," LexisNexis Corporate Affiliations provides basic information (key officers, addresses, and products) on thousands of parent companies, their affiliates, subsidiaries, and divisions. U.S. and international; private and public companies are covered.
    • Location(s): Ref HG 4057 .A217 2010
  • Market Share Reporter
    A compilation of data extracted from periodical articles on top brands in given retail categories, top manufacturers and the largest companies in various sectors.
    • Location(s): Ref HF 5415 .M323 2011
Finding Books
For books in the Gustavus library, use the MnPALS catalog. Write down the call number and location information. Use the maps on the library's website, the tags on the sides of shelves, or stop at the Reference Desk to figure out where your book is shelved. To request books from other libraries, visit the Interlibrary Loan page for more information or use the FindIt! button in WorldCat.
  • 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 Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
  • WorldCat
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://newfirstsearch.oclc.org/autho=100096676/fsip?dbname=WorldCat&done=http://www.gustavus.edu/oncampus/academics/library/index.html

    Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at worldcat.org.
Finding Articles
Search for articles in any of these databases. If the full text is not available through the database, click on the yellow FindIt! button. The FindIt! button will search all other databases and our print copies to see if we have access to the article. An SFX screen will pop up, directing you to full text options. If you see an option for ILL, it means we will have to request the article from another library. Click the Go button next to the ILL option to be taken directly to the ILL form.
  • 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.
  • Annual Review of Political Science
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://arjournals.annualreviews.org/loi/polisci

    The Annual Review of Political Science contains critical reviews of the most significant primary research literature in the field of political science. The volume provides a useful and intelligent synthesis of the primary research literature in the discipline every year. Online access allows all volumes to be searched simultaneously.
  • Business Source Premier
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,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
    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.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic

    Search current news, business information (including business news and corporate financials), and legal news and information. International news sources are also included.
  • PapersFirst
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://firstsearch.oclc.org/fsip?dbname=PapersFirst&done=referer

    Index of papers presented at conferences worldwide. Covers every published congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received by The British Library Document Supply Centre. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • ProQuest Newsstand
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/newsstand?accountid=4806

    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).
  • SAGE Premier
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://online.sagepub.com

    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.
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Knowledge)
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://webofknowledge.com/?DestApp=WOS&editions=SSCI

    A multidisciplinary index with searchable author abstracts covering the journal literature of the social sciences, including anthropology, history, law, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, political science, public health, social work, sociology, urban studies, and women's studies. SSCI indexes more than 1,725 journals spanning 50 disciplines. In addition, it is possible to retrieve a list of works that have cited a specific author or specific work. May be searched simultaneously with Arts & Humanities Citation Index and/or Science Citation Index Expanded through the Web of Science interface.
Finding Company Information
  • Business Source Premier
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,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).
  • LexisNexis Academic
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic

    Click on the 'Business' link and search by company name.
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. SEC Filings and Forms (EDGAR)
    http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml

    A public database of reports on publicly held corporations, which are required by federal law to file reports on their activities with the SEC. Most reports filed from 1994 to the present are publicly available through EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval System) on this site. Information in these reports includes financial status, chief officers, stock information, company history, pending litigation that might have an economic impact on the company, and more. A brief tutorial for searching EDGAR is also provided.
Finding Industry Information
  • Use the following databases:
    • Business Source Premier
      http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,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
      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.
    • LexisNexis Academic
      http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic

      Search current news, business information (including business news and corporate financials), and legal news and information. International news sources are also included.
  • Encyclopedia of American Industries
    http://www.answers.com/library/US%20Industry%20Profile

    Provides a brief overview of the industry, details of its background and development, descriptions of current industry leaders, visual aids and a bibliography for recommended further reading. (From Answers.com)
  • Encyclopedia of Associations
    A comprehensive source of detailed information on over 135,000 nonprofit membership organizations.
    • Location(s): Ready Ref AS 22 .E5 2011
  • NAICS Codes - Free NAICS code lookup
    • 512110 - Motion Picture and Video Production
    • 512240 - Sound Recording Studios
    • 515112 - Radio Stations
    • 515120 - Television Broadcasting
    • 515210 - Cable and Other Subscription Programming
    • 518111 - Internet Service Providers
    • 532230 - Video Tape and Disc Rental
  • Data and Statistics
    • Ratings and Circulation Information
      http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/researchguides/communications/nielsen.html

      Links for finding Nielson ratings. (From the Penn State Libraries)
    • SNLKagen
      http://www.snl.com/media_comm/

      "Essential media and communications intelligence." A free trial is available.
Additional Resources
Use these pages to explore other library resources.
  • Citing Your Sources
    http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/Documentation.html

    Start here to find information on citing your sources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style.
  • Off-Campus Access
    http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/remoteaccess.html

    Instructions for accessing article databases from off campus.
  • Reference Desk
    http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/reference_question.html

    Hours for fall semester at the Reference Desk are: Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 12:00 - 8:00
  • Special thanks to Michelle Twait for creating the original course page for Media & Society, from which this page draws heavily.


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