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COM 235: Media and Society

Spring 2012
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.

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Librarian: Michelle Twait mtwait@gac.edu
Professor: Martin Lang mlang3@gustavus.edu


Table of Contents:

The Highlights
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  • Helpful Web Sites
    • Interlocking Directorates
      http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=2870

      From FAIR, a list of corporate connections among board members of major media corporations.
    • MediaTracker
      http://projects.publicintegrity.org/telecom/

      From the Center for Public Integrity, this site allows users to map local media outlets and find out who owns them.
    • Ownership Chart: The Big 6
      http://www.freepress.net/ownership/chart/main?gclid=CKWC0YychqACFQMeDQod-EfGxA

      From Freepress.net, an organization whose mission is "working to make media reform a bona fide political issue in America," offers a chart of properties owned by six major media corporations. Some of the information is a couple of years old.
    • Who Owns What
      http://www.cjr.org/resources/

      From the Columbia Journalism Review, this database shows what companies are owned by major media corporations.
  • Recommended 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.
    • 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.
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
  • Ward's Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies
    Listings organized by NAICS code; ranks public and private companies by revenues/sales.
    • Location(s): Ref HG 4057 .A574 2009
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.

* Sample subject headings:

  • broadcasting
  • cable television
  • public broadcasting
  • radio broadcasting
  • television broadcasting
  • motion picture industry
  • music trade
  • sound recordings industry
  • video recordings industry
  • mass media
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Journals and Magazines of Interest
  • Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
    Gustavus has an active subscription to this journal - look in the basement for current and back issues (back to 1995).
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

    Search current news, business information (including business news and corporate financials), and legal news and information. International news sources are also included.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Current Industrial Reports
    http://www.census.gov/manufacturing/cir/index.html

    Monthly, quarterly, and annual measures of industrial activity.
  • 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 Code - Free NAICS Code Search
    • 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
Trade Organizations Consumer Organizations
  • Creative Commons
    http://creativecommons.org/

    An organization that encourages creators to share materials by reserving some (but not all) rights. "We work to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in �the commons� � the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing."
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
    http://www.eff.org/

    An organization advocating for civil liberties and consumer rights in electronic media. "From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990 � well before the Internet was on most people's radar � and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights."
  • FAIR: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
    http://www.fair.org/index.php

    According to the website, " FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. We work to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints. As an anti-censorship organization, we expose neglected news stories and defend working journalists when they are muzzled. As a progressive group, FAIR believes that structural reform is ultimately needed to break up the dominant media conglomerates, establish independent public broadcasting and promote strong non-profit sources of information."
  • Journalism.org: Project for Excellence in Journalism - Understanding News in the Information Age
    http://www.journalism.org/

    The Project for Excellence in Journalism is a research organization that specializes in using empirical methods to evaluate and study the performance of the press. It is non partisan, non ideological and non political. News about the news industry, information for working journalists, background on issues of concern to journalists, and a detailed survey of the state of the news media, including print, broadcast, cable news, magazines, local TV, alternative media, and online news sources. PEJ's broadened research agenda will include a new series of continuing content studies of the news agenda, plus tracking of key industry trends, and timely commentary and analysis of that trend data. At the same time, PEJ will also continue its existing research, including publishing the State of the News Media, an annual report on American journalism, conducting "opportunistic" content studies on press performance of key events, offering occasional analysis of press behavior and publishing the Daily Briefing, a digest of media news.
Additional Resources
  • Citing Your Sources
    http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/Documentation.html

    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.
  • Evaluating Web Sites (and other resources)
    http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/research/evaluating.html

    Tips on how to recognize reliable sources by evaluating them based on authority, scope, currency, accuracy, and commercialism.
  • Off-Campus Access
    http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/remoteaccess.html

    Instructions for accessing article databases from off-campus. No matter where you are, as long as you have access to an Internet connection and you can get to our library website, you can use most of our online databases.
  • Reference Desk
    http://gustavus.edu/library/reference_question.html

    Need additional assistance? Stop by the reference desk. Librarians can point you to the best resources for your research project.

    During the academic year, the reference desk is staffed six days a week except during holidays and breaks. When classes are in session, reference librarians are available at the following times:
    Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 2:00 - 10:00.

    You can also e-mail a librarian (folke@gustavus.edu) or IM/Chat with a librarian.



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