Web Resources

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Reading, Recording, and Reviewing Research

Web Link 1: American Psychological Association

Description: Provides insights and resources on psychological aspects of human communication and on APA style.

Web Link 2: Voice of the Shuttle: Media Studies

Description: Provides annotated links to resources in media theory and theorists, media histories, TV, film/video, new media, popular music, journalism, radio, comics, telecom issues, consumerism and advertising, censorship, journals, and departments, programs, and professional associations (Alan Liu, University of California, Santa Barbara).

Web Link 3: Academic Serials in Communication

Description: Academic Serials in Communication—Unified System (ASCUS) is a not-for-profit, society-governed, full-text database of academic publications in communication. ASCUS is a collaboration between academics, societies, and publishers in which content is widely distributed at low cost.

Web Link 4: The Electronic Journal of Communication

Description: One of the first peer-reviewed and electronically distributed scholarly journals.

Web Link 5: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Description: This site shows the Library of Congress’ classification outline. Clicking on any category will show you potential search terms in that category.

Web Link 6: APA Style Resources

Description: The best scientific writing is spare and straightforward. It spotlights the ideas being presented, not the manner of presentation. Manuscript structure, word choice, punctuation, graphics, and references are all chosen to move the idea forward with a minimum of distraction and a maximum of precision. To achieve this clarity of communication, publishers have developed rules of style. These rules are designed to ensure clear and consistent presentation of written material.

Web Link 7: Chicago Style

Description: The Chicago Manual of Style has become the authoritative reference work for authors, editors, proofreaders, indexers, copywriters, designers, and publishers. This hundred-plus-year evolution has taken place under the ongoing stewardship of Chicago’s renowned editorial staff, aided by suggestions and requests from the Manual’s many readers.

Web Link 8: MLA Style

Description: MLA style for documentation is widely used in the humanities, especially in writing on language and literature. Generally simpler and more concise than other styles, MLA style features brief parenthetical citations in the text keyed to an alphabetical list of works cited that appears at the end of the work.

Evaluating Web Sites

Web Link 1: Cornell University “Evaluating Web Sites: Criteria and Tools”

Description: Olin and Uris Libraries house Cornell’s largest collection of resources in the humanities and social sciences including maps, DVDs, newspapers, and microfilms, as well as select engineering and physical sciences materials. In addition to our comprehensive collections, we offer a range of services to assist the Cornell community and visiting researchers in their research, teaching and learning.

Web Link 2: New Mexico State University (NMSU) Library “Evaluation Criteria”

Description: NMSU Library offers a program of hands-on instruction that promotes effective use of the library and other information resources. Library instruction gives students the skills to locate, use, and evaluate information. These skills lead to increased academic success, better papers, and higher quality research projects while reducing library anxiety and the incidence of plagiarism.

Web Link 3: Purdue University “Evaluating Print vs. Internet Sources”

Description: The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.

Citation Management Software

Web Link 1: EndNote

Description: Automatically formats in-text citations and end of paper reference lists with your chosen style.

Web Link 2: Mendeley

Description: Starting a research project can be overwhelming. Mendeley simplifies every step in the process, from search and discovery to reading and analysis.

Web Link 3: RefWorks

Description: RefWorks—an online research management, writing and collaboration tool—is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.

Web Link 4: Zotero

Description: Zotero is the only research tool that automatically senses content in your web browser, allowing you to add it to your personal library with a single click. Whether you're searching for a preprint on arXiv.org, a journal article from JSTOR, a news story from the New York Times, or a book from your university library catalog, Zotero has you covered with support for thousands of sites.

Journal Impact Sites

Web Link 1: Impact Factor Search

Description: An impact factor online search tool created for people to easily find journal impact factors. At present it includes impact factors, ISSN numbers, website links and other information of over 10000 journals in different fields.


Web Link 1: Code of Ethics of the American Library Association

Description: The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, providing association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users.

Founded on October 6, 1876 during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the mission of ALA is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

What Is Everybody Else Searching For?

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