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This guide is designed to assist students enrolled in Journalism courses with locating Library resources for their research paper assignments. The guide is organized into steps that cover the basic research process: identifying a topic, locating relevant sources, and citing sources used to write the paper. For general research assistance other than Journalism, view the links listed under Research Tools.
Subject keyword search terms related to Journalism include: Broadcast journalism • Editorials • Interviewing in journalism • Newspaper publishing • Online journalism• Photojournalism • Press • Press and politics •Reporters and reporting (Refer to the glossary in your textbook for other subject keywords.)
Books and other Library materials can be searched using the Online Catalog. Books for Journalism are categorized under sections PN 4699 - 5659 of the Library's collection. There are two categories of books in the Library: general and reference. General books can be checked out and are often used for more in-depth research. Reference books do not circulate but can be useful for acquiring an overview on a topic. Reference books are located on the upper floor of the Library and circulating books are in the "Stacks" on the lower floor.
Some selected titles available in the Library's collection include:
The 2018 Stylebook features about 200 new and updated entries, including the following:
Foreword -- About the AP -- What's new -- Key to stylebook entries -- Stylebook -- Punctuation -- Business -- Data journalism -- Polls and surveys -- AP social media guidelines -- Religion -- Sports -- Food -- Fashion -- Briefing on media law -- AP statement of news values and principles -- Broadcast -- Editing marks -- Bibliography -- Index.
Covering topics ranging from web filters to laws aimed at preventing the flow of information, this book explores freedom--and censorship--of the Internet and considers the advantages and disadvantages of policies at each end of the spectrum. *Available in print and e-book
This book tracks the history of news in ten countries over the course of four centuries. It evaluates the unexpected variety of ways in which information was transmitted in the premodern world as well as the impact of expanding news media on contemporary events and the lives of an ever-more-informed public.
As journalism becomes increasingly competitive, students and emerging professionals need a broader skillset to make themselves more employable, whether as mainstream or entrepreneurial journalists. This book provides comprehensive coverage of all the skills and practices needed to be a mobile journalist.
Reporting from Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, and Mexico, among other hotspots, the author finds journalists under threat from all sides. The result is a growing crisis in information--a shortage of the news we need to make sense of our globalized world and fight human rights abuses, manage conflict, and promote accountability.
The author takes twenty-five archetypal news stories and submits them to unusually intense analysis with a view to helping the reader navigate a news-soaked age. He raises such questions as why are disaster stories often so uplifting? What makes the love lives of celebrities so interesting? Why do we enjoy watching politicians being brought down?
The book provides an overview of newspapers during Colonial times through the early 1980s, and then turns to demonstrating how new communication technologies have changed the very nature of news writing and delivery.
This volume will explore news consumption and media manipulation, including selective curation of news stories and the lack of a shared news narrative. It will examine the effect of internet subcultures that manipulate news feeds, set agendas, and push ideas forward. *Available in print and e-book
The Library subscribes to online databases that provide access to full-text magazines, scholarly journals, and newspaper articles, and eBooks. Since databases are subscriptions that contain copyrighted written materials, off-campus access is password protected. To search from home you will first need to log in using your MyVVC credentials. The following databases are suggested for Journalism related research:
A multi-disciplinary database providing full-text articles for more than 6,600 magazines and scholarly journals, including full-text for nearly 6,000 peer-reviewed titles. In addition, it includes peer-reviewed full text for STEM research, as well as for the social sciences and humanities.
After typing a search term, use the “Select a Field” option to refine your search:
• Subject (searches subject terms within the database)
• Abstract (searches terms within the article abstract)
• All Text (search the entire article)
Under “Limit your results” check:
• "Full-Text" for full-text articles only
• "Scholarly Journals" for journal articles only
A weekly online publication that covers current and controversial issues. Complete summaries, discussion covering all sides of the issue, and annotated bibliographies are provided for each topic. Users are able to view the current issue, search past issues, or browse by topic, pro/con, and date.
Tip: Click the “Browse Reports” tab at the top of the homepage for a list of popular topics and pro/con issues.
Provides information on government, politics, and public policy surrounding Congress. Each issue contains an unbiased, objective summary of all Capitol Hill activity from the previous week. Useful search features include browsing by topic and article date.
Includes more than 860 full-text newspapers (including the New York Times), providing more than 35 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 857,000 television and radio news transcripts from CBS News, CNN, CNN International, NPR, etc.
Finding Web Sites
There are of course countless Web sites related to Journalism. Some recommended links are listed below:
All Sides exposes people to information and ideas from all sides of the political spectrum so they can better understand the world — and each other. Presents balanced news coverage, media bias ratings, civil dialogue opportunities, and technology platforms.
A national, daily, independent news program that provides easy access to diverse sources of news and information. The program broadcast on Pacifica, NPR, community, and college radio stations, etc. An A-Z Topic Index is located under the "Topics" button at the top of the homepage.
A nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.
The project employs a variety of empirical research methods to analyze whether people are getting the information they need for a functioning society. It publishes research on who is reporting the news and what new players are emerging. Useful sections include Topics and Journalism Organizations.
The Library maintains a collection of instructor reserve materials. These consist of textbooks, videos, and supplemental course materials that instructors have put in the Library for student use. To find what materials are available for Journalism, search Course Reserves in the Online Catalog. It is best to search by "Course Number" (ex. JOUR 108) in that an instructor other than yours may have placed an item on reserve. Materials can be requested at the Circulation counter and generally must be used in the Library on a two-hour loan period. Photocopy machines are available for 10¢ a copy.
The most common way to cite sources in Journalism is the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook. A copy of the stylebook is available in the Library Instructor Reserves collection under the call number: JOUR/Cromshow 01.