Using Catalogs: Use the WSU online catalog to find the
location and availability of books and other media in Stewart Library.
Also use the catalog to determine whether or not the library subscribes
to a particular journal or magazine in paper format. Some, but not
all, of the magazines and journals which we have available electronically
are listed in the catalog.
If we do not own a particular book or article you need, we will
borrow it for you from another library through Interlibrary
Reference resources include encyclopedias, dictionaries and
other materials you "refer" to rather than reading cover
to cover. Use these resources for background information on a topic.
Some print reference resources useful for Communication students include:
- Encyclopedia of Communication and Information Reference
P 87.5 .E53 2002
- History of the Mass Media in the United States Reference
P 92 .U5H55 1998
- International Encyclopedia of Communications Reference
P 87.5 .I5 1989
- Keyguide to Information Sources in Media Ethics Reference
P 94 .M22 1998
Reference resources which
are available online include:
Use article databases to find articles on your topic.
Databases are arranged by broad subject categories. Search
by subject or keyword in these databases. See Research Tips (below)
for suggestions on effective search strategies. Some databases
include the full-text of articles, just as they appeared in print.
- Use the library
catalog to see if we own a particular journal in paper copy
- Use Ejournals
to see if the library subscribes to a particular journal in
electronic format or paper copy (print holdings)
- Use Interlibrary Loan
to get copies of articles from journals unavailable in print
NOTE: Off-campus access to article databases listed in this guide is limited to WSU students,
staff, and faculty. Login with your WSU username and password when
prompted. If you have questions, chat with us online. Just click
on the Live Assistance button at the top right of this page. Or
call the Reference Desk 626-6415 or toll free 1-877-306-3140
databases are good starting places. Be sure to check for other databases in your subject area: for example, if you're doing a paper on dialects in America, check out the big English database. If you're interested in business communications, check out our business databases.
- Ethnic & Gender News
Cross search the Ethnic and Gender Newswatch Databases
- LexisNexis Academic
Fulltext coverage of many news, legal, and business resources. Dates of coverage vary, many update daily.
- Newspaper Source
Provides full-text for 128 regional U.S. newspapers, fifteen international newspapers, six newswires, and nine newspaper columns, The Christian Science Monitor and The Los Angeles Times, for a total of 160 full text newspapers and other sources.
- Proquest Newspapers
Full-text of 300+ U.S. and international news sources, including the Wall Street Journal.
- Utah Digital Newspapers
Digital versions of local Utah newspapers. Coverage varies with paper, but ranges from the late 19th through the mid-20th centuries.
- Wall Street Journal
Full-text access to the premier financial newspaper
- Google News Archive Search - a handy way to search news archives from multiple sources. Some are free, others are fee based. Fee based articles may be available through other databases or via ILL. Also provides a nifty timeline. Good way to track changes over time. Some coverage may go back several hundred years.
to know if a particular journal, magazine, or newspaper is available
online with full text?
Search for EJournals
from the library's home page.
sites are of special interest to journalism students.
- American Communication
Association Contains links to information of interest
to all in the field of communications, such as freedom of speech
and information issues, telecommunications issues, and guides
to information in many communications subfields.
- The Electronic Journalist
Lots of useful information from the Society of Professional Journalists
- MegaSources Compiled by Dean Tudor, Emeritus Professor at the Ryerson Polytechnic University (Canada) School of Journalism. Despite emphasis on Canadian sources, very useful for U.S. reporters as well. Subjects covered include finding experts, a list of "best on the net" resources, online reference help, search engines, etc.
- Power Reporting
Lots of great links here, including top 100 Web sites for
journalists. Use their Tutorial on Web Searching to improve your
web searching techniques
- Poynter.org Their
tagline is "Everything you need to be a better journalist"
Useful web links for journalists. Clcik on Finding Data on the
right of the page
- Use the Stewart Library's
Research Tips guide
- Clearly identify your information need
- Identify key words and search
terms to match your topic
- Develop search statements using advanced
- Boolean logic, adjacency searching and truncation
- Use the Online
catalog to find books
- Use article databases
to find journal articles
- If articles are not full text, search Ejournals
to see if a particular journal is full text in another database
- If a journal is not available full text online, check the online
catalog to see if the journal is owned by Stewart Library in paper
copy. Materials are arranged by their call numbers.
- Use Interlibrary loan
to get materials that are not available through Stewart Library
evaluate the information you find for usefulness and quality
- Revise your search terms and strategy to expand or narrow your
- Use appropriate style to document
and cite research
- Ask for HELP
, via phone, chat, or email.