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Journalism, Current Events, and Political Science


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FIND AN ARTICLE: SEARCH THE LIBRARY’S DATABASES

These databases are either tailored to your subject or they provide coverage over a wide range of interdisciplinary topics. Before you start, you might take a look at some tips on searching databases.

  • Academic Search Premier: An interdisciplinary database that provides full text for nearly 4,600 journals, including more than 3,900 peer-reviewed titles
  • Newspaper Source: This database provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 U.S. and international newspapers. The database also contains selective full text for 389 regional U.S. newspapers. Full-text television & radio news transcripts are also provided.
  • Communications and Mass Media Collection:  Access to more than 250 journals focused on the communications field, including advertising and public relations, linguistics, and literature
  • InfoTrac Newsstand:  Offers a collection of more than 1,000 newspaper that provide national and local coverage

You also might try databases with articles written for students. These databases present both sides of the argument on controversial topics:

  • Issues and Controversies: Covers current social topics that inspire debate and controversy and offers information on both sides of the argument
  • Points of View: Offers overviews on a variety of current events and sets of opposing viewpoints on controversial subjects

FIND A BOOK: ONLINE OR IN THE LIBRARY

 

If you can't go the library's stacks, check out our collection of online reference books:

If you can visit the library, it's easy to browse our collection because we organize books by their subject:

Organizing Books By Subject
SUBJECT CALL NUMBER HEADING
Journalism PN
Political science (general) JA
Political theory JC
Public policy and administration (U.S.) JK
Local government JS
International law JZ
Law (U.S) KF

You also might try these reference books:

  • Political Handbook of the World: Presents overviews of the politics and culture of nations around the world and includes maps Ref JF 37 .P6 2012
  • CQ’s Politics in America 2012: Contains profiles of the members and activity of the 109th Congress, organized by state Ref JK 1012 .C63 2012
  • Congress and the Nation: An eleven-volume set that offers a chronological review of the government and US politics from 1965 to 2004 Ref KF 49 .C65
  • Historical Guide to the US Government: Presents alphabetical entries that detail the organization of the government and includes an index Ref JK 9 .H57 1998
  • The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court: Contains 1200 entries on the history and organization of the Court, including biographies on the Justices Ref KF 8742 .A35 093 2005
  • CultureGrams: a four-volume set, divided by geographical region, that provides overviews of the history, demographics, and culture of countries Ref GT 150 .C86 2010

FIND A WEBSITE: USE INTERNET RESOURCES WISELY

Although these websites are to be accurate information, you should still evaluate information found on the Internet.

  • Public Agenda: Provides research on public opinions and political activity on a variety of social issues
  • Internet Public Library: Online newspapers: Contains links to online newspapers from many different nations, organized by geographic location
  • FedStats: Presents governmental statistics, arranged in a topical list, and includes press releases from governmental agencies
  • CIA World FactBook: Contains governmental information on the countries of the world, including data on a nation’s geography, history, economics, and communications systems
  • Online Journalism Review: Provides articles on topics in journalism, how-to guides, a glossary, and current news releases
  • Real Clear Politics: Presented daily links to political articles published in national and international newspapers and also offers links to editorials, blogs, polls and videos
  • CNN: Provides national and international newstories, blogs, videos, and articles on contemporary politics as well as commentaries from a nationally known reporters and analysts
  • FactCheck.org: Provides information on the accuracy of statements made by politicos and is hosted by Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania

FIND A PRINT JOURNAL: READ THE LATEST ISSUES

The library subscribes to magazines and journals that are related to your field. Head to Tioga 2 and browse through some of these journals: 

  • Foreign Affairs
  • Time
  • National Review
  • The World
  • The New Republic
  • Current History
  • The Economist

CITATION GUIDES: CREATE A BIBLIOGRAPHY

Whether you use websites, electronic journals, reference books, or print resources, you will need a bibliography. Here’s some information on how to cite your sources:

  • Avoid inadvertent plagiarism: [PDF] It’s possible to copy from a source and not even know that you’ve done anything wrong.
  • KnightCite: This great site formats the bibliographic entry for you, and you can select the appropriate style (MLA, APA, Chicago).
  • Guide to the MLA style: [PDF] The MLA-style is generally used for papers written in the humanities.
  • Guide for the APA style: [PDF] The APA-style is generally used for papers written in the social sciences, especially psychology.

FIND MORE HELP: USE COLLEGE RESOURCES

Don’t hesitate to talk to a librarian, a tutor, or your instructor when conducting research. Make the most of these resources!


Published Jul 16, 2009 (Updated Apr 25, 2014)


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