Resources by Subject Communications Media & Journalism

Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources

For additional sources relating to media outlets, see the Current Events and News page.

Reference Sources (Background)

The following list gives some representative reference titles relating to communications media and journalism and is not exhaustive.

Credo Reference (full text; current)
Over 500 reference books and sets covering all subject areas.

Encyclopedia of Politics, the Media, and Popular Culture (2009)
Ref P95.82 .U6 C62 2009
Alphabetical entries for people, shows, and other terms. Also includes lengthy essays on related topics, with references.

Encyclopedia of Media and Politics (2007)
Ref P95.82 .U6 E47 2007
Alphabetical entries with references. Also includes a chronology.

Encyclopedia of Television (2004, 4 volumes)
Ref PN1992.18 .E53 2004
Lengthy signed articles on people, programs, terms, etc. with suggestions for further reading.

International Encyclopedia of Communication (1989, 4 volumes)
Ref P87.5 .I5 1989
Lengthy signed articles with bibliographies and illustrations on areas relating to communications, including history, journalism, advertising, and media.

The Television Industry: A Historical Dictionary (1991)
Ref PN1992.3.U5 S57 1991
Brief alphabetical entries, some with bibliographies or addresses. Includes a complete bibliography and name and program indices.

Webster's New World Dictionary of Media and Communications (1996)
Ref P87.5 .W45 1996
Brief entries on all topics related to communications, including journalism, history, advertising, and media.

Locating Books

Communications Media and Journalism are classified within P and PN in the Library of Congress Classification. You may also find books on media in H (Social Sciences) and J (Political Science).

P87–96 Communication and mass media
P95–95.6 Oral communication and speech
PN1990–1992.92 Broadcasting
PN1991–1991.9 Radio broadcasts
PN1992–1992.92 Television broadcasts

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)

Communication and Mass Media Complete (some full text; 1915 to present)
Interdisciplinary database of journal and trade articles and book chapters on communications, advertising, linguistics, mass media, and related fields.

LexisNexis Academic (full text; dates vary, most 1980 to present)
Includes international, national, and regional newspapers, newswires, transcripts of news programs, and business and legal information.

Newspaper Source Plus (some full text; 1985 to present)
Articles from over 500 US and international newspapers, as well as tv and radio news transcripts.

New York Times index (1851 to 1997)
Search the index by topic to identify articles published in the paper, then read the articles on microfilm. Located on built-in shelves near the microform readers on the first floor of the library.

Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text)
Articles from selected popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines.

Factiva (full text; 1968 to present)
Covers global news and business information, including newswires, newspapers, magazines, and company reports.

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.


AdViews: A Digital Archive of Vintage Television Commercials (Duke University)
Watch television commercials dating from the 1950s to 1980s, viewable in iTunes.

American Rhetoric (Michael E. Eidenmuller, University of Texas)
Includes audio, video, and/or transcripts of significant speeches from politics, current events, movies, and more.

iWatch News (Center for Public Integrity)
The Center's daily online publication, which produces in-depth reports of investigative journalism on topics related to public policy and current events.

Library of American Broadcasting (University of Maryland)
Companion site to the library collection. Search or browse by material type (books, films, scripts, etc.) for primary source materials.

Native Networks (National Museum of the American Indian)
Portal to resources on Native media, including video, radio, tv, etc. Includes interview with practitioners and information on films screened by the museum’s Film and Video Center.

New Media Landscape
Annotation and links to sites dedicated to New Media Journalism.

Newseum: The Interactive Museum of News
Includes full front pages of today’s American and international newspapers, with archives of front pages from dates of  historical significance, starting with September 12, 2001.

Searchable and browseable press releases from universities, government agencies, nonprofits, etc. focusing on science, medicine, business, and the economy.

Pew Research Center
Survey reports, datasets, and more relating to politics, public attitudes, and related issues. Seven Projects conduct the research.

ProPublica: Journalism in the Public Interest
Nonprofit online “newsroom” of investigative journalists. Posts stories in the categories of Business, Health & Science, National Security, Government & Politics, Justice, Media & Technology, and Energy & Environment.

Society of Professional Journalists
Professional organization website. Includes code of ethics, discussion boards, and other resources.

Vanderbilt Television News Archive
Find abstracts for network news broadcasts since 1968 and other special broadcasts such as presidential news conferences. Free registration required.

Voice of America
What the US government broadcasts to a foreign radio audience. Searchable with pages on topics such as Regions, American Life, New Analysis, etc.

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Is it POPULAR or is it SCHOLARLY? (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, 2nd printing, 2010.
Reference Desk (second copy on Reference Table on 2nd floor at top of center stairs)
***PLEASE NOTE: There are serious errors with the first printing of the manual. Make sure you only use the 2nd printing.

Citing in APA Style

Citing Full-Text from Library Databases (R-MC)

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles.

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