English 305 : Library & Internet Resources

Resources Overview | Periodical Indexes/Databases | Locating Periodicals | Books | Facts, Opinions & Statistics | Internet | Critically Evaluating Sources | Citing Your Sources | Avoiding Plagiarism


Resources Overview

Periodical Indexes/Databases

Good Places to Start:

General Multi-Subject SimpleSearch
Allows you to search up to 10 Library periodical and reference resource databases using a common interface. Includes many databases that access scholarly journal articles, which will be indicated by peer reviewed in the results list.
Academic Search Elite (EBSCOHost) image of a scholar
Provides full text for nearly 1,850 periodicals, including more than 1,250 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for all 3,237 periodicals in the collection. This database offers information in nearly every area of academic study, including communication studies. Allows limiting search results to peer-reviewed scholarly journals.
Gale Power Search image of a scholar
Simultaneously access 11 Gale databases to locate magazine articles, academic journal articles, news, reference books, Web sites, and multimedia resources. Includes "Viewpoint" (pro/con) essays and topic overviews on controversial issues from Opposing Viewpoints in Context in the "books" results.

Also Recommended:

CQ Researcher
CQ Researcher full-text reports offer in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy. Each 12,000-word report is a unique work, investigated and written by a seasoned journalist, including sections on background and chronology; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key sources. Note: Since the reports are written by journalists, it is not considered a scholarly journal. Coverage is from 1991 to the present.
Ethnic NewsWatch (ProQuest) image of a scholar
Full text articles from more than 270 ethnic, minority and native press publications, including newspapers, magazines and journals, 1960 to present.
GenderWatch (ProQuest) image of a scholar
Contains unique and diverse publications that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas. With archival material dating back to 1970, GenderWatch is a repository of an important historical perspective on the evolution of both the women's movement and major changes in gender roles.
Opposing Viewpoints In Context (Gale)
Search or browse controversial issues. Features "viewpoint articles" (pro/con arguments), topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles; primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to web sites. Updated daily.
ProQuest Newspapers
Full text for 500+ U.S. and international news sources. Includes coverage of 150+ major U.S. newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune, plus hundreds of other news sources and news wires. Click the More Search Options link from the main search screen to reveal choices for limiting by Document Type, such as editorial, speech, and review.

Locating Periodicals

Books & Media

Books and media may be searched in the Library Catalog by author, title, Library of Congress Subject Heading, or keyword. For books not held by the Oviatt Library, request an Interlibrary Loan, but allow about 2 weeks.

Facts, Opinions & Statistics

The following web sites can lead you to facts, opinions, statistics, and background information to support your research.


In addition to the databases and Web sites listed above, the Internet can be a valuable source of information. However, remember to think critically about the authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency, and coverage of the information you find, and check with your instructor to see if you can use the Internet as a resource. In addition to Google, consider using other search engines:

Critically Evaluating Sources

In addition to the information retrieved from library databases and the Web sites listed above, the free Internet can be a valuable source of information, too. However, as is the case with all resources you use, remember to think critically about the authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency, and coverage of the information you find.

Citing Your Sources

Avoiding Plagiarism

Prepared by Katherine Dabbour, Communication Studies Librarian

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Last Updated: 23-Mar-2011