Library Research on the Civil Rights Movement for Journalism Students

Reference Books | Finding Books | Finding Periodical Articles | Locating Periodicals | Internet | Citation Style Guides | Avoiding Plagiarism

Reference Books for Background Information

Finding Books: Check the Library Catalog

Finding Periodical Articles: Search Library Databases

Periodicals (magazines, newspapers, trade publications, and scholarly journals) are excellent sources of current and/or specific information for research projects. Often, they are considered primary sources for research.

Journalism Databases
Provides links to library databases for locating literature on journalism, mass media, and communications, including Communication and Mass Media Complete and Film and Television Literature Index. Allows a simultaneous "multisearch" of up to 10 library databases.
News + Current Issues Databases
Provides links to library databases for locating a variety of full-text news sources, both current and historical, including CountryWatch, Ethnic Newswatch, the Chicago Defender Historical, and the Times (London) Digital Archive (use for Great Britain). Also links to LexisNexis Academic, which contains full-text articles from 36 Irish news sources. Allows a simultaneous "multisearch" of up to 10 library databases, NOT including LexisNexis Academic.
General Multi-Subject Databases
Provides links to library databases for locating articles on almost any topic in a variety of magazines, scholarly journals, online reference books, and other sources. Allows a simultaneous "multisearch" of up to 10 library databases.
History Databases
Provides links to library databases for locating articles on historical topics in mostly scholarly journals, including America History and Life and Historical Abstracts (use for Irish history). Allows a simultaneous "multisearch" of up to 10 library databases.
Pan-African Studies Databases
Provides links to library databases for locating a variety of resources in Pan-African studies, including the Black Studies Center. Allows a simultaneous "multisearch" of up to 10 library databases.

Locating Periodicals

Internet

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.

Citation Style Guides

Avoiding Plagiarism

Prepared by Kathy Dabbour, Communication Studies & Journalism Librarian

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Last Updated: 10-Oct-2007