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MASS COMM Useful to thing about research in terms of materials types or genres The range of research materials available: --Monographs – including works by single and multiple authors (including contributed essays and chapters within single books) --Monographic Series (separate titles under uniform series title) --Government Documents and Reports --Disserations and Theses --Conference Proceedings --Media: produced works (documentaries) – analagous in some ways to monographs --Primary Source Materials: --diaries --manuscripts --contemporaneous books and journals and newspapers --oral histories --MEDIA: feature films, primary footage or recordings, ads, broadcast media, etc. --Journal literature: from pop to scholarly --Newspapers: from national to local to highly specialized (eg ethnic news) --Sundry Internet information: The good, the weird, and the incredibly unreliable. Research Strategies and Research Realities Some topics difficult or extremely complex to search in ANY type of literature: require a combination of secondary lit background and primary source materials or original research. Some topics—either by virtue of their focus, their newness, their complexity, or downright strangeness-- are grist for books or at least doctoral dissertations rather than single-shot research papers: i.e. they’d require a lot of intense, original research. Berkeley is BIG, but it doesn’t have everything in the world… Effective prelim research often quickly reveals which topics are best put on the backburner or at least re-jiggered. If a narrow search doesn’t cut it, GO LONG and WIDE: If a specific subject term doesn’t yield anything: use synonyms, related terms THE JOYS OF KEYWORD SEARCHING BOOKS: the big picture JOURNALS: often the narrow picture / contemporary research or news CATALOGS MELVYL/CDL Cat --UC Systemwide catalog of holdings --Gateway to growing collection of external journal and fulltext dbs --Includes circ data for some libraries (incl UCB) GLADIS/PATHFINDER --UCB holdings of books and journals --NOT a journal index: use it to find a journal, not the contents of the journal --Some links to full-text --Circ and copy-specific info PATHFINDER: Books! Best for historical rather than very contemporary coverage. Quick Search (good for known items) Full Search (good for more complex or involved searching…instances where it’s useful to put limits on the search universe) --Fan* (Subject phrase): O HITS (EXPLAIN DIF BET KW AND PHRASE) --Fandom: AS TITLE KEYWORD --Look at subject headings: FANS PERSONS --CHILDREN AND ADVERTISING (Subject phrase): --Look at subject headings: FANS PERSONS --SHOW AVAILABILITY --SHOW: --SAVE --SHOW SAVED LIST --EMAIL SHOW MEDIA LIMITS/DATE LIMITS --TELEVISION (subject keyword) --CHILDREN (subject keyword) --SET FORM VIDEO STRATEGY: eg Adultery in Film: There ARE NO BOOKS SPECIFICALLY ON THIS SUBJECT, BUT there are a zillion on women’s studies; on sex in film; on the family in film CDL CAT EXPL MAGS, NEWS, other DBs POWER SEARCH (versus other modes) MAGS ---INTERNET FANS (keyword) ---Howell, Amanda The X-Files, X-philes and X-philia: internet fandom as a site of convergence. Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy, n97 (Nov, 2000):137 (12 pages). ---LOOK AT LONG FORM: ---SUBJECT HEADS ---LOOK AT ABSTRACTS --SHOW PRINT ACCESS INTERNET and WOMEN (keyword) --Look at: Internet.(Brief Article) Marketing to Women: Addressing Women and Women's ensibilities v13, n12 (Dec, 2000):3. --ONLINE TEXT OTHER CDL DBS that MIGHT BE USEFUL (and which use the same interface) --NEWSPAPER: LIEBERMAN (for local news use NEWSBANK via LIB) --MLA --ABI INFORM (business aspects of advertising) UCB LIBRARY-SPONSORED DBS From UCB Lib Home Page (exp PROXY server): Electronic Indexes and Abstracts America: History and Life Arts & Humanities Citation Index Social Sciences Index Proquest – general news and info journals/newspapers Some full text (EG: GUSTER) Lexis/Nexis (Academic Universe): excellent for current news/law/legislation: Some full text Sociological Abstracts Psych Abstracts: DUNGEONS and DRAGONS (cf same search in MAGS) MUSE? Full text of over 40 scholarly journals in the humanities, the social sciences, and mathematics JSTORE? JSTOR is a full text archive of interdisciplinary scholarly journal literature.
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