MCOM 4302 (Dr. Enyonam Osei-Hwere): Media Ethics

Purpose: To acquaint you with materials in Cornette Library and on the World Wide Web that will make research for your assignment easier.

Reference Sources

History of the mass media in the United States : an encyclopedia
P92.U5 H55 1998
Brief section on ethics. Helpful primarily as an introductory source.
World Almanac
AY 67 .N5 W7 Ref.
Most recent edition at the Reference Desk. An annual publication. Contains lists of various sorts and brief information on a number of topics. Also available online.
Statistical Abstract of the United States
HA 202 .A2 Ref.
Most recent edition at the Reference Desk. Wide variety of statistics including employment, education, and economics. Also available online.

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Books

Cornette Library's online catalog
Includes books, government documents, videos, journal titles, etc. available throughout the Library. Suggested searches include:
  • a keyword search for your subject, such as media ethics.
  • the general LC subject heading Mass media--Moral and ethical aspects. .
  • the LC subject heading for a specific time and place such as Mass media--Moral and ethical aspects. United States.

To determine the most appropriate subject headings for your search, refer to the red Library of Congress Subject Headings near the Reference computers in the Library or search the online Library of Congress Authorities Catalog.

WorldCat
  • Online catalog for libraries around the world.
  • Lists Cornette Library books along with many more in other libraries.
  • Search by keyword, author, title, or subject.
  • Request books not in Cornette Library through the pre-filled Interlibrary loan form. Allow at least two weeks for the books to arrive.

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Journal, Magazine, & Newspaper Articles

Provide current information

How to Access Databases

Which database?

Academic Search Complete
Contains abstracts and citations for a broad range of topics, with substantial full-text. Over 3,000 peer-reviewed sources.
Business Source Complete
Abstracts and citations for a broad range of topics in areas of business, management, marketing, and economics, with substantial full-text/
Communications and Mass Media Complete
Emphasis on communications and mass media issues. Includes Journal of Mass Media Ethics from 1985-present (1 year embargo on full-text).

Other Useful Library Online Resources

Lexis Nexis Academic
Includes transcripts of major broadcast shows. Also newspapers around the globe.
infotrac Newsstand
Includes full-text of thousands of newspapers, U.S and other.

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Need Help?

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Evaluating Resources

All of these characteristics should be considered in evaluating any information source, whether it is a book; a magazine, newspaper or journal article; a government document; a web page; or an individual. Experience makes this process easier.

Authority

Goal: find information from knowledgeable sources.

Specificity/Relevance

Goal: find sources that specifically address your individual question.

Audience

Goal: find information for the audience to be addressed.

Accuracy

Goal: find accurate, reliable information.
A difficult judgment to make for a new subject. Part of the process will involve comparing one information source on the topic to others.

Currency

Goal: find information current enough to answer your research question.
Old sources can be fine for an historical question, but not for current events.

Objectivity

Goal: find sources to address all sides of an issue. May require multiple sources representing differing viewpoints.

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Government Documents

Cornette Library collects United States federal and Texas state documents on many topics.

Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications

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Web Sites

Web Guides

Scout Report Archives
Scholarly. Keyword or advanced search. Results listed by relevance.
INFOMINE Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
Scholarly. Keyword search or browse by general subject area. Can limit to free sites.
ipl2 - "Information You Can Trust" (merger of Internet Public Library and Librarians' Index to the Internet)
General public interest. Keyword search, or browse by general topic and subtopic.

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Citing Your Sources

Why must I cite the sources I use for research projects?

American Psychological Association (APA) Manual

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Your Comments

Thank you.

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