Course Research Pages

MCM 151: Media & Society

Finding Background Information

Credo Reference - Articles and images from reference books in most subjects. Great for background information and definitions.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - A collection of online reference books on a wide array of subjects; very good for background information.

Sample Subject Headings for Finding Books

You can also search the library catalog by keyword.

Research & Reference Online Databases

CQ Researcher- Weekly reports on current and controversial issues, including media issues. Be sure to explore the bibliographies and contacts links

EBSCO - Find full-text Journal and magazine articles and abstracts on many subjects.

Lexis Nexis Academic - Articles from news sources worldwide.

PsycArticles - The place to look for full-text articles in psychology publications.

The New York Times - A good place to search for news articles; searching for editorials or opinion pieces can be useful for debate topics.

Selected Web Sites for Researching the Media

The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Conducts and disseminates research and convenes roundtable discussions that highlight important questions about the intersection of media, communication, and public policy. See "Information & Society" and "Media & Children" under Research Areas.

Arbitron provides access to media ratings data as well as selected free reports. Choose an area (e.g., Radio Stations, Television Services) and then "Free Studies & Reports."

Electronic Frontier Foundation
A non-profit organization working to protect digital rights.

FAIR: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
A progressive group monitoring fairness in reporting in the media.

International Journal of Communication
An online, multi-media journal, with free access to scholarly articles.

Nielsen Media Research
Useful for ratings on media use and ownership. Also see "Reports & Downloads."

Pew Research Center
An important independent organization that "provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world," through opinion polling and social science research. Very useful for the study of media. Some of its projects include the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, the Project for Excellence in Journalism, and the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
Contains information on both sides of popular debate topics.

Readership Institute
A division of the Media Management Center at Northwestern University, focusing on research on the newspaper industry.
Search here for information on television shows, including details about episodes.

University of Iowa Communication Studies Resources
A comprehensive list of various media web resources put together by the University of Iowa's Communication Studies Department.

Page Last Updated: March 25 2013

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