Keyword search finds words in Title and Contents. Subject search does not.
Finding research on a theory Use References listed in textbook Search by author’s last name in EBSCOhost or FirstSearch databases (if name is relatively unique) Use new database Communication & Mass Media Complete, which replaces CommSearch Browse, explore the literature in communication journals for a likely topic/theory Find websites for background info (use Library’s Major Topics: Communication page)
Brainstorming for keywords Use a thesaurus Use database specific thesauri (available in some databases) Find one article that’s on your topic, and look through it for short phrases and words that are repeated, in the descriptor field, etc.
Getting Articles in Journals If article entry in database has a link to “HTML Full Text” or “PDF Full Text”, clicking on the link will bring up the article. You can then print or save it. If there is no link for Full Text, look for a message stating “KEENE STATE COL” or “KSC’s Mason Library subscribes to this title.” Your next step is to find the call number for the periodical, retrieve it from the shelf, and make a photocopy of it.
Call numbers for journal titles are found in 3 places: 1. In Keene-Link, the online catalog. Search by Title:
Using InterLibrary Loan 1.Use links to “Request article” in EBSCOhost databases. 2.Use links for “ILL” in Firstsearch Databases. 3.Use Interlibrary Loan links for KSC patrons on Keene-Link main page. 4. Fill out paper forms in Library, at Reference Desk.
Articles unavailable elsewhere (in the library or online) can be requested through InterLibrary Loan.
Kept at the Reference Desk, Call number is BF76.7.P83 2001
How to prepare for asking for help from librarians. Look through textbook, communication journals for topic, theory, references Read through Library handout, “Information Sources for Communication” View this PowerPoint, located on the web at www.keene.edu/library/comm175.ppt Brainstorm for keywords; write them down Use EBSCOhost’s Academic Search Premier, and Communication & Mass Media Complete to find one good article on topic Bring the article and written keywords to Reference Desk during Reference hours