Library Resources and Services for MSTU 4016, The History of Communication

| October 12, 2016

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for Professor Ioana Literat’s Fall 2016 course MSTU 4016, The History of Communication. The resources, primarily electronic but also some print, have been selected to support the objectives of the course, i.e., “to introduce students tobanner2 the history of communication, while explicating the relationship between communication and sociocultural change.”  This guide also includes a section describing research consultation and assistance services and options for document retrieval and delivery available to all members of the Teachers College community.

Library Resources

Online Catalogs

Periodical Indexes

Federated Search Engines

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

E-Collections (Images, Text, Etc.)

Handbooks of Research

Reviews of Research

Citation Indexes

Digital Archives

Columbia University Libraries

Bibliography and Citation Management Programs

Library Services and Publications

All students, faculty, and researchers also have access to a number of important library services and publications provided to support and facilitate research and study in their particular programs and disciplines.



Online Catalogs

EDUCAT – The most definitive record of the holdings of the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, including books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds.

CLIO – A union catalog of Columbia University Libraries (exclusive of the libraries of Teachers College, the Columbia Law School, and Jewish Theological Seminary), providing the most definitive record of individual libraries’ holdings of books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds.

WorldCat – A union catalog of the contents of over 10,000 libraries worldwide, providing the means to do exhaustive searching by author, title, subject, and numerous other criteria and to find locations for specific items in libraries nearby and elsewhere.

Library of Congress Subject Headings are the official subject terms prescribed by the Library of Congress for the cataloging of books and are in use in essentially all academic libraries.  To find works pertaining to art, art education, and related topics,  it may be useful to use some of the subject terms listed below when searching the online catalogs of libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University, and other institutions.

  • Advertising — History
  • Cell phones — Social aspects
  • Communication
  • Communication and culture
  • Computer networks
  • Computers and civilization
  • Digital media
  • Information technology
  • Interpersonal relations — Technological innovations
  • Internet — Social aspects
  • Mass media
  • Mass media — Social aspects
  • Mass media and culture
  • Motion pictures — Social aspects
  • Multimedia systems
  • Oral tradition
  • Popular culture
  • Radio broadcasting
  • Reality television programs
  • Social media
  • Technology — Social aspects
  • Telecommunications
  • Television
  • Television broadcasting
  • Written communication

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Periodical Indexes

Academic Search Premier – A multidisciplinary database providing full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles.  PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals.  See also Academic Search Complete, a scholarly, multidisciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.  The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887.

Communication Abstracts – A comprehensive source of information about communication-related publications on a world-wide scale. Containing over 244,000 records, Communication Abstracts covers major journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study to create a research and reference resource that encompasses the breadth of communication discipline and depth encompasses the breadth of the communication discipline.

ERIC – Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to educational-related periodical literature, ERIC (which stands for Educational Resources Information Center) provides coverage of conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books, and monographs.  In addition to this version, made available via the ProQuest platform, ERIC is also accessible via the U.S. government ERIC site and through Ebsco ERIC.

Education Full Text – Provides comprehensive coverage of an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs, and yearbooks. Indexing coverage begins June 1983; abstracts are included beginning spring 1994; full text of some journals is available beginning in January 1996.

Education Index Retrospective – Provides cover-to-cover indexing for an international range of English-language periodicals and yearbooks; coverage from 1929 through mid-1983.

Film and Television Literature Index with Full Text – “Covers journal and magazine titles for film and television reviews, scholarly and critical analysis of cinema and television, and articles of popular interest about film and television.”

Professional Development Collection – Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high-quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. The database also contains more than 200 educational reports.

ProQuest – Provides broad multidisciplinary coverage of scholarly  journals, newspapers, dissertations, and other types of publications; for international coverage and access to full texts of dissertations only, search Digital Dissertations, a subset of ProQuest.

Social Sciences Full Text – Provides coverage of English-language journals across social science disciplines, with indexing from 1983, abstracting from 1984, and select access to full text from 1984 to the present.

SocINDEX with Full Text – Offers comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study.  The database contains full text for more than 860 journals dating back to 1908, more than 830 books and monographs, and over 16,800 conference papers.

Sociological Abstracts – Abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences, covering such major areas as culture and social structure, family and social welfare, history and theory of sociology, radical sociology, rural and urban sociology, and the sociology of the arts, business, and education.

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Federated Search Engines

Google Scholar – Provides the means to search for scholarly research across many disciplines and sources:   articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other web sites.

Quicksearch (via Columbia University Libraries) – To search the catalog, multiple periodical indexes, and other web resources simultaneously within a variety of subjects and disciplinary subcategories.

Super Search (via Gottesman Libraries) – To search some or all of our periodical indexes, plus EDUCAT and CLIO, simultaneously for books, journal articles, reports, dissertations, etc.

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Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Print Resources

History of the Mass Media in the United States:  An Encyclopedia (1998)

E-Resources

The Concise Encyclopedia of Communication – Presents key concepts and entries from the twelve-volume ICA International Encyclopedia of Communication (2008), condensing leading scholarship into a single online reference.

The Encyclopedia of Television – “Includes more than 1,000 original essays from more than 250 contributors and examines specific programs and people, historic moments and trends, major policy disputes and such topics as violence, tabloid television and the quiz show scandal.”

Encyclopedia of New Media – Describes itself as “an essential reference to communication and technology,” this work deals with such topics as “broadband, content filtering, cyberculture, cyberethics, digital divide, freenet, MP3, privacy, telemedicine, viruses, and wireless networks.”

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences – This key reference work comprises 4,000 articles, commissioned by 52 Section Editors, and includes 90,000 bibliographic references as well as comprehensive name and subject indexes.

Software Studies:  A Lexicon – A collection of brief essays on aspects of computer software (ranging from “Algorithm” to “Weird Languages”) and their implications for society.

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E-Collections (Text, Images, Sound, Etc.)

Alexander Street Press Databases – Themed collections of print documents, video, and recorded sound across disciplines; notable databases include 60 Minutes:  1997-2014, providing “streaming video access to the 60 Minutes news show archive for the third and fourth decades of this long-running show, plus segments from the CBS News program Sunday Morning”; Meet the Press, streaming videos of “broadcast-television’s longest-running program, with interviews, panels and debates from across the political spectrum . . . includes every surviving program from the show’s inception in 1947 through the present day”; The March of Time, “Time Inc.’s unique and controversial film series” shown in movie theaters and on television from 1935 through 1967″; and many other broadcast and print media archival resources.

Ebrary – Online books across a range of subject areas;  searchable, under All Subjects, by Science, Technology, and various sub-topics, and by author, title, and other criteria.

JSTOR – An online archive of over 1,200 leading scholarly journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.  Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous and related titles.

Media History Digital Library – Contains “digital scans of media periodicals and fan magazines from 1904 to 1963” . . . including “online access to the histories of cinema, broadcasting, and recorded sound.”

ProQuest Historical Newspapers – “Full-text and full-image articles from major American newspapers: Atlanta Constitution, Baltimore Sun (1837-1985), Boston Globe, Call and Post (1934-1991), Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor (1908-1997), Irish Times (1859-2009), Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003), Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001), San Francisco Chronicle (1865-1922), Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Scotsman (1817-1950) every page in PDF files.”

SAGE Knowledge – “A database of ebooks and reference books published by SAGE covering the social sciences and education, including such areas as African American Studies, Aged & Gerontology, Anthropology, Communication and Media Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Gender & Sexuality Studies, History, Politics, Psychology, Social Issues, Social Work & Social Policy, and Sociology.”

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Handbooks of Research

Print Resources

Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology (4th Edition, 2013)

E-Resources

Blackwell Reference Online – Provides full-text access to reference works in the social sciences and humanities; see research handbooks and companions in LinguisticsPsychology, and Sociology; notable works include A Companion to Film Theory and A Companion to Television.

Handbook of New Media:  Social Shaping and Social Consequences of ICTs – This updated (2006) version of an important print resource “sets out boundaries of new media research and scholarship and provides a definitive statement of the current state-of-the-art of the field.”

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Culture – This collection comprises 33 chapters, by various experts in the field, divided into seven parts:  Overview and historical background; ethnolinguistics; studies of language and culture; language, culture, and cognition; research on language and culture in related disciplines/sub-disciplines; language and culture in applied domains; and cultural linguistics:  past, present, and future directions.

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Reviews of Research

Annual Reviews – Reviews of topics in biomedical, physical, and social sciences published as annual journals; see series for Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, and many others.

Communication Research – “Peer-reviewed and published bi-monthly . . . publishes articles that explore the processes, antecedents, and consequences of communication in a broad range of societal systems.”

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Citation Indexes

Google Scholar – Provides the means to search by author or publication title, and indicates and provides links to works that have cited the documents retrieved.

Scopus – Abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize research.

Web of Science Comprising the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Science Citation Index Expanded, this database supports searching by topic, author, or publication name, and is also a major means for doing cited reference searching, to find articles that cite a person’s work.

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Digital Archives

Academic Commons – Columbia University’s online repository, where current faculty, students, and staff can deposit the results of their scholarly work and research.

Internet Archive – A non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies, and music, as well as 150 billion archived web pages.

PocketKnowledge – The social archive of Teachers College, including unpublished manuscripts and archives from the library’s collections, documents from other departments and administrative offices College-wide, and the work of TC students, faculty, and researchers.

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Columbia University Libraries

You will find a complete alphabetical listing of Columbia University libraries and centers by clicking on “Locations” on the top page of the Columbia University Libraries website.  You may want to explore the websites of individual Columbia libraries for descriptions of distinctive collections, subject and research guides, and other valuable information and resources readily available online.  See complete lists of databases pertaining to Journalism & Communications and to Music, Dance, Drama, and Film available through Columbia University Libraries; in addition, see research guides on Film & Television Studies and Journalism & News Research.

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Bibliography and Citation Management Programs

Citation Management Software – An extensive description of and guide to the use of BibDeskEndNoteMendeley, and Zotero, courtesy of Columbia University Libraries.

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Library Services and Publications

Ask a Librarian Services – To explore a variety of kinds of research support:  submit an email reference query to librarians onsite; request a research consultation with a Gottesman librarian; review frequently asked questions via the library’s Knowledge Database.

E-Reserves – Provides online access to digital course readings, including e-journal articles and book chapters, as well as call numbers for physical course reserves materials (books, DVDs, videos, etc.).

Document Delivery – The means to recommend items for purchase and/or to request from other libraries materials  (dissertations, book chapters, journal articles, etc.) not available through the Gottesman or Columbia University Libraries.

Learning at the Library – The Gottesman Libraries’ blog via the Pressible platform, including content in many topical areas contributed by library staff members.

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