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Researching News Media Ethics Research Topics Library Resources that will help!:  Researching News Media Ethics Research Topics Library Resources that will help! Debora Cheney Foster Communications Librarian Head, The News and Microforms Library Drop by Office Hours: E-Mail: Dcheney@psu.edu A Paper Topic:  A Paper Topic Most news media routinely with hold the names of victims of sex crimes. Examine the 2002 Calif. teenage rape victim case interviewed on national television Is the public interest served? What are the ethical implications of this policy? What is the rationale for such a policy? Websites and their Content: A Hierarchy of Reliability:  Websites and their Content: A Hierarchy of Reliability Most Reliable Least Reliable .gov .edu .org .com For more effective searching on your topic: :  For more effective searching on your topic: Use library databases that include newspaper, scholarly journal, and journalism trade publications that will allow you to locate relevant sources on your topic with a high level of reliablity. Begin your search at the Libraries’ home page: http://www.libraries.psu.edu Where to Start on the Libraries Home Page:  Where to Start on the Libraries Home Page Find Databases: By Subject --for lists of databases by subject Find Other Materials: Newspapers for lists of databases containing news content The “Big Three” Newspaper Databases: Try These First:  The “Big Three” Newspaper Databases: Try These First ProQuest National Newspapers Newsbank’s America’s Newspapers LexisNexis Academic The most frequently used: newspaper databases :  The most frequently used: newspaper databases Contain newspaper and other news content typically from the mid-1990’s to date—but it varies widely from newspaper-to-newspaper Many newspapers are only available in one database or the other Years included in the database can vary greatly Some databases only have selected content for some newspapers—others have full content Contain more complete content and free access as an alternative to newspaper sites on the Web. Where to find newspaper and other news content http://www.libraries.psu.edu/instruction/format/newspapers.htm:  Where to find newspaper and other news content http://www.libraries.psu.edu/instruction/format/newspapers.htm The Master List of databases containing news content A quick link to the 3 most frequently used newspaper databases Use NewsCat to determine which newspaper database to use For specific news sources…which database? Use: NewsCAT http://apps.libraries.psu.edu/fasttrack/index.cfm :  For specific news sources…which database? Use: NewsCAT http://apps.libraries.psu.edu/fasttrack/index.cfm Which database contains the Centre Daily Times?:  Which database contains the Centre Daily Times? Content provided by two different newspaper databases Years of coverage similar, but Full vs. Selected text makes a difference! Newsbank America’s Newspapers:  Newsbank America’s Newspapers Includes many McClatchy (formerly Knight-Ridder) newspapers including the: Centre Daily Times (1996-to date) Philadelphia Inquirer (1981-to date) LexisNexis Academic:  LexisNexis Academic ProQuest: Newspapers (National Newspapers Only):  ProQuest: Newspapers (National Newspapers Only) To Find: News (TV and Radio) Programming:  To Find: News (TV and Radio) Programming Transcripts and audio of news programming can be difficult to find. Try: Television News Archive (Vanderbilt) The “News Transcripts” news category in LexisNexis Academic Universe ProQuest Newspapers—(NPR, etc.) Television News Archive (Vanderbilt) available on the E-Resources List (A-Z): http://www.lias.psu.edu/alall.html:  Television News Archive (Vanderbilt) available on the E-Resources List (A-Z): http://www.lias.psu.edu/alall.html Transcripts of news programming from CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and many special reports back to 1989 Some recent CNN broadcasts can be viewed with RealAudio To compare Newspaper and News program coverage and content To locate specific news program coverage of specific events on major networks To locate for study the transcript of news report Articles and More: Find Articles by Subject: Communications and Media Studies http://www.lias.psu.edu/articles.html:  Articles and More: Find Articles by Subject: Communications and Media Studies http://www.lias.psu.edu/articles.html Locate databases By Subject: Communications and Media Studies CMMI (Communications & Mass Media Complete):  CMMI (Communications & Mass Media Complete) Enter Search terms Is the public interest served—”scholarly journal” viewpoints:  Is the public interest served—”scholarly journal” viewpoints Follow the GET IT! Link for full-text in paper or online Click on Full-Text Article CMMI: Why Use it?:  CMMI: Why Use it? Indexes articles in Scholarly and Trade Journals on every topic related to Mass Media Ethics Abstracts for summary of article content—review to ensure article is on topic Full-Text and GET IT! Links to Key Scholarly and Trade Journals Reference Lists to review for related articles—find related articles quickly and review article focus Slide20:  What is the rationale for such a policy? Try The CAT for books on your topic for more in depth discussion --http://www.libraries.psu.edu Citing the Information You Use :  Citing the Information You Use When using resources, it is always extremely important to cite the source of the information. Some excellent citation resources include: KnightCite @ http://webapps.calvin.edu/knightcite/ This tool automatically generates a citation! Available formats include MLA, APA and Chicago, multimedia and communication sources. Diana Hacker’s resources @ http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/ Contains citation guides for Humanities, Social Sciences, History, and the Sciences. For additional help, click on the 'sample papers' for real student papers that correctly cite and document their sources. For additional citation guides see Penn State University Libraries' Research Guides by Format @ http://www.libraries.psu.edu/instruction/format/citation When you can’t find information on your topic? :  When you can’t find information on your topic? ASK! for help at the News and Microforms Library Reference Desk (Ground Floor, Pattee, West) OR The Social Sciences Library Reference Desk (2nd Floor Paterno Library) Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of help!

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