Finding Books

Research tips

1) Try different search strategies, key terms, and look at Subject Headings.

2) Let the research lead you: check the bibliographies.

Use Scotty, the Library's online catalog to identify books by topic, title or author OR
to identify if the Library owns particular journals. Scotty does not include articles.

Search by keyword for materials on a particular topic, then refine using Subject Headings.

Example: Keyword search ~ market* AND child*
Example: Keyword search ~ movies* AND Subject Headings: child*
Example: Subject Headings: motion pictures AND child*
Example: Subject Headings: television AND child* AND censorship
Example: Subject Headings: television AND child* AND government policy
Example: Subject Headings: television AND child* AND censorship
Example: Subject Headings: motion pictures AND child* AND censorship

Sample results:

Food marketing to children and youth [electronic resource] : threat or opportunity? / Committee on Food Marketing and the Diets of Children and Youth, Food and Nutrition Board, Board on Children, Youth, and Families ; J. Michael McGinnis, Jennifer Appleton Gootman, Vivica I. Kraak, editors Washington, DC : National Academies Press, c2006

Useful Online Resources

Research tips

3) Connect From Home Connect from Home Click here for instructions for connecting off campus.

4) Evaluate before copying or printing - Read the abstracts!

Reference Works

Print encyclopedias provide an overview of a topic and include bibliographies:

  • Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media
    Ref HQ784 .M3 E53 2007 
  • Violence in the Media  - Contemporary World Issues
    Ref PN1992.8  .V55 S55 2005 (Controversial Topics Shelves)


  • Multidatabase Search -  Search Academic Search Complete, Communication Mass Media Complete & Newspaper Source. Connect From Home
  • UCR Libraries Government Publication - Public Policy - Search CQ Research, Oppossing Viewpoints Research Center, and Pro & Con Online.  Connect From Home

    Research tips

    5) Some databases provide only citations and/or abstracts to articles in journals. Click on UC-eLinksto see if the article is available online or in the library. For print, you will need to write down the journal's call number.

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More Help

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Last modified: 2/19/2009 9:59 AM by M. Yonezawa

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