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Christmas in Communication

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: December 20, 2010
  • Filed Under: Featured resource

Wondering what communication scholars are thinking of during the Christmas season?  Here is a selection of articles found through searches of Communication & Mass Media Complete, Communication Abstracts, and Film & Television Index.


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Campbell, W.J. (2005).  The grudging emergence of American journalism’s classic editorial: new details about “Is There a Santa Claus?”American Journalism, 22(2), 41-61.

Clarke, P. (2007).  A measure for Christmas SpiritJournal of Consumer Marketing, 24(1), 8-17.

Kimura, J. & Belk, R. W. (2005).  Christmas in Japan: globalization verus localizationConsumption, Markets & Culture, 8(3), 325-338.

Krider, R.E. & Weinberg, C.B. (1998).  Competitive dynamics and the introduction of new products: the motion picutre timing gameJournal of Marketing Research, 35(1), 1-15.

Nathanson, P. (1993).  You can’t go home again…or can you? Reflections on the symbolism of TV families at ChristmastimeJournal of Popular Culture, 27(2), 149-161.

O’Cass, A. & Clarke, P. (2002).  Dear Santa, do you have my brand? A study of the brand requests, awareness and request styles at Christmas timeJournal of Consumer Behaviour, 2(1), 37-53.

Pawlowski, D.R., Thilborger, C. & Cieloha-Meekins, J. (2001).  Prisons, old cars, and Christmas trees: a metaphoric analysis of familial communicationCommunication Studies, 52(3), 180-197.

Ray, G., Maguire, K. & Poulsen, S. (2007).  Constructing and performing family identity: an analysis of American holiday lettersConference Papers — International Communication Association, 1.

Turner, L.J. (2005).  Elmo’s story: a ticklish media creationPublic Relations Review, 31(2), 297-299.

Tuten, T.L. & Kiecker, P. (2009).  The perfect gift card: an exploration of teenagers’ gift card associationsPsychology & Marketing, 26(1), 67-90.

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Kristyna Carroll
Research Support Librarian


New Books!

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: December 13, 2010
  • Filed Under: New Books

December orders are beginning to arrive in the library.  This month’s selections include a number of great DVD selections.

Here’s the highlight reel:

personalconnectionsPersonal Connections in the Digital Age
by NancyK. Baym
Cambridge Polity Press, 2010

journalismethicsJournalism Ethics: a philosophical approach
edited by Christopher Meyers
Oxford University Press, 2010

lossinnocenceA loss of innocence?: television and Irish society, 1960-72
by Robert J. Savage
Manchester University Press, 2010

femaleleadershipThe Language of Female Leadership
by Judith Baxter
Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

Featured DVDs

ranasweddingRana’s Wedding
a film by Hany Abu-Assad
Rana wakes up one morning to an ultimatum delivered by her father: she must either choose a husband from a preselected list of men, or she must leave Palestine for Egypt with her father by 4:00 that afternoon. With ten hours to find her boyfriend in occupied Jerusalem, she sneaks out of her father’s house at daybreak to find her forbidden love Khalil.

thegardenThe Garden
a film by Scott Hamilton Kennedy
From the ashes of the L.A. riots arose a lush, 14-acre community garden, the largest of its kind in the United States. Now bulldozers threaten its future.

powwow-highwayPow Wow Highway
directed by Jonathan Wacks
Buddy Red Bow is struggling, in the face of persecution, by greedy developers and political in-fighting, to keep his nation on a Montana Cheyenne Reservation financially solvent and independent.

bus174Bus 174
directed by Jose Padilha
Documentary depicts what happened in Rio de Janeiro on June 12th 2000, when bus 174 was taken by an armed young man, threatening to shoot all the passengers.


Kristyna Carroll
Research Support Librarian


Help for Citing Your Sources

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: December 5, 2010
  • Filed Under: Featured resource

Finished your final papers but not your bibliographies?  Not sure how to cite a website or a book chapter?  The library can help!

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Tools like Refworks are great for storing articles and other resources in a single, organized space, and they’ll even create a bibliography for you!  If you have been exporting articles to Refworks, then automatically creating a bibliography is easy.  Take a look at their great tutorials for help, or contact a librarian.

Although having a computer program write your bibliography may seem magical, it’s far from perfect — be sure to double-check for errors like improper capitalization, typos, or extra periods!

Writing that Works Cited page by hand?  Answer those nagging questions about which words to italicize with these handy resources:

Publication Manual for the American Psychological Association – The official word on APA style.  Paper copies are available for use in the library.

Research & Documentation Online – Check out examples of the APA List of References.

Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) APA – An easy-to-understand guide to writing and citing in APA style.

Still need a hand?  Want someone to check your work?  Ask a librarian!  Don’t forget, good citations are are an important aspect of Academic Integrity.


Kristyna Carroll
Research Support Librarian


Communication Abstracts Back Up

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: December 2, 2010
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Communication Abstracts is back in working order.  Thank you for your patience as we resolved this issue.



Last Modified: December 2, 2010