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New Books, E-books, and DVDs!

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: January 31, 2011
  • Filed Under: New Books

This month’s new books list includes quite a few e-books and DVDs, in addition to paper books.  Beat the winter weather with an e-book!  Many of the new DVD selections were featured in the previous post, Native American Films.  Here is the highlight reel:

Watching YouTube: extraordinary videos by ordinary people
by Michael Strangelove
University of Toronto Press

Premediation: affect and mediality after 9/11
by Richard A. Grusin
Palgrave Macmillan

Cinema: a visual anthropology
by Gordon Gray

Covering Disaster: lessons from media coverage of Katrina and Rita
edited by Ralph Izard and Jay Perkins
Transaction Publishers

Communicator-in-chief: how Barack Obama used new media technology to win the White House
e-book version
edited by John Allen Hendricks and Robert E. Denton, Jr.
Lexington Studies in Political Communication Series
Lexington Books

Kristyna Carroll


Senior Project Series – Staying Organized

As you gather background information on your topic and prepare your literature review, you will be doing a lot of library research and reviewing many, many articles.  It is important to develop a good notetaking system, as well as a method for storing, summarizing, and retrieving articles you have already reviewed.  Get Organized!


Communication & Mass Media Complete, Communication Abstracts, and the Film & Television Literature Index, as well as many other useful databases are all available on the EBSCO platform, so you will probably find yourself using it often.  You can create a personal log-in account to save article citations in organized and shared folders, and to save useful searches.  It will also remember your complete search history if you log in at the beginning of each session.

To create an account, click “Sign In” on the toolbar in the upper right-hand portion of the screen.  You can use any log-in and password that you wish.  After creating your account, you will still need to access the database through the library homepage.



Refworks is a web-based citation manager.  As you search through article databases, you can export citation information directly to Refworks.  Citations can then be organized in folders and shared with group members.  When the time comes to write your paper, the Write-n-Cite feature can automatically generate your in-text citations as well as your bibliography.  Or, you can generate a bibliography of selected citations at any point.

Always double-check for errors! Refworks has a tendency to capitalize incorrectly or improperly list author names.  Always have your APA style guide handy.

Refworks provides its users with a helpful series of online tutorials and is generally pretty simple to use.  For more information, please see the library guide to Refworks, or contact me.

Kristyna Carroll


Native American Films

Falvey Library has recently required a collection of films about, starring, or directed by Native Americans, Aborigines, and other native groups.  Many of these films were featured on Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian, an installment of Independent Lens.  See the full list of films, or check out some highlights below:

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
Directed by Zacharias Kunuk
Starring Natal Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, and Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq
The telling of an Inuit legend of an evil spirit causing strife in the community and one warrior’s endurance and battle of its menace.*

Rabbit-Proof Fence
Directed by Phillip Noyce
Starring Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, and Kenneth Branagh
In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.*

Smoke Signals
Directed by Chris Eyre
Starring Adam Beach, Evan Adams, and Irene Bedard
When Victor hears Arnold has died, Thomas offers him funding for the trip to get Arnold’s remains, but only if Thomas will also go with him. Thomas and Victor hit the road.*

Flags of Our Fathers
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Starring Ryan Phillippe, Barry Pepper, Adam Beach, and Joseph Cross
The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at The Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in WWII.*

The Last of the Mohicans
Directed by Michael Mann
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, and Russell Means
Three trappers protect a British Colonel’s daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War.*

*Movie information from IMDb.com.

Kristyna Carroll


Senior Project Series – Selecting a Topic

Congratulations to those seniors who completed their projects in the Fall!  For those of you working on your projects this Spring, keep an eye out for this series of helpful library tips.

Sometimes, getting started on a major project can be a significant hurtle.  The various paths you can take may feel overwhelming.  You’ll be working on your project all semester, so you need to make sure it is a topic you will enjoy.  And, you’re capstone project will need to be unique and thoughtful.

As you consider different topics for your project, use the E-Reference Resources in Communication to gather background information and find out more about that area of study.

For example, if you are considering a study of college students and mobile devices, take a look at the Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies.  Or, perhaps you are interested in studying Body Image in Girls and Young Women, which can be found in the Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents and the Media.

E-Reference Resources can also be very useful when developing your research methodologies, or if you come across unknown terms or ideas as you perform your research.  For help with research methodologies, check out the Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics, the Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods, or the Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods.

If you plan on performing a survey, the Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods will be of use to you.

You are always welcome to contact me with library or research questions.  Good luck!

Kristyna Carroll


Welcome back!

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: January 10, 2011
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Welcome to the Spring semester!  I hope everyone enjoyed the break and is excited about 2011!

Faculty interested in scheduling a library instruction session or requesting a library course guide are encouraged to contact me.

Students are welcome to call, email, or stop by with research questions throughout the semester.  Groups are also welcomed.

Keep an eye on the Communication Reference blog for the following highlights this semester:

  • New Books:  Every 4 to 6 weeks I will highlight some of the newest book and video arrivals of interest to Communication faculty and students.  The post will also include a complete list of the most recent arrivals.
  • — Senior Project Series:  This new series of posts will be geared toward senior students working on their capstone projects, although the research tips will be of use to all students working on research papers or projects.
  • Featured Resources: Learn more about the great resources the library has to offer communication scholars.  For instance, check out this quick post about eMarketer.

Also watch the main Library Blog for the latest news and events in Falvey Library.


Get Organized in the New Year

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: January 3, 2011
  • Filed Under: Featured resource

Resolved to organize your research this year?  Try these tools!

Personal Accounts

Find yourself consistently performing searches in EBSCO or CSA?  Take a moment to set up a personal log-in.  This feature allows you to store records in organized folders, save searches, share your work, and set up alerts.






Search Alerts

Set up search alerts in your favorite databases to automatically receive new articles on your research interests.  Alerts can be set for particular journals, specific search strings, or more general topics.  The alerts can be received on a daily, weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis and received within the database or via email or RSS feeds.  If you would like assistance with setting up alerts, please email Kristyna.

Citation Managers

refworksCitation managers such as Refworks and Endnote are useful tools for collecting, storing, and organizing article and book citations.  You can also use these tools to generate your bibliography in APA style, and to automatically format your in-text citations.

Refworks is a web-based tool that is generally simpler to use than Endnote.  I highly recommend it for students working on research products.  The RefShare feature allows for some collaboration among students.  Graduating students are encouraged to back-up their work as they will not have access to Refworks after graduation.

Endnote software is installed on your computer and is more advanced than Refworks.  Faculty tend to prefer Endnote, and I would recommend it for students considering continuing studies after graduation, as the software and your citation library are housed on your computer, giving you permanent access.

RSS Readers

An RSS reader will aggregate all of your favorite RSS feeds into a single site or email alert.  The site or alert will showcase the headlines from your favorite blogs or websites.  Any site that provides an RSS feed can be entered into your reader.

For Google users, try Google Reader.  Other popular sites are outlined on the Top RSS Readers post from Why RSS?: The Really Simple Guide to RSS.

iPhone users may be interested in the 5 Best RSS Feed Reader Apps from CallingAllGeeks.

Collaboration Tools

Collaborating online can be difficult.  Find a tool to make it easier:

This tool allows you to connect with other researchers in the style of a social networking site, but with targets for specific disciplines and topic areas.  The second aspect is a toolbox for online collaboration on research projects.  Perhaps the most useful feature allows group members to check out a document, preventing duplicate effort on the same draft.

This web-based product allows you to share your screen after a small download and installation.  Others can access your screen cast without downloading anything.  The free version also features live chat and recording options.

The free version of Jing allows you to record video screen casts with audio up to 5 minutes in length.  Videos can be shared from a web-based library.

Kristyna Carroll



Last Modified: January 3, 2011