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New Books & E-books!

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: March 30, 2011
  • Filed Under: New Books

Many great new books have been added to the library’s collection this month.  Take a look at the New Books related to communication studies.  No time to make it over to the library?  This month’s list includes many e-books, which can be read on your computer screen.

We also received many great new DVDs this month, but they have been featured in a separate post: New DVDs!

Building Team Power
by Thomas A. Kayser
McGraw Hill
2010
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Straight Talk: Oral communication for career success
by Paul R. Timm & Sherron Bienvenu
Routledge
2011
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Vanishing Act: The erosion of online footnotes and implications for scholarship in the digital age
by Michael Bugeja & Daniela Dimitrova
Litwin Books
2010
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Space Oddities: Women and outer space in popular film and culture, 1960-2000
by Marie Lathers
Continuum
2010
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Servant Leadership: Developments in theory and research
by Dirk van Dierendonck & Kathleen Patterson
Palgrave Macmillan
2010
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Relating Rape and Murder: Narratives of sex, death, and gender
by Jane Monckton Smith
Palgrave Macmillan
2010
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Kristyna Carroll
kristyna.carroll@villanova.edu
610-519-5391

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Internet Use & the 2010 Political Campaigns

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: March 28, 2011
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

A new report from Pew Internet reports that the use of the Internet for a variety of political purposes is increasing.  Check out the full report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

  • Get political news online – 58% of online adults looked online for news about politics or the 2010 campaigns, and 32% of online adults got most of their 2010 campaign news from online sources.
  • Go online to take part in specific political activities, such as watch political videos, share election-related content or “fact check” political claims – 53% of adult internet users did at least one of the eleven online political activities we measured in 2010.
  • Use Twitter or social networking sites for political purposes – One in five online adults (22%) used Twitter or a social networking site for political purposes in 2010.
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Senior Project Series – APA Citations

Even though you have been using APA style for the past 4 years, you may be full of dread at the thought of writing your reference list.  The library is here to help!

If you have been using Refworks to gather and organize your resources, you’re in luck!  Download the Write-n-Cite tool to automatically format your in-text citations and generate your reference list as you type your paper.

Or, use Refworks to automatically generate your bibliography.  Once you have logged in, click  Bibliography.  Select your format style, [output] file type, and folder or list of references.  Copy and paste the resulting list into your paper.  Be sure to check for errors!

Whether writing your reference list by hand or proofreading a Refworks bibliography, you will definitely need to have the APA rules on hand.  Check out the resources below:

If you need to see the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association-the official authority on all things APA-stop by the Information Desk to browse a copy.

If you find the Publication Manual confusing or scary (or both), try the APA Online Tutorial.  This video guide is clear and easy to watch.  It gives a thorough overview of how to format your paper and cite your sources.

For those trickier scenarios (how do I cite my class notes?  how do I cite a blog post?), try searching the APA Style Blog.  This is another official APA site, so it is an authoritative source.

The Purdue OWL and Research & Documentation Online are clear and easy to understand sources of information for how to use APA style.  Since they are not official publications of the APA, check the Publication Manual when in doubt.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions.

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Kristyna Carroll
kristyna.carroll@villanova.edu
610-519-5391

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New DVDs!

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: March 11, 2011
  • Filed Under: New Books

Falvey Library has received so many new DVDs this month that they had to be pulled from the New Books list and given their own blog post!

The new DVDs include requests by faculty, a few 2011 Academy Award winners, Cultural Film Series features, recent releases, and notable documentary films.  Check out some highlights below, then browse the full list of recent DVD arrivals.

If you are still suffering from a case of Oscar fever, don’t miss Falvey’s collection of materials realted to the Academy Awards (including many films), or the extensive list of Best Picture winners we have on hand.

Enjoy!

The Social Network
Best Picture Nominee, 2011 Academy Awards
Original Release: 2010
In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history, but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.

Catfish
Documentary Film
Original Release: 2010
In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel’s brother, Yaniv (Nev). A reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.

The Town
Original Release: 2010
Produced by Basil Iwanyk (Villanova, ’92)
When Doug falls into a passionate romance with the bank manager briefly taken hostage in their last heist, he wants out of this life and out of the town. As the Feds close in and the crew questions his loyalty, he has one of two choices: betray his friends or lose the woman he loves.

The Cranes are Flying
Cultural Film Series
Original Release: 1957
When Veronica’s lover, Boris, goes to war, she moves in with Boris’ family. His cousin seduces her and out of guilt she marrys him. Unhappy in her marriage and still in love with Boris she leaves her husband to wait for Boris to return. Later she learns Boris has been killed in the war.

Tales from the Script
Documentary Film
Original Release: 2010
Celebrated scribes reveal the fascinating creative adventures that gave birth to beloved classics (and notorious flops). By analyzing their triumphs and recalling their failures, the participants explain how successful writers develop the skills necessary for toughing out careers in Hollywood.

Jack Goes Boating
Original Release: 2010
Directed by & Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman
Jack and Connie are two single people who on their own might continue to recede into the anonymous background of New York City, but in each other begin to find the courage and desire to pursue a budding relationship. As Jack and Connie cautiously circle commitment, the couple that introduced them, Clyde and Lucy, confront their own unresolved issues, and each couple comes face to face with the inevitable path of their relationship.

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Kristyna Carroll
kristyna.carroll@villanova.edu
610-519-5391

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ComAnalytics Now Available

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: March 9, 2011
  • Filed Under: Featured resource

Falvey Memorial Library is pleased to announce its recent subscription to ComAnalytics.  CIOS offers ComAnalytics as a way for Communication faculty and departments to assess and compare article publication productivity.

Also, congratulations to our Communication Department for its ranking as  a “Top Ten” department in the study of metaphor!

• ComAnalytics has the only system for calculating the prestige value of publication in a majority of the field’s scholarly journals. While no cross-institutional system for performance analysis can tell the whole story of faculty accomplishment, ComAnalytics provides baseline data that takes account of both quantity and quality of scholarly performance.

• ComAnalytics provides customizable assessments. Compare faculty performance to relevant baselines: other faculty with the same years in service, other faculty at programs granting the same degrees. Compare departments with the same number of faculty. Compare departments to selected peer institutions.

• ComAnalytics’ interactive environment allows subscribers to explore analyses and generate printed reports that can be submitted to administration as part of peer assessments and annual reviews.

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Kristyna Carroll
kristyna.carroll@villanova.edu
610-519-5391

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Senior Project Series – Interviews & Surveys

Writing your own survey or conducting research interviews can be very challenging.  Luckily, there are resources available to help.

Begin with the E-Reference Resources for Research Methods.  These online encyclopedias can clear up any questions you have about research methods or statistical analysis you may have at any stage of the research process.

If you intend to use a survey or questionnaire as part of your research project, take a look at these books regarding survey methods.

Administer your survey online!  Survey Monkey is a web-based survey platform.  The free version is suitable for most projects.  Google Forms can also be embedded into emails or webpages, or sent as links to collect data for a quick questionnaire or survey.

Conducting research interviews can be even more intimidating than writing your own survey.  Before you dive in, research techniques and best practices with these books about research interviews and focus groups.

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Kristyna Carroll
kristyna.carroll@villanova.edu
610-519-5391

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