CSUN's Oviatt Library has
a wealth of online and traditional research tools. Some excellent full-text
databases are at your fingertips online, and you can discuss your particular
project with a living, breathing reference librarian.
Dabbour is the designated Communication Studies Librarian and
knows where to find the sources you need. She can be of tremendous help in
your research. Don't hesitate to ask her for assistance. Here is the link to
Studies Research resources page for COMS majors.
Below are links toa variety of online resources.
This semester's Research
Project will focus on the USA
Patriot Act so will add to and update these sources
as we move through the semester. As you find
other sources in doing your research, post them on the newsgroup and I'll be
Critical Theory - This site has 14 different categories of
topics as wide-ranging as cyborgs, anime, hypertext fiction, politics, gender
is a good place to explore possible topics for your research project.
The Institute for
Studies is a "center for creation, innovation and examination" of
forms of new media as they affect the contemporary mediascape. Check out the
project on Digital Storytelling -
an area where the most ancient & human art form is being reconfigured.
an "international journal of theory, technology, and culture." Some fascinating
articles in these issues, by &/or about some of the leading theorists in the
an Electronic Journal of Art and Technology. Has a searchable archive.
Those of you using the Web for research may find the following links useful.
Each one takes you to search engines that will greatly aid the process of research.
Enjoy, but remember, internet searching is addictive, and there is no substitute
for a visit to a physical library now and again!
A Dictionary/Encyclopedia of Internet Terminology
Pew Internet & American Life
- an ongoing survey research and data analysis project
the Internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education,
and civic and political life. An authoritative source
on the evolution of the Internet; site contains searchable database of a wide
range of topics analyzing real-world
developments as they affect the virtual world - and vice versa.
Communication Abstracts from the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship.
Unfortunately you can't actually view the abstracts without paying through
the nose, but you can at least get citations here which can be useful.
A humungous reference library with links to just about everything else.
An online encyclopedia owned by Microsoft.
These resources include complete scholarly essays and other useful documents.
Tec Soc (Center for the Study of
Technology and Society)
An excellent source of news and information about the relationship between
technology and society.
Daniel Chandler has an excellent collection of resources with a technology
bent available here.
The English Server from Carnegie Mellon University is a wonderful resource;
over 27,000 texts online and fully available to students. Online journals
and scholarly essays on any number of topics. Fully searchable, so get
Cultural Studies Central: A promising cultural studies site with links to
lots of information.