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COMM 151/152--Bird-Meyer: Reference


  • Handbooks, dictionaries, and encyclopedias
  • Formats include online or in print
  • Use for overview information, definitions, historical perspective, & statistics
  • Ask the librarian or your instructor for assistance

CREDO--background & overview info

Search two ways--
  • Enter terms Basic Search Box, click on Search button
    • Topic Page often the first entry, followed by reference entries
    • Browse the entries
    • Click on the title to see the article
    • Click on PRINT icon to print the article
      • Article opens in a PDF
      • MLA & APA citations print on separate page -OR-
  • Click on the BROWSE CREDO link (3 lines next to logo)
    • Open a link
    • Scroll through the titles listed
    • Select a reference work to search
      • Enter your search terms
      • Click on the title of an article
      • PRINT article & citation page

ULRICH'S WEB--periodical publication info & verification

  • Enter a title, ISSN, or search term to find journals or other periodicals
  • Click on SEARCH
  • Scroll through the list of titles
  • Match the results to the publication you want to verify
  • Click on the title to see the results






Ulrichsweb--results--PROFESSIONAL JOURNAL
Look for peer-reviewed journal characteristics
  • Refereed symbol--YES
  • Serial type--Journal
  • Content type--Academic / Scholarly
    • Content type determines if a publication is scholarly
    • Trade journals often look similar to scholarly publications, but do not contain actual research
    • VERIFY every title you use for research
Ulrichsweb--results--TRADE MAGAZINE
Look for peer-reviewed journal characteristics
  • Refereed symbol--usually NO (however, some trade titles are peer-reviewed)
  • Serial type--Trade Publication or Magazine
  • Content type--Trade
    • Trade journals often look similar, so beware
    • VERIFY the title if you use it in your Works Cited Page

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