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PMA 1128: Arts Writing. Journalism and Public Media (Fall 2017): Finding
Background

A library research guide for students in Prof. Gainor's PMA 1128 class.

Olin Reference Collection

Olin Library Reference Collection

Encyclopedias are great for:

  • choosing a topic
  • educating yourself quickly
  • perspective on a topic
  • variant spellings, vocabulary, terminology
  • bibliography

Multi-disciplinary Refererence sources

Oxford Reference Online
Searchable database of 100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works of Oxford University Press. Each topical division contains searchable versions of the latest editions of published dictionaries and encyclopedias.Covers general reference, language, science and medicine, humanities and social sciences, business and professional subjects.
Reference Universe
A searchable database of back-of-the-book indexes to subject encyclopedias and other reference works in a wide variety of subject areas. Search the contents of more than 6,000 reference titles.
Sage Reference Online
A database of reference books covering the social sciences and education, including such areas as African American studies, aging & gerontology, anthropology, business and management, communication and media studies, counseling and psychotherapy, criminology and criminal justice, economics, education, environment, family studies, gender & sexuality studies, history, politics and international relations, psychology, research methods and evaluation, philosophy, and theology, sociology, and urban planning.
New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
This thoroughly re-envisioned New Dictionary of the History of Ideas explores new thinking in areas previously covered (communism, linguistics, physics) and present cross-cultural perspectives on more recent topics such as postmodernism, deconstruction and post-colonialism.

Guides to Terminology in the Arts & Humanities

The Olin Reference Collection includes many specialized encyclopedias and guides covering subjects in the humanities, most written by scholars and experts in their fields. Subject encyclopedias can be a rich source for core bibliographies. Below are a few examples relevant to this course. Some are also available online.