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JMS 710: Graduate Journalism and Media Studies (Burroughs): Welcome JMS Grad Students!

Resources in JMS for new graduate students

JMS 710 PowerPoint

UNLV Libraries Research Databases

Newspaper Databases

Learn Effective Database Search Strategies

Learn Effective Database Search Strategies--The following are suggestions to improve your search results

Use different search terms or key words

  • Try using other words to describe your topic, it will give you better results. 
  • Examples: journalism, mass media, media, media studies

 Truncation or wildcard (*)

  • This will locate alternate endings for your search term.
  • Example - new* to find news, newspaper, newsroom, etc.
  • Note: Some databases use different symbols; consult the help page for the correct symbol

 Try different databases

  • Each database contains unique material, so searching a different database may yield more relevant research.

 Help page

  • Each database has a page with tips to help you effectively search that resource.

Sage Research Methods

Google Scholar

A note about Google Scholar . . . 

Although Google Scholar contains many resources, it does not contain access to all relevant resources for journalism/media studies research.  Researchers are strongly encouraged to look at the additional resources mentioned above to conduct a thorough literature review.  You do not need to purchase articles via Google Scholar many are available for through the UNLV Libraries or via Interlibrary Loan.

Be sure to go to Settings, then click on Library Links...Then in the search bar, type in UNLV, then separately, type in University of Nevada Las Vegas--then check the boxes & be sure to click SAVE!



APA Style Resources

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Organizing Your Research Using RefWorks

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What is RefWorks?
RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic software package that enables you to:

  • Organize your research
  • Create a bibliography in a variety of citation styles, including APA, MLA and Chicago
  • Import references from many data sources
  • Create bibliographies in different document formats (Word, RTF, HTML, etc.)
  • Include citations while you write your paper

"New" RefWorks Instructions

Organizing Your Research Using Mendeley

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