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COMM 185A: New Media and Communication (Chopra): Finding Scholarly Books

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Scholarly Books

You can use the library catalog (OSCAR) to locate scholarly books in the Library's collection. If don't find enough sources this way, click on the LINK+ icon to search the catalogs of 35-40 libraries in California and Nevada. LINK+ books typically arrive in 2-4 business days.

Generally speaking, books published by university presses can be considered scholarly. Many other books in the library's collection are also scholarly, though it varies by publisher. Some identifying characteristics are the title, background of the author(s), whether the work is edited, the presence of citations and a bibliography, etc. These are many of the same features you use to distinguish a scholarly journal article from a popular magazine article.

Some useful subject headings for searching the catalog are:

  • social media
  • social media -- economic aspects
  • social media -- law and legislation
  • social media -- moral and ethical aspects
  • social media -- psychological aspects
  • social networks
  • online social networks
  • online social networks -- law and legislation
  • online social networks -- security measures
  • digital media -- social aspects
  • information technology -- social aspects
  • technological innovations -- social aspects
  • digital media -- technological innovations
  • mass media -- technological innovations
  • cell phones -- social aspects
  • interpersonal communication
  • mass media and race relations
  • mass media and globalization
  • music -- technological innovations
  • intellectual property -- law and legislation
  • privacy, right of 
  • digital divide

If your topic is related to Psychology, the PsycBOOKS databases might be a good place to find book chapters.

Page updated by Sophia Neuhaus on April 20, 2018