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Social Sciences: Finding Sources

Internet Resources
The American Communication Association.
Includes a wealth of links to writers' tools and electronic information sources; access to synchronous and asynchronous discussions; information on communications law; and news from the association.

First Amendment Handbook.
Provides detailed analyses of constitutional law issues as they relate to the practice of journalism. Sections cover access to courts, places and people, the Freedom of Information Act, confidentiality, surreptitious recording, libel, invasion of privacy, prior restraint, and copyright. Created and maintained by the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press.

The Freedom Forum Online.
A wealth of information in communications. The two main category headings are "Freedom" (with links to current news stories about the First Amendment, free press, free speech, religion, and technology) and "Programs" (with links to the Newseum, Press Watch, journalism education, and professional journalism). Users can also make their own voices heard by posting messages on the site's bulletin board. The Freedom Forum is a nonpartisan international foundation dedicated to free expression.

Telecom Information Resources on the Internet.
More than 7,000 links providing information related to the technical, economic, public policy, and social aspects of telecommunications. The site includes 26 categories including "Telecom News and Headlines," "Global Information Infrastructure," and "Research Labs, Testbeds, and Projects."

WWW Virtual Library: Analysis: Telecom's Virtual Library.
Provides links accessed by a subject index in telecommunications, covering a broad array of topics such as "Social, Teleworking, and Telemedicine" and "Videoconferencing and Video Communication."


Library Resources
ABC-CLIO Companion to the Media in America. By Daniel Webster Hollis. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1995.
Covers important developments in mass media and significant media organizations and people in concise articles.

American Voices: Significant Speeches from American History, 1640-1945. New York: Longman, 1989.
A chronologically arranged anthology of major speeches of historical and oratorical significance.

Biographical Dictionary of American Journalism. New York: Greenwood, 1989.
Provides lengthy biographical sketches of major journalists, each followed by a list of sources.

Communication Abstracts. Beverly Hills: Sage, 1978-.
Provides abstracts of articles from more than 150 journals, books, and research reports, arranged in broad topic categories, and indexed by subject and author.

Index to Journals in Communication Studies. Falls Church, Va.: Speech Communication Association, 1974-.
Provides the tables of contents for key speech and communications journals, and indexes them by author and subject. Though the arrangement is awkward, the index provides access to all of the major communications journals in one volume. Often called Matlon after its first editor, Ronald J. Matlon, this index is updated every few years. The most recent update, CommSearch, is available in electronic format.

International Encyclopedia of Communications. 4 vols. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.
A multidisciplinary compilation of essays on communications, ranging from animal communications to dance as a means of communication to communications theory. Each essay is followed by a bibliography of selected sources.

Museum of Broadcast Communications Encyclopedia of Television. 3 vols. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997.
Covers genres, programs, people, organizations, and topics relevant to television history. Information on television programs includes cast, producers, programming history, and bibliographies.

Speech Index. 4th ed. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1966.
With supplements. An index to speeches included in more than 250 anthologies. Supplements bring coverage up to 1980.

We Shall Be Heard: An Index to Speeches by American Women, 1978-1985. By Beverley Manning. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1988.
An author and subject index to speeches by American women, with bibliographic information for published sources that include those speeches.

General Resources
Ethnic Studies
Political Science
Women's Studies


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