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Academic Search Premier*
A multi-disciplinary database that provides full text for nearly 4,500 journals, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed titles.

APA Style Guide to Electronic References
Guidelines for citing electronic sources like websites and digital publications for research.

Directory of Open Access Journals
Indexes free online journals in the sciences and humanities.

EBSCOhost Databases
Search multiple EBSCO databases simultaneously. Custom select any number of databases from the library’s complete list available through EBSCO.

Films on Demand
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Google Scholar
Accesses online journals and institutional repository/ self-submitted scholarly articles.

An archive of core scholarly journals in the arts and sciences.

Literary Reference Center*
A comprehensive literary reference database covering antiquity to the present day, LRC includes information from books, major literary encyclopedias, reference works and journals.

Merriam–Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus
Database containing 225,000 entries, including more than 10,000 new words and definitions.

MLA Directory of Periodicals
Includes editorial contact information, as well as frequency, circulation, subscription prices and submission guidelines.

MLA International Bibliography
Citations from journals, books and dissertations dating back to the 1920s.

OmniFile Full Text Select
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Project Muse
Full-text journals in literature and criticism, history, visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, etc. *As of Jan. 2018, the library has access to free content only.

Roget’s International Thesaurus
Synonyms and antonyms with 85,000 hyperlinked cross-references, proverbs and quotations.

SAGE Premier
SAGE Journals in Communication Studies, Criminology, Education, Health Sciences, Management & Organization Studies, Materials Science, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Urban Studies & Planning.

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Statistical Abstract of the United States
Authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

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Video Resources

Films on Demand
Multidisciplinary documentary film resource.

Documentary films from Films on Demand

Communication Essentials Series (1:30:40)
Talent, ambition, and great ideas won’t amount to much if they’re not supported by good communication. This four-part series helps high school and college students improve their communication skills in four critical areas: listening, speaking, writing, and reading. Viewers are challenged to improve their habits and aim for several concrete goals—such as the ability to actively participate in discussions and meetings, to craft effective messages in speech or text, to process and understand workplace communication, and more.

The Art of Communicating (3:31:37)
All societies have engaged in formalized types of communication through telling stories about their histories, whether it is an oral saga of a dynastic family or an annual ritual such as Greek tragedy. With the advent of writing, the oral tradition was transcribed and became less permeable. As certain alphabets became dominant, many minority languages were lost, along with their literary corpora.

Secrets of Body Language (1:30:19)
This very visual and highly entertaining A&E Special delves into the science of nonverbal signals, the subtle language through which 93 percent of human communication takes place. From President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to 2008 President-Elect Barack Obama and U.S. Senator John McCain, viewers will see how politicians and celebrities alike use body language to persuade the masses, establish power, and advance their careers.

In a Manner of Speaking: The Phenomenon of Conversation (47:35)
Social context, intonation, and body language add a vital layer of meaning to the spoken or signed word—a layer that can manifest only in conversation. In this program, Dr. Jonathan Miller addresses the subject of group talk, offering his observations on topics including the concept of “speech acts” à la Austin, Wittgenstein, and Searle; the implicit mechanics of verbal give-and-take; and the belief that social context, far from being a mere adjunct to linguistic communication, is actually the root cause of it. The implications of the apparent connection between right hemisphere brain damage and an impaired sense of linguistic nuance are examined as well.

Don’t Hesitate, Communicate: Effective Communication in the Office (31:03)
Set in an ironically dysfunctional office environment, this dramatization introduces viewers to the strengths and limitations of spoken, written, and visual forms of communication; common barriers to good communication; and ways to overcome those barriers. Examples of communication disconnects are combined with tips on phone etiquette, speaking in meetings and one-on-one, writing e-mails and letters, and body language. Communication killers are then discussed, along with proactive techniques to reduce misunderstandings. The takeaway message? A better understanding of the nuances of different communication modes will help improve employee effectiveness and defuse office conflict.


Open Congressional Research Reports

Accuracy in Media

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

Federal Communications Comission

Project for Excellence in Journalism

Society of Professional Journalists

Toastmasters International

UNESCO Institute for Statistics

Public Relations

Council of Public Relations Firms

Public Relations Student Society of America

Writing/Style Guides

Purdue Online Writing Lab

Yahoo Digital Style Guide

American Psychological Association Style

The Elements of Style

Chicago Manual of Style

LOGOS E-Translation

Modern Language Association Style

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