James H. Thomason Library

Political Science 458:

Politics and the Media

Reference Sources

Locating Books
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Locating Articles
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    Journal Finder
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Reference Sources:    
Dictionaries   back to top

Dictionary of Media Studies [CREDO Reference], A & C Black Pub., 2006.
This dictionary provides a basic vocabulary of terms used in the media and entertainment industries, from A&R to zydeco. It is ideal for all students of Media Studies and related subjects, as well as those working for the first time in jobs such as journalism, radio and television production and advertising.

Dictionary of Politics & Government [CREDO Reference], Bloomsbury, 2004
Covers world politics, international relations, local and national government and the European Union.

Dictionary of the Social Sciences [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2002.
Designed to break down the barriers between social science disciplines, as well as to make social scientific language comprehensible to general readers. Collecting anthropology, sociology, political science, economics, human geography, cultural studies, and Marxism in one volume, the Dictionary presents concise, clearly written definitions of more than 1,500 important terms.

Hyperpolitics: An Interactive Dictionary of Political Science Concepts. [EBSCO eBook Collection]. Mauro Calise & Theodore J. Lowi.  University of Chicago Press, 2010. 


Encyclopedias   back to top

American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia, ISI Books, 2006.
Main Level, Reference: R 320.52 Am35A

Encyclopedia of New Media: An Essential Reference to Communication and Technology [SAGE eReference], SAGE, 2002.
Most entries in this work deal with technology-related topics. Entries with some relevance to this course include hacktivism, online journalism, and electronic democracy.

Encyclopedia of the Persian Gulf War, ABC-CLIO, 1995.
Main Level, Reference: R 956.7044 G914E
Entries include “Chronology of the Persian Gulf War,” “Chronological List of Documents,” and “Censorship of the War.” The entry for “Media” provides government guidelines and restrictions for media coverage of the war.

Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and the Right [SAGE eReference], SAGE, 2005.
Contains articles on the people, ideas, events, laws, and issues associated with left and right politics.


Encyclopedia of Women and Gender: Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender [CREDO Reference], Academic Press, 2001.
Relevant entries include Beauty Politics and Patriarchy: The Impact on Women’s Lives; Body Image Concerns; &  Media Stereotypes.
Also available in print, Main Level, Reference: R 305.403 En19E [2 vols]

Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and The Right Bookcover

History of the Mass Media in the United States: An Encyclopedia, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1998.
Main Level, Reference: R 302.230973 H629H
Includes entries on interpretive reporting, investigative reporting, and political advertising.

Locating Books  
THOMCAT   back to top


Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              

Moyers, Bill D  [as AUTHOR]

  Bush, George W. (George Walker) [as SUBJECT]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to politics and the media:
  Advertising, Political
  Mass Media and Women
  Mass Media and Public Opinion--Research
  Affirmative action programs -- United States
  Women -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States -- History
  Marijuana -- Law and legislation -- United States
  Cold War -- History
  • Materials relevant to the study of politics and the media may also be found by specifying the era or dates, geographic area, or the material type in which you are interested:

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • Try a KEYWORD search if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
conservative bias AND news

· Use OR between synonyms to expand your search and
group those terms with parentheses:
(press OR media) AND war

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or expand
a term:
advertis* = advertise, advertising, advertised, advertisement
, etc.

Try KEYWORD searching with ThomCat, other library catalogs & library databases


eBook Collections   back to top


EBSCO eBook Collection 

Approximatley 8,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes.



Cogan, Brian and Tony Kelso. Encyclopedia of Politics, the Media, and Popular Culture.  Greenwood Press, 2009.

Dagnes, Alison. Politics on Demand: The Effects of 24-Hour News on American Politics.  Praeger, 2010.




ebrary eBook Collection

Approximatley 70,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes



Washbourne, Neil.  Mediating Politics: Newspapers, Radio, Television, and the Internet.  Open University Press, 2010.

Diamond, Edwin and Robert A. Silverman. White House to Your House: Media and Politics in Virtual American. MIT Press, 1995.



PASCAL Catalog   back to top

If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, search here for books in other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.



A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCAL Catalog.

Interlibrary Loan - ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Click link for instructions.

Locating Articles  
Article Databases   back to top

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  When passworded from off campus locations, supply your PC Bannerweb login information (username and password/pin).

  Academic Search Complete [EBSCOhost]
Scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals

Arts & Sciences Collections I, II, & III contain an archive of over 350 full-text journals which are searchable through JSTOR or accessible through Journal Finder, which provides full-text articles in Thomason Library's electronic databases. The collections include journals in art, architecture, economics, film, folklore, history, performing arts, political science, religion, sociology, humanities, mathematics, and statistics. JSTOR is a journal archive with complete runs of journals up to three years ago. Current issues are not available in JSTOR, but may be in other databases.

Legal - LexisNexis 
Full-text articles from law reviews, as well as legal news, case law, codes and regulations, and international law.

News - LexisNexis
Full-text U.S. & international newspapers, magazines, newsletters & journals.

Project MUSE Basic Undergraduate Collection  Current and recent volumes of 112 core journals in the humanities and social sciences

Journal Finder   back to top

Search Journal Finder to determine if PC has full text for the journal, magazine or newspaper you need. Library databases are connected by Journal Finder and lead you to full-text if available.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.



Web Sites   back to top

New addition! The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists [AAEC]

A professional association concerning itself with “promoting the interests of staff, freelance and student editorial cartoonists in the United States." Key features include searching the current year’s editorial cartoons as well as the past ten years by keyword for cartoons on a particular subject or by individual member cartoonist. description from C&RL News:Internet Resources

The Center for Media and Public Affairs
A nonpartisan research and educational organization which conducts scientific studies of the news and entertainment media. Includes studies in the following categories: news media studies, entertainment studies, election 2004, network news studies, political humor.

C-SPAN Video Library

"Since 1987, more than 160,000 hours have been recorded (on the C-SPAN network), and digital copies of these materials are now available online through this video library. These streaming videos are great teaching tools for history or political science classroom use, and can be freely accessed by students outside of class. The site allows one to search for programs by topic and series, by congressional committee, and also by the most recent and most popular programs. The Congress section includes data on congressional member days on the chamber floors. The Browse section includes links to the Booknotes and Book TV programs, related programs and Web sites, and current events. Readers can also view and subscribe to the site's blog." description from CHOICE Reviews Online 9/2010

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting  [FAIR]
FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. FAIR works to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints. As an anti-censorship organization, they expose neglected news stories and defend working journalists when they are muzzled. As a progressive group, FAIR believes that structural reform is ultimately needed to break up the dominant media conglomerates, establish independent public broadcasting and promote strong non-profit sources of information. Uniquely, FAIR works with both activists and journalistsm, maintains a regular dialogue with reporters at news outlets across the country, provides constructive critiques when called for and applauds exceptional, hard-hitting journalism.

Joan Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics and Public Policy [John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University] 
A Harvard research center dedicated to exploring and illuminating the intersection of press, politics and public policy in theory and practice. The Center strives to bridge the gap between journalists and scholars, and between them and the public. Of special interest is the  Papers and Reports page, which provides full-text of papers by Shorenstein Center faculty and fellows.

Poynter Research Center   [Poynter Institute]  
Provides bibliographies on a variety of media topics, including: Broadcast Journalism; Investigative Reporting; Media Ethics.

Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman [The National Archives]

A staff political cartoonist for The Washington Post and the Washington Evening Star for the first half of the 20th century, Berryman drew thousands of cartoons commenting on the candidates, campaigns, issues, and the election process. This online exhibit features cartoons that appeared on the front page of Washington newspapers from 1898 through 1948, and gives a picture of the entire election process. Includes the full collection of more than 2,400 pen and ink drawings. description from C&RL News:Internet Resources

The State of the News Media 2011: An Annual Report on American Journalism [The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism]
This site’s goal is “to gather in one place as much data as possible about all the major sectors of journalism, to identify trends, mark key indicators, note areas for further inquiry, and provide a resource for citizens, journalists, and researchers.”


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