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Approaches to Research in Journalism Studies: JRN 2701

Research help for the course, JRN 2701: Approaches to Research in Journalism Studies

Why Use Scholarly Sources?

an open booka scholarly article

Question: What value lies in using scholarly sources, such as peer-reviewed journal articles or books published by university presses?  Why, for example, would a researcher choose a scholarly source over a news story or blog post?

Answer: Scholarly sources have a different level of authority and credibility because they have been approved by a group with recognized expertise in the field under discussion. That approval process includes many steps for verifying facts, reducing bias, and for identifying conflicts of interest. To help aid that process, authors organize and structure their scholarly work differently in order to document evidence that either supports or negates claims and conclusions.

Use Library Search

Library Search is your gateway to discover books, journal articles, and much more at Temple University Libraries. Additional information can be found in our Library Search FAQ's.

Find Articles in Subject-focused Databases

These are subject-specific databases, meaning they contain sources focused on one discipline -- unlike the Library Search which contains many. For some researchers, searching in a subject-specific database is more efficient and less overwhelming than searching in the Library Search. You decide your preference.

Find the Full-Text

Can't Locate Your Article Online?

  • Use theOnline button in Library Searchlink found in the Library Search or the Find Full Textbutton available from most other databases to locate the entire article online.
  • If your article is not available in print or via another research database, request it via ILLiad (interlibrary loan).

Find Books at Temple

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Need to find a book? Use the following source to find books at Temple.

Browse the Stacks

Want to just browse the stacks?  Browse the following sections for books related to Journalism Studies:

Regulation of industry, trade, and commerce (transportation and communication) KF4011-4343
Communication and Mass Media P87-96
Broadcasting (radio and television) PN1990-1992
Public Speaking PN4001-4355
Journalism (general) PN4699-5650
Journalism Technique PN4775-4784
Magazine Journalism PN4832-4836
Photojournalism TR820

 

Book Locations

Books that you find for your topic may be located in a variety of places.  Below is a list of some possible locations.

  • Charles Library BookBot -- This is where most of the books are kept. Many of these books are loanable. Request these books via Library Search. Pick them up at the One Stop Assistance desk in Charles Library, or have them delivered to the Temple campus library of your choice. For additional help see the FAQ, How do I request, pick-up, and borrow items from the BookBot?
     
  • Charles Library Juvenile (4th floor)  or Charles Library Juvenile (Hirsch Collection, 4th floor)  -- These are where children's and young adult literature books are kept. Find these books on the 4th floor of Charles Library, north side, near the Graduate Scholars and Faculty Study room. Many of these books are loanable.
     
  • Charles Library Reserves -- This is where books placed on course reserves are kept. Find these books at the One Stop Assistance desk in Charles Library. Many of these books are loanable and will have a 3-hour loan period.
     
  • Charles Library Stacks (4th floor)  -- Find these books on the 4th floor of Charles Library. Many of these books are loanable.
     
  • Ambler Campus Library Stacks -- This is a branch library located on the Ambler campus. Request these books via Library Search and have them brought to Charles Library or to the Temple campus library of your choice in a few days.  Many of these books are loanable.
     
  • Blockson Collection Reading Room -- This is a special collection devoted to African and African American history.  Find these materials on the 1st floor of Sullivan Hall.  These materials are not loanable and must be used in-house only.​
     
  • Ginsburg Health Science Library -- This is the library located on the Health Science campus. Use the "Request" button to request these books and have them brought to Charles Library or to the Temple campus library of your choice in a few days.  Many of these books are loanable.
     
  • Online -- This is the designation for ebooks. Ebooks can be accessed 24x7, on or off-campus and do not need to be checked out.
     
  • Remote Storage -- This is a storage facility for less used or duplicate books.  Request these books via Library Search. Pick them up at the One Stop Assistance Desk in Charles Library.  Many of these books are loanable.
     
  • Special Collections Research Center Reading Room -- This is where special collections, like Rare Books, Manuscripts, Paskow Science Fiction Collection, Urban Archives, Contemporary Culture Collection, etc., are kept.  Find these materials in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) Reading Room on the 1st floor of Charles Library.  These materials are not loanable and must be used in-house only.

​Not sure where to go?  Maps of Charles Library are available to help you find your call number area.