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Online Activism (Spring 2008)

Basics || Background Information || Books || Journal Articles || Web Resources

  • The Basics
    • Melissa Leavitt , Instructor, mleavitt AT stanford DOT edu
    • Shinjoung Yeo, Librarian, shyeo AT stanford DOT edu
  • Find Background Information
  • Utilize reference books like encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, indexes etc. Reference books provide overviews of a topic, usually include bibliographies for further reading so they can be very helpful when you are selecting a topic, or when you need background information.

    To find Reference books:

    Use Reference Universe: a database you can search to find subject encyclopedias on any topic. Be sure to click the "Restrict Search to Titles in your Library" checkbox to see what we own at Stanford. Click on the open book icon to get the Stanford call number and location.

    Note: You can also find reference books for specific topics by using Socrates (library online catalog) or by consulting a librarian at Information Center.

    Books (Note: You can locate more books, journals and films by searching our online catalog Socrates)

  • Find books, films etc. that the library owns on your topic
  • Use Socrates (library online catalog) to identify library materials of interest. The catalog will point you to the location within the library.

    Start with keyword search of your topics (i.e. techno-utopia, modernism, cyberculture, etc.) In detailed information of each title, you will see subject headings. Utilize subject headings by clicking subject heading links in the details information.

    Examples of subject headings:

  • Find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles on you topic
    • Communication Studies: covers such subjects as Journalism, Public Opinion, Political Communication, Mass Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Cultural Studies / Intercultural Communication, Television / Film Studies, Media Studies, Rhetoric etc.
    • ABI Inform (Business)
    • PsyINFO (Psychology)
    • Sociological Abstracts: includes abstracts and citations from over 2,600 journals, books, book reviews, dissertations, and conference papers in theoretical and applied sociology, social science, and policy science.
    • Worldwide Political Sciences: provides citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields.

    Examples of general databases (Note: these are good initial databases to try since they have multidisciplinary coverage):

    Examples of News Databases (66)

  • Find Web Resources
  • Use search engines and subject research guides created by Stanford librarians to locate web resources but be sure to evaluate websites by critically examining content, creators, and sources.

    Stanford librarians have evaluated and collected web resources using (social bookmarking software) that you can utilize for your research. Please check tags that are relevant to your topics. Below are a couple of examples, but check other tags that may be relevant to your research:

    *Note: to recommend a Web site, please use the tag "for:sulinforcenter" in That will automatically send the link to us for review.

    If you are still having trouble finding materials, please don't forget to Ask a Librarian!

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