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Visual Rhetoric Across the Globe (Spring 2008)

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

  • The Basics
    • Alyssa O'Brien, Instructor, aobrien 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.

  • 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
  • Use article databases to locate journal/magazine/newspaper articles. Be sure to choose appropriate databases based on your topic because different databases cover different topics and sources. Again avoid relying on one database in order to conduct a comprehensive research.

    Examples of subject-specific databases.

    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:sulinfocenter" 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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