Answered By: Chris Clouser
Last Updated: Jan 29, 2015     Views: 68

The best sources for your topic will be some of the various periodical article databases available from the library. I would suggest that you look at : Academic Search Complete, Communications & Mass Media Complete, InfoTrac OneFile, and Wilson OmniFile. You can find these databases by going to the Library Home Page (www.iup.edu/library)and clicking on "Article Databases". This will take you to a list of all the databases available from the IUP Libraries. Just select the database you need from the alphabetic list. Once you are connected to a database, you can search by keywords. I would suggest entering a search that looks something this: ("reality television" or "reality tv") The quotation marks tell the system to look for an exact phrase and the "or" gives the system a choice -- match at least one. When I did this search in Academic Search Complete, I got over 5,000 hits. You can narrow this number by adding additional search terms after parenthesis and connecting them with an "AND". For example: ("reality television" or "reality tv") and abdcefg where "abcdefg" is the search term you are looking for. In your e-mail, you didn't say what you were doing with reality TV, so I can't suggest any particular words. Another way to narrow your search is to limit your results to a particular type of resource. When I did the search in Academic Search Complete, to the left of the results, there were several options to narrow the results. I selected "Academic Journals" and brought the result list down to under 400. These articles are t all from more substantial journals than newstand-type magazines or newspapers. When I did the search and limited to academic journals, one of the first results I got was actually about the Real Word show. When I looked at the full record for that item, I found a search phrase that will give me just those articles that discuss the Real World. You need to enter: "Real World, The (TV program)" If you then limit to academic journals, there are 6 pretty good articles on the topic. If you still have trouble finding information after trying these searches, please come in to the library and consult with one of the librarians at the reference desk.

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