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HamCAT Background Information/Reference
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Usually general encyclopedias, like Encyclopedia Britannica, come up first. But then, you'll usually see a variety of more scholarly and subject-specific encyclopedias that provide different contexts for your topic.
For example, a search a on new media Includes these results:
- Encyclopedia of Gender in Media
- Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media
- Encyclopedia of Communication Theory
Articles in special encyclopedias that are especially valuable when starting a research project include:
- major theories
- major scholars
- bibliography of selected/recommended items.
Excerpts from the entry New Media, by Kathleen M. Endres in the Encyclopedia of Gender in Media [Sage Knowledge database [online]:
- "New media is a fluid term. Today, it means the convergence of traditional media, including film, music, audio, and video, with the interactive power of the computer, cell phone, and other computer- and Internet-enabled gadgets. Tomorrow, the definition may shift as new technologies emerge and others fall from favor."
- The new media model of self-directed labor (self-employment, said to represent the future of work) has ramifications for women who work in the industry, but few scholars have examined the situation from a gender perspective.
- "Women have been excluded from the design and development of the computer hardware and software that make new media possible. Moreover, women have not been involved in the design and development of key new media Websites, specifically Myspace, Facebook, YouTube, and Wikipedia."
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The MnPALS Consortium
As part of the Hamline community, you have borrowing privileges at the following libraries:
To search for books in the Hamline and MnPALS libraries, use HamCAT.
To have items from the MnPALS partner libraries delivered to Hamline for you, either use the "request" feature in HamCAT or visit the library in person and use your Hamline ID to check materials out. Due to COVID-19, MnPALS Partner Libraries are discouraging students from other campuses to physically visit another school's library. Please use the delivery system and speak to a librarian about your needs.
Due to COVID-19, Deliveries between MnPALS Partner Libraries are happening twice weekly, on Mondays and Thursdays when classes are in session, Questions about using materials? Contact the Central Service Desk (CSD) at 651-523-2373.
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