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What is "community"? How do humans experience community, and how do they negotitate the communities in which they live? What are the types of community?
This encyclopedia tackles those questions. Bear in mind, though, that its ideas about virtual community date back to 2002.
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Social science related disciplines use specific definitions for terminology. If you are struggling to parse terms like "Collective Self," "Distributive Justice," "Social Dominance Theory," etc. you may want to look them up here.
What does "community" mean in academic social science? What are the elements of community studies? How do we define "communities"? This work sets out to define and explicate them.
Interdisciplinary database of newspapers, magazines and journals, with full-text for a majority of the articles. Also includes a searchable file of images.
A comprehensive bibliography of international economic literature, with selected abstracts. Indexes over 400 major journals.
Research and articles related to African American, Caribbean/African, Arab/Middle Eastern/Persian and Islamic, Asian/Pacific Island, European/Eastern European, Hispanic, Jewish, Multi-ethnic and Native Peoples.
Supplements Business Source Elite, providing full text access to more than 50 regional business publications (including titles from Crain Communications)
Abstracts and indexes “current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development.”
“Indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.”
Here are some resources for finding information available to you through Drew's library:
Academic Search Premier
Academic Search Premier is a database that lets you look for information in a subset of journals and newspapers, including some that Drew doesn't own directly-- to get full text of those, you can use Interlibrary Loan. It doesn't use Google-type searching; you'll need to connect terms with AND:
Yuo can restrict your search to scholarly articles, and email yourself the citation.
Look under List of Resources by Title -> A or List of Resources by Subject -> General to find this one.
Drew Library Catalog
To find books and other material - DVDs, government documents, etc. - owned by Drew University, search the Library Catalog.
Some articles will give you a direct link to the PDF or HTML or Linked full text; some items will be not in our collection and you'll be directed to request them through Interlibrary Loan; but for many, you'll need to click Find it @Drew to see whether it's available electronically:
When you click Find it @Drew you will be taken to a page that will offer you a list of links to the resource in our electronic journal holdings. (Sometimes we have a journal article via more than one database; that's why you see multiple links. Click one of the links to get to the full text:
Books will show you either the link to the ebook or the call number for the printed book:
For instance, when searching for sources for an academic paper, you're usually looking for:
- Works by scholars or experts (authorities)-- for instance, for a literature paper, writers who are have advanced degrees in literature. For a paper about sustainable development in South America, you might be looking for an expert in sustainable development.
- Works that have been carefully vetted, for instance, in a peer reviewed journal (you can limit your search to 'peer reviewed/scholarly journals')
- The type of publication the source appears in matters. Newspapers and Magazines are less likely to be accepted; scholarly books, however, are often acceptable. Reference books such as encyclopedias and dictionaries are generally used only to verify facts or background information.
- Works that are current with the scholarship in the field -- are they up to date, and factually, do they line up with other scholarly works on the topic? (As Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, 'Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.')
- Works that cite the sources where they got their own information: if there's no bibliography or references, view it with extreme suspicion.
- Works that do analysis rather than expressing an opinion, and which are objective in their approach. ("Impact of Community Organization on Environmental Conservation in New Jersey" would likely be an analysis; "The ten best ways to run a community organization" is more likely to be an opinion.) Some book reviews may be scholarly, but even scholarly ones are also to be used sparingly and with care.
- And most importantly, works which are relevant to the topic you're working on. Even if it has all the right keywords and is scholarly, if the book or article has nothing to do with your topic, it's not going to help you. If it's an article in Art History Today on community development, it's likely off topic!
- There are other factors to consider as well.
Your instructor may ask you to read specific articles in the online New York times.
You can sign up for free online access to the New York Times through Drew Library's subscription:
http://nytimes.com/pass using your Drew email address.
The Washington Post offers free online content subscriptions to anyone with a .edu, .gov, or .mil email address. Follow these instructions to sign up:
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