Lynch, T., Tompkins, J., van Driel, I., and Fritz, N. . "Sexy, strong, and secondary: A content analysis of female characters in video games across 31 years". Journal of Communication, Vol. 66, pp. 564-584.
Perreault, M., Perreault-Pearson, G., Jenkins, J., and Morrison, A. . "Depictions of Female Protagonists in Digital Games: A Narrative Analysis of 2013 DICE Award-Winning Digital Games". Games and Culture, Vol. 13, pp. 843-860.
To find peer-reviewed articles
- Start at the Communication Studies Subject Guide
- Start with Communication Studies @EBSCOhost or the Communication Studies @ ProQuest database bundles
- make sure you select the Scholarly or Peer-reviewed check box on the search page of the database to limit to scholarly articles
- Don't limit yourself to only 1 database; if results are not what you are needing, try another e.g. ProQuest
- Learn about different resource types:
- Break your research question down into specific concepts and subject terms; don't enter a question directly into a database
- E.g., don't search for the exact question "What are the ramifications of using online social networking, such as Twitter and Facebook, in a political context?"
- Instead, look for specific terms and link them together, e.g. "social media" OR "online social network" OR Facebook OR Twitter
- Use " " to search an exact phrase
- Use a * at the end of a word to search for all letter combinations (wildcard)
- The “AND” operator indicates the term must be included in our search
- Scan the abstracts for related subject headings (e.g. Social Media, Social Networks in EBSCO)
- Add related terms using “OR” e.g. "social media" OR "social networks" - searches for both phrases
Finding scholarly books or book chapters
Use the Omni to identify books at Laurier, the Universities of Waterloo and Guelph, and the Annex
- Use the Advanced search:
- select Books & ebooks as the Resource Type from the drop down menu at right side
- Like searching for articles (above) break your search up into specific concepts, e.g. "social media" AND politic* AND revolution OR uprising
- When using operators to connect terms remember Omni is case sensitive; type AND instead of and; other databases are not
- Use the Subject filter on results to find additional subject terms for books to add to your search
- Click Subject drop down at left side of page; narrow and specify results by checking subjects that are relevant, then click APPLY FILTERS button
How do I know if a book is scholarly?
- Watch our video (3 min.) to learn how to distinguish scholarly books from popular books and other non-scholarly material.
Additional book search tips
- If you're not finding enough results, your search may be too narrow
- Broaden your search to a more general level, e.g. for the above example, you could look for the exact subject Social Media Political Aspects
- Many of our books have individual chapters that may cover your topic (you don't have to read the entire book):
- Use the Details tab to look for individual chapter information
- Check the facets at the left of the results page for useful subject headings
- If you've never looked for books on the shelves at Laurier, learn about our call numbers
- Floor plans for locating books
- Requesting books from other libraries (note videos)