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Introduction to Media History
When Old Media were New Project
Your assignment stipulates:
- Pck an old medium or old media technology (e.g.: Windows operating system, radio, the fax machine, colour television)
- Fnd the earliest references to it that you can, and this may include:
- newspaper or magazine accounts
- screen-based media
- academic sources (aka scholarly or peer-reviewed)
Suggested research steps:
- Go to the Communication Studies Subject Guide
- Click on the Communication Studies @ ProQuest database link
- At the top menu bar, click the Databases link and at the next page "Select All" (checkbox), then Use Selected Databases
- NOTE: Change the default search drop-down at right from "Anywhere except full text" to "Anywhere"
- Don't type in a question; instead, type in the name of your medium or old media technology, e.g. Sony AND Betamax
- Change the "Sorted by" dropdown menu at left from "most recent first" to "oldest first"
- Your first set of results will have all source types:
- To see only older newspaper articles, select "Source type = Historical Newspapers"
- You can also select Magazines, Trade Journals, Wire Feeds, and many other sources to see the historical discussion around your media/technology
- To view Scholarly (academic) articles:
- at left menu, Limit to = "Peer reviewed", Select "Source type = Scholarly Journals" and "Document type = Article"
- Consider using Corporate Annual Reports, e.g. internet search on Sony Annual Report 1975 (for the Betamax)
- Other Annual Reports are included in ProQuest's Historical Annual Reports database, included in the "All databases" search above
- For video, consider using one of our Online video databases, especially Films On Demand, or Filmakers Llibrary Online.
- If your topic is more complex, such as television, consider getting a better understanding through a general book on the history of your medium or technology