Thank you for visiting the COM4114 Library Guide! This guide will get you started with library research and introduce the tools and skills to research for resources in crisis communication.
If you'd like to learn or review information research skills in detail, you can download the slides here:
Use our CityU LibraryFind to find books, audiovisual materials, dissertations, journal titles, articles and more, collected by the Library.
The default scope is Books, Media & Articles+. You may select other scopes, such as Books & Media+ and Articles+, to suit your needs. To get started with CityU LibraryFind, refer to the Getting Started Tips.
On the result page, you can narrow the search results by Availability, Resource Type, or other options under Refine My Results (on the right side of screen).
Refer to this short video for more.
Use CityU LibraryFind to find articles of academic journals, magazines and newspapers collected by the Library.
After a search in the Articles+ scope via the search box above, simply refine your search results by:
Note: If you are conducting your search from off-campus, remember to sign-in CityU LibraryFind in order to view full search results (some databases show results only when you have signed in as CityU staff or students).
If you can't find articles on your topic, you may want to try one of the following databases recommended for Communication students:
To learn more about selecting the appropriate library databases to use, refer to this short video.
Company information can be found in two ways:
Click Company Information in the top menu OR
Click More in the top menu, then click Company Profiles
How to cite:
MarketLine Report (year). Company Profile: Company Name. Retrieved month, date year from Business Source Complete database.
MarketLine Report (2014). Company Profile: Apple Inc. Retrieved January 16, 2015 from Business Source Complete database.
(Note: MarketLine is the name of the company that produces the profiles you will find in Business Source Complete)
Search the company name from the homepage.
Click Full Text - PDF to read the report straight away, or click the Check@CityULib button to find the report in a different database. Refer to the following screenshot for an example.
How to cite:
Hoover's, Inc. (year). Name of company: Company profile. Retrieved month, date year from Business Market Research Collection database.
Hoover's, Inc. (2018). Nike Inc: Company profile. Retrieved April 23, 2018 from Business Market Research Collection database.
Recommended Library resources for finding information on local and international governments:
Searching the internet for government information:
Use Google's Site Search to limit your search to only government websites.
For example: entering the search terms transport site:gov.hk will retrieve resources with the keyword 'transport' only from HK government websites.
Refer to the following screen shot for an example:
For up-to-the-minute social commentary on a topic, try these social media tools:
What makes Reddit unique, and useful for your assignment, is that is operates on a system of 'reddiquette' (Reddit + etiquette) whereby users are encouraged to cite sources to support their arguments. This is accompanied by a voting system that allows users to 'up-vote' particular posts. To search, simply use the search bar in the top right hand corner. No log in is required.
DON'T FORGET! You need to reference social media sources just as you would scholarly sources. Consult the APA style blog article How to Cite Social Media in APA Style for instructions.