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Mass Media and Journalism: Books

In this guide you will find a sampling of many types of research resources on the topics of media and journalism.

Books - General

Clicking on the links below will take you to the online catalog, (SWAN), listing for the book.  This record will tell you the "Location", "Call #", and "Status" of the book.

Location = The library and department that the book is located in.  This is important because there are several libraries that make up the Missouri State University Libraries.  The items owned by all of these libraries are included in the SWAN Catalog.

Call # = This is sort of like the address for a book, where it sits on the shelf.  Make sure you either print the record or write down the entire call number.  If  you don't find the book come to the Reference and Government Information Desk for help.  Also, we use a different call number system than you may be used to from your high school or public libraries.  We can help you with that too.

      Status = Whether the book is in and available or not.

      Available means it should be on the shelf.

      Due followed by a date means someone has checked out the book until the date listed.

      Missing is sort of self-explanatory.

If the catalog indicates a book is available and you don't find it on the shelf, come to the Reference and Government Information Desk for help.

* = New  2014 -

** = Online

*** = Primary Resource

Reference Books

Important Note!

These books must be used here in the library.  See the other reference tools the library has in our online resources under "Find Articles".

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Grace Jackson-Brown
Missouri State University
Duane G. Meyer Library
Springfield, Missouri

The Online Catalog/SWAN



To find more books and other materials like this go to the Libraries' online catalog called SWAN.  (This stands for Southwest Academic Network)  Just click here.  You can search the catalog by author, title subject or keyword. You can do a quick search from the "Search the Library Catalog" text box or click on "Books, Music, Media, etc." under the "Find" heading.  This link provides a bit more instruction on how to formulate your search.  You may also want to look especially at the "Keyword" search page.  Here you can learn different ways to organize words or terms to make your search more precise, especially Boolean operators.