ICSM Indy and Durable: Independent Media and Dependent Ecologies


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Library Instruction objectives:
​ 1. Find books using the library's catalog
 2. Execute requests for books and articles the library does not own using Interlibrary loan (ILL)
 3. Find scholarly (academic or peer reviewed) articles
 4. Discover that librarians create research guides that facilitate research; they can be contacted for assistance

Best Bets: Databases

Search for Ithaca news:
  • Ithaca Voice
    Local online newspaper for Ithaca, NY. Lauched: June, 2014
  • Ithaca Times
    The online edition of Ithaca's weekly paper. Current issue only.
  • Twithaca
Find your local newspaper:
  • Newslink
    Portal to newspapers, radio and t.v. stations, magazines, and international news. Can browse by state or search by city.  If you don't know the title of your local paper, use this to look it up.
  • Search the title of the newspaper under "Find a Journal" under the Articles tab of the library's homepage.
  • If your newspaper is not in a library database you are limited to using the newspaper's website.  Or, search for a larger metropolitan newspaper (ex. if you can't find the Bucks County Courier Times try the Philadelphia Inquirer).
  • Email Cathy if you need help!  I'll sit down and walk you through it.
Library Databases:
  • Alternative Press Index
    Index to articles in alternative news sources. Use to research topics that may not be well covered in the mainstream press; 1991 to current.
  • Black Newspapers
    Black Newspapers is a collection of current newspapers providing access to news from 1989 to the present,including Afro-American Red Star, Call & Post (A&I), Chicago Defender, Houston Post (A&I), Michigan Chronicle, Muslim Journal (A&I), New Journal & Guide (A&I), New York Amsterdam News, and the Los Angeles Sentinel.
  • Discover America's Story
    Discover America's Story focuses on small-town, rural, and local articles and reports on what is happening in-town and in-county while providing a local point of view on bigger issues such as state, regional, national politics and world affairs. The product is rich with articles relevant to geographic locations often under-reported or overlooked by mainstream news coverage such as natural resources, agriculture, land use, water rights and farming. Small-town news, op-ed, business, arts, government and life in general are covered well, plus published legal notices and obituaries are included.  [description from LexisNexis]
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Ethnic Newswatch is a full-text collection of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Contents include African American, Arab and Middle Eastern, Asian American, European, Jewish, and Native American publications, including the Spanish-language press.
  • GenderWatch
    GenderWatch is a full-text database containing 140 international publications plus reports, pamphlets, papers and conference proceedings devoted to women's and gender issues. It is a repository of materials on gender issues worldwide, the evolution of the women's movement, and the changes in gender roles over the last twenty years.
  • GreenFILE
    An index drawing on the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. GreenFILE provides a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the environment. Nearly 300,000 records (full text for selected titles) from scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports.
  • LGBT life with Full Text
    World's literature regarding Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender issues. (Was GLBT Life with Full Text)

Books by Subject

​By clicking on one of the subjects, below, you'll find every book in Ithaca College library that is about that particular subject.  Books can be in print or online from Ebrary.  If they are online, click the "GET IT" arrow:

**Search globalization and localism as keywords -- there are not good subjects on these concepts!

Books that look at the social aspects of subjects:
Additional book subjects: Accessing books the library does not own: Use the database WorldCat via FirstSearch
WorldCat via FirstSearch provides bibliographic information for over 41 million books and multimedia owned by libraries worldwide.
  Books will be borrowed by snail mail. You will receive an alert to pick up the book at the Circulation Desk in the library with your student ID card.  Loan periods tend to be about one month.

Media Ecology & Culture

Definition:  Books by Author: Articles Journals: Websites:
  • Alternative Press Center Online Directory
  • Center for Social Media & Social Impact
    School of Communication, American University. CSM is an organization that uses media for social action. The site includes many free documents including the Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication, Honest Truths: Documentary Filmmakers on Ethical Challenges in Their Work, Code of Best Practices for Sustainable Filmmaking, and Clipping Our Own Wings: Copyright and Creativity in Communication Research.  See the "Documents" page for additional resources.
  • Digital Media Law Project
    Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University. Assists citizen media creators navigate legal issues & risks.
  • Critical Commons : For Fair & Critical Participation in Media Culture
    This non-profit site supports teaching and research by hosting media clips that can be used for classroom instruction.  Faculty can add clips with commentary for class instruction by registering on the site as an advanced user.  Students who register as basic users can create links and post comments to videos.
  • Denver Open Media (DOM)
    Organization that trains and disseminates citizen media video.  Here is their vision statement.
  • freepress
    Organization that advocates for media reform.  
  • Journalism that Matters
    Community of media innovators that gather to discuss the changing ecology of news production and dissemination.
  • Media Ecology Association (MEA)
    Association that studies media ecology which is, "the relationships between media, consciousness, and culture in interdisciplinary, philosophical and historical contexts to examine our technological society."
  • Media History Digital Library
    A non-profit initiative dedicated to digitizing collections of classic media periodicals about cinema, broadcasting, and recorded sound. Collections feature extensive runs of several important trade papers and fan magazines.  
  • Media that Matters
    Stream video from the Arts Engine's Media that Matters film festival.  The festival features short videos on issues of the day. Learn more here.
  • Pew Internet & American Life Project
    From the website, "The Project produces reports exploring the impact of the internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life. "
  • Prelinger Archives
    Over 48,000 films, 90 old time radio audio clips, 2,000 game videos, 250 independent news clips and much more (including educational films, cimmercials, stock footage, advertisements and industry films)

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Cathy Michael

Communications Librarian
(607) 274-1293

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Big Media

For a sense of Convergence, Big Media, and "Who Owns the Media" go to: freepress's "Who Owns the Media?", Columbia Journalism Review's "Who Owns What", or AdAge Data Center's "Media Family Trees".  Additional information can be found in LexisNexis's Company Dossier or Business Insights: Essentials .


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