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CESR 4440: Privacy in the Age of Facebook

This is the guide for CESR 4440, Privacy in the Age of Facebook. This guide contains resources to help you get started on your research.

  • Getting Started
  • Books
  • Newspapers &
  • Scholarly Articles &
    Law Resources
  • Ask Your
This guide can be used to find resources or to remember the research process, each tab can be used independently or as part of the whole process.

Useful Library Resources

  • How do I...?
    These guides provide quick tips on how to find books, cite resources, find data, and much more.
  • Off-Campus Access
    The resources mentioned on this guide will work through the Proxy server, but some databases listed on other pages will require use of the VPN, which you can find here.
  • Chinook, the library catalog
    While the majority of your research will be conducted in databases, you may want to check out the library catalog to see if there are any books, government reports or anything else that might be able to assist you in your papers.
Starting your Research

Think before you search! No matter which search tool you use (databases, Google, interviews), it always helps to have a search strategy. A little planning at the beginning of your research process will save time. Frame your search strategy in terms of the data pieces you will need.

As we work throughout the various resources, you will also want to think about some other questions, such as:

  • What types of information will you need in order to support your idea?
  • What might that information look like? Books? Newspaper articles? Law Reviews? Demographic trends?
  • Who might keep track of that data? The Census Bureau? Trade groups or professional associations? Marketers? Distributors? Regulatory agencies?
  • Is the data likely to be freely available or hidden in a database or even released at all?
  • Is there more than one keyword that could describe the concept?
Thinking of Terms

When conducting a search it is often good to break down your topic before you get started. You can use the Search Worksheet demonstrated in class for this.

Tips: Remember to think of your terms both broadly and narrowly. For example, if you are studying social media privacy, then that would be part of the broader online privacy trends. More narrowly you might focus in on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Finding Books

The library has two ways of searching the libraries collections, Chinook Classic and Chinook Plus. These resources have advantages and disadvantages, but both will connect you with the libraries books, journals, government reports and much more.

Some tips on searching the catalog:
  1. Chinook Plus has facets that allow you to easily focus in on a particular type of materials, say ebooks.
  2. Chinook Classic has stronger field searching, which allows you to more quickly find a known item.
  3. This is not a full-text search, therefore if you aren't finding what you are looking for think of other ways of expressing your topic.
  4. Subject headings are your friend. If you can find a subject term on your topic you can narrow in on exactly the resource you are interested in. For example, check out this this subject term list on Social Media.
Not finding what you are looking for? Check out Prospector or WorldCat for more materials on the state (Prospector) and international (WorldCat) level.

Finding Newspapers and Polling
There are a variety of sources to search for newspapers, trade and polling. The place to start is Find Articles & More. This resource lets you focus in quickly on the databases relevant to your topic.

Some possible areas to check out:

Finding Articles

The place to start when searching for articles is Find Articles & More. This resource lets you focus in quickly on the databases relevant to your topic.

Some possible areas of interest:

Some tips on article searching:
  1. When you are considering your topic, think of who else might might be interested in it. For example, say you are studying the rights of app users you would find the legal perspective in Law and Legislation, will find the company perspective in Business, and you could even find the app coder perspective in .
  2. Look for subject or descriptor terms in your database. Just like in Chinook, if you can find the subject term for your topic then you will get back more relevant results!
  3. If there is not full-text of your article in the database do NOT despair, look for a "Find it at CU" icon or link and that will lead you to a copy of the article (if we don't have a copy here use ILL to request a copy from another library).
Research and Subject Guides
This is a collection of all the guides to resources created by the libraries. Look here for more in-depth guides on a variety of topics that might be useful, such as Congress legislation and laws. Of special interest for this class might be the Data and Statistics page.

Need help citing your resources? Check out this guide.

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