Refining your research focus
To complete the next step of your Interpersonal Communication Literature Review, you'll need to look at that article's bibliography to find three more resources related to your topic. Here are some tips and suggestions to help you through the process.
Identifying resource types
When looking at the article's bibliography, you may see entire books being cited, or book chapters. When listed in a bibliography, book chapters look very similar to journal articles. To tell the difference, in the citations, look for a publisher and city.
Another good indicator is the presence of an editor or editors (Ed. or Eds.).
Clark, M.S., & Beck, L.A. (2011). Initiating and evaluating close relationships: A task central to emerging adults. In F.D. Fincham, & M. Cui (Eds.) Romantic Relationships in Emerging Adulthood (pp. 190-212). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
In citations following APA style, another good indicator is the presence of a digital object identifier (DOI).
Aubrey, J. S., Rhea, D. M., Olson, L. N., & Fine, M. (2013). Conflict and control: Examining the association between exposure to television portraying interpersonal conflict and the use of controlling behaviors in romantic relationships. Communication Studies, 64(1), 106-124. doi:10.1080/10510974.2012.731465
Locating the resources
If the book is only available through I-Share, and you have never requested a book before, you may wish to watch the following Cardinal Research Minute tutorials:
- Again on the library's homepage, type the article title into the CardinalSearch search box, then click "Search." On the results page, scroll through to locate the article. You may need to add the author's name to your search to narrow your results.
- Work through the process described in this Cardinal Research Minute video tutorial.
If the article is not available in full-text through our databases (you'll see the "Get Article" button), you will need to request it through Interlibrary Loan. If you have never requested an article before, follow the steps in this tutorial to do so.