TSEM102: Virtual Worlds and Society: Impacts of Online Interaction (BRAMAN)

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arrow pointing rightDeveloping Your Topic
Cook OneSearch more information

 Cook OneSearch searches across the Library's collections for a variety of resources. It's a great place to  see the variety of resources available on a topic. Do a simple search for virtual worlds to get started on picking your topic.

Films on Demand: Virtual Worlds Playlist more information

These videos may give you some ideas of topics you would like to research.

arrow pointing rightFinding Scholarly Articles
Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) more information

This database covers a variety of disciplines, making it a great place to start your research on most subjects related to virtual worlds. From here, you may decide to use one of the discipline-specific databases listed below.

To retrieve articles from scholarly journals, check the Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals checkbox.

Use the Find It button to check other databases for the full-text of an article.

Business Source Complete (EBSCO) more information

Use this database to find articles related to business aspects of virtual worlds. Topics include user behavior, virtual world design, virtual economies, and collaboration.

Subjects: virtual reality, shared virtual environments, virtual work teams

Communication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCO) more information

This database contains research articles related to new communication technologies, like virtual worlds. Most articles in this database come from journals in the communication studies discipline. Topics include learning, social interactions and communication in VWs.

Education Research Complete (EBSCO) more information

Use this databases to find articles about how virtual worlds are used within education. Topics include virtual worlds as an instruction uses, simulation, pedagogy, and impact on learning.

Subjects: virtual reality in education, computer simulation, shared virtual environments

SocINDEX with Full Text (EBSCO) more information

Use this database to find scholarly articles related to the social aspects of virtual worlds. Some topics covered in here include identity, criminal behavior (deviance), friendships/relationships, and social interactions.

Subject terms: virtual reality, virtual communities, computer simulation

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IEEE Digital Library more information

This database contains the full-text to 27 IEEE magazines and transactions, as well as a growing collection of conference proceedings.  The advanced search option is recommended for searching this database.

ACM Digital Library more information

Be sure to use the Advanced Search.  There is also a Guide to the Computing Literature, which will allow you to browse for articles by subject, rather than having to search.

ScienceDirect more information

ScienceDirect includes over 2,500 full text journals  and 20,000 books covering all aspects of science - including life sciences, physical sciences and social sciences.

Terms and Conditions: http://www.elsevier.com/legal/elsevier-website-terms-and-conditions

arrow pointing rightSearching the Web
Cook Library Approved Website Search Engine more information

Search high quality resources on the web using the Library's Custom Search Engine.

Cook Library's Guide to the Web more information

Web resources that are appropriate for a research paper are different than what you might use in everyday life. This page offers guidance for searching the web, including criteria for evaluating information found on the web. If you are using web resources, follow these criteria to determine if the resources you've found are appropriate for a research paper.


arrow pointing rightBooks
WorldCat TU more information

You can use WorldCat TU to find a lot of different types of resources, but it is best for finding books.  It will find items that we have here at Towson, as well as books available at other University System of Maryland (USMAI) libraries, and books from all over the world.  The books available at Towson will show up first in your search results.

After searching, be sure to use the filters on the left side to refine your search by topic, date, or format (i.e. books, articles, etc.).

Get the call number and location information for the item in order to find it in the Library.  For books owned by USMAI libraries, use the 'Request Item' button to get it.

ebrary Academic Complete more information

This database contains a large number of ebooks on various topics in computer science, information systems, and technology. Searches can be performed at either the title level or the chapter level. The full text of all books are available and searchable.  Try a simple search for virtual worlds to see what is available.

arrow pointing rightPlagiarism and Citing Sources
OWL: Avoiding Plagiarism more information

Use this site to learn more about plagiarism, including tips on how to detect and avoid it.

Purdue's Online Writing Lab for APA style more information

This is a great reference to use when putting together your citations.  Remember, the final authority for your citations is your professor.

TSEM102: Virtual Worlds and Society: Impacts of Online Interaction (BRAMAN) / Albert S. Cook Library
Last revised: February 24, 2014