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Arts Administration I: Researching Topics in Books, Journals, & Newspapers

Evaluate Your Sources

Evaluate your journal sources

Choose scholarly/peer reviewed/refereed journals.

Evaluate your book sources

Look for Book Reviews (book reviews are published in journals):

JStor Advanced Search  Type the title of the book in search box.  Narrow by: Item type=Reviews.

Boston University Libraries Search Box Type the full title of a book, e.g., Arts & economics : analysis & cultural policy,  The first result is the book itself. The following results are reviews of the book. Check for additional reviews using Material Type=Reviews.

Not every book will have been reviewed.

Evaluate your website sources

 Evaluating Information Found on the Internet (Johns Hopkins)

Cite Your Sources


Cite Your Sources

Why cite?
1. to recognize and credit an author’s work and ideas
2. to enable the reader of your paper to find the article (or book, etc.) and read it
3. to  avoid possible copyright and plagiarism problems
4. the citation formatting guides below are from the Purdue [University] Online Writing Lab (OWL).

Bibliographic Managers

Most databases, as well as BULS (Boston University Libraries Search) and Google Scholar, let you “Send” or “Export” your selected search results to a bibliographic manager such as Refworks which converts the results into citations according to the citation style required by your professor.  For a list of popular programs, see Create Bibliographies.

Citation Style Guides

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University provides excellent web pages describing three basic citation styles:

APA (American Psychological Association) Formatting and Style Guide

Chicago Manual of Style

MLA (Modern Language Association) Formatting and Style Guide


Your professor will review plagiarism with you.  The website below offer examples of how to paraphrase and cite the original source.

Avoid Plagiarism, University of Arizona Libraries