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This guide will provide information to help you work on your classroom assignment: an academic research paper that performs a semiotic analysis of an advertisement or advertising campaign.

Logging on to Library Databases from home

Select a database for your research. Use your Bucks username and password to log into the database, It's the same one you use to log onto the campus computers.

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MLA Citations

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Other Citation Helpers:

Annotated Bibliography

Peer-Reviewed/Academic Source

Academic sources are articles from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals, or articles published by academic presses.

How do I know if a publication is scholarly?

Here are some clues:

  • Who is the author? Look for authors with advanced degrees with lots of experience in their field. They are often affiliated with a university or other institution.
  • Who is the publisher? Look for sources published by a university press or a scholarly association.
  • Are there cited sources? Look for a bibliography or list of references and review to check the quality of those sources.
  • Check the content of the source. The publication should be written for an academic audience using terminology appropriate for the discipline. Always evaluate your source for accuracy and bias.


Database searching

You will check appropriate databases within EBSCOhost for your search.

I suggest:

  • Academic Search Premier
  • Business Source Premier
  • Communication Mass Media Complete

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