RESOURCES: ComS 100B Critical Analysis of Messages
Free on-line assistance for research,  writing, outlining, and documenting sources.  Make use of these links!

NOTE: If you don't have a SACLINK account, please get one immediately. (You cannot use some of these resources
if you are using aol, hotmail, yahoo, etc.)
To get an account, go to   Create a dial-in connection with Saclink and use it to access the web when doing your assignments.

Research Resources

CSUS On-Line Databases and Periodical Indexes with access to Eureka (the book catalogue)

Communication Studies LibGuides

The International Encyclopedia of Communication (Click "Connect to resource online"; you may need to sign in to Saclink for the link to work.)

American Rhetoric

Analytical Resources

American Communication Journal (click "Archives")

Public Journal of Semiotics (Click "current issues" and "past issues" buttons on left side of screen)

"Silva Rhetoricae"
This online rhetoric, provided by Dr. Gideon Burton of Brigham Young University, is a guide to the terms
of classical and renaissance rhetoric. This site is intended to help beginners, as well as experts, make sense of
rhetoric, both on the small scale (definitions and examples of specific terms) and on the large scale (the purposes
of rhetoric, the patterns into which it has fallen historically as it has been taught and practiced for 2000+ years). 
This unique site allows you to search for specific symbols you may run across in texts you are analyzing.  This URL
links you directly to the graphic search profile.  For other options for searching the database, check the matrix in the
upper right part of the screen.  The database is quite large, but, of course, the universe of symbols is larger.  Therefore,
you may need to do some "creative browsing"  to find what you are looking for.  Nevertheless, it is endlessly fascinating.
Have fun!

"Stephen's Guide to Logical Fallacies"
Fallacies are described in short paragraphs; lots of examples provided.
I suggest you sign-in so you can make use of the resources available within the site such as the search engine.

Writing Resources

Video Writing Tutorial for people with common writing problems (and a sense of humor) [only 3' 45"]

Style Guides:
A "style guide" gives you direction on how to properly and systematically give credit to those who provide ideas you are using in your work.
If you borrow an idea that is helpful to you in developing your own ideas and arguments, you must give credit to them and a style guide tells
you when, where and how to do so in your essays.  You will use the American Psychological Association (APA) style guide, 6th edition, for your work in this course.

APA Flash Video Tutorials (very good) [I recommend slides 13-26 in particular.]

APA Crib Sheet, 6th ed. (PDF)

APA Headings Cheatsheet

APA Summary

APA Style Blog  This is a new resource that is very helpful.  Use the search bar to find topics.

Purdue University Owl link:

University of Wisconsin link:

How to Revise

Understanding Editing Marks on Drafts

CSUS Campus Writing Center

CSUS Writing Handbook

On-line Help for Writing Academic Papers

This is a handy site. I recommend you use the Social Sciences tab--that's where you'll find communication 
studies resources.
A part of the webster.commnet site above, this portion is specifically devoted to technical concerns
of appropriate, and precise writing.  It provides help at the sentence, paragraph and essay levels of writing.
This is an extensive set of handouts explaining everything from how to use a comma to how to write an essay.
The listing is thorough and easy to use.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to "enter."  You will then find an alphabetical list of common writing
errors explained in brief notes.  Easy to use.
If you can't think of a word you want, but you can describe to what it relates, OneLook's reverse dictionary
 lets you describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept.

Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial