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VIC323 : Theories of the Sign

This guide is intended to assist students in Professor Snezana Brajovic's course, 2012-2013.

Subscription-based Resources - Quick Links

Research Guides and Subject Guides can help you to identify relevant article-databases for your topic

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Humanities Abstracts  --Ebsco

MLA (Modern Language Association)  --Proquest*

Francis --Proquest*

LLBA (Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts) --Proquest*

*Proquest resources can be simultaneously or individually

Finding Journal Articles

Search Tips:

Sample Topic: film and semiotics

  • use synonyms and variant endings of keywords
    --film or motion pictures
  • use truncation or wildcard symbols
    --semiotic* and film*
  •  use DEscriptors or Subjects

What is a Scholarly Article?

You can use Ulrich's Periodical Directory Online to verify whether a journal is peer-reviewed/refereed (the epitome of a scholarly publication)

For more info:

Evaluate Articles

Examples of Evaluation Criteria:

CRAAP Test - click on Evaluate Information (by Meriam Library - California State University, Chico)

Evaluate this article:

"The King in Lear" A Semiotic for Communal Adaptation." The American Journal of Semiotics 3.2 (1984):56-76

  • Is the article scholarly?
  • Is the article CRAAP?
  • Is it available in print or electronic format at UTL?