Secondary Sources include books, magazines, journals and newspapers which contain articles discussing various laws, regulations and various related issues. Why use them? Secondary Sources often:
Some reference encyclopedias you may want to consider browsing through to get a feel for your topic, more definitions, and other important background information include:
Museum of Broadcast Communications: Encyclopedia of Television – Ref. PN 1992 .I8 M874 1997
Museum of Broadcast Communications: Encyclopedia of Radio – Ref. TK 6544 .M84 2004
Note: All of these encyclopedias are secondary sources, but they may lead you to primary sources such as Acts of Congress and other laws, federal regulations, court cases and other government documents (congressional hearings, etc.)
Find Secondary Sources using the following suggested databases: (others may also work, too )
Communication and Mass Media Complete, Academic Search Complete and ABI/Inform Global are examples of journal databases, and will provide access to both popular press and scholarly journal articles. To view only scholarly articles in these databases, be sure to select the “Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Journals” limiter on the search page.
Primary sources provide first-hand, original information. Primary sources may include, but are not limited to laws and legislation, Acts of Congress, court cases, rules and regulations, government documents (such as congressional hearings), etc.