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Resources

Below you will find links to resources related to the discipline. If you find a site that you believe should be included in this collection of resources, be sure to let us know.

Semiotics

  • Semiotics and the MediaCreated by Tom Streeter, this site contains a hypertext essay that explains how semiotics is used to analyze advertising, the media, and contemporary culture.

Composition

  • Purdue University Online Writing LabAlso known as "OWL," Purdue's online writing lab is an excellent resource for writers. It offers handouts and materials covering everything from grammar to MLA style and documentation.
  • Bartleby.com
    An extensive resource, this site contains an abundance of searchable references, from the American Heritage Dictionary to Simpson's Contemporary Quotations.

Advertising

  • Absolut AdThis well-designed and well-organized site offers an extensive collection of Absolut ads, as well as spoofs of the popular campaign.
  • Ad AccessMaintained by Duke University, Ad Access offers images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed between 1911 and 1955.
  • Ad FlipHailed as the "world's largest archive of classic print and magazine ads," Ad Flip offers an extensive collection of advertisements from the 1940s through today.
  • ADSlogansThis site offers a large database of advertising slogans, catchphrases, straplines, claims, end lines, and taglines.
  • AdbustersThrough creative resistance, this not-for-profit magazine seeks to change "the way we interact with the mass media and the way in which meaning is produced in our society."
  • MemefestTired of "radical doses of branding and commercial information," this site offers a collection of user-submitted anti-ad art.
  • Truth in Advertising: Vintage Cigarette and Tobacco Ads
    An excellent resource for charting the change in tobacco advertising, this site offers a collection of 1940's and 1950's cigarette and tobacco ads.

Television & Film

  • ABC.com offers network information and details about such shows as 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, The Bachelor, and The Bachelorette.
  • CBS.com offers network information and details about such shows as CSI, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Survivor.
  • FOX.com offers network information and details about such shows as American Idol, That '70s Show, and Temptation Island.
  • History of Reality TelevisionIn an attempt to account for the success of shows like Survivor, this piece takes a look at the history of reality-based programming.
  • Internet Movie Database
    This extensive database offers film summaries and cast information as well as actor biographies, filmographies, and photos.
  • NBC.com offers network information and details about such shows as Ed, Friends, Scrubs, and Will and Grace.
  • Rotten Tomatoes: A database of reviews from the nation's top critics, this site offers a unique rating system that assigns films "fresh" or "rotten" ratings based on critical consensus.

Music

  • Capitol Records: This site offers news about and previews of such artists as Coldplay, Radiohead, The Dandy Warhols, Snoop Dogg, Jane's Addiction, and Dirty Vegas.
  • Eminem--The Official Site: This official site of the controversial rapper includes news, tour information, audio, video, forums, and more.
  • Launch offers a large collection of music videos, streaming radio, artist information, exclusive live performances, and interviews.
  • MTV.com offers music news and reviews, television show details, a database of bands, streaming music, and more.
  • Sony Music: The home of Columbia, Epic, and other associated recording labels, this site offers news about and previews of such artists as Bow Wow, Jessica Simpson, and John Mayer.
  • Virgin Records: This site offers news about and previews of such artists as The Rolling Stones, Lenny Kravitz, Norah Jones, Ben Harper, and Gang Starr.

Sports and American Culture

  • ESPN.com offers sports news, scores, fantasy games, chats, opinion, and more.
  • Gender Equity and Sports: Maintained by the Univeristy of Iowa, this site offers coverage of Title IX, including an overview, lawsuits, related actions, and resources.
  • National Basketball Association (NBA): The official site of the NBA, this site offers links to all of the major teams, stats, news, schedules, standings, highlights, and more.
  • Major League Baseball (MLB)The official site of the MLB, this site offers links to all of the major teams, stats, news, schedules, standings, and more.
  • National Football League (NFL): The official site of the NFL, this site offers news, stats, standings, teams and players, logos, and more.
  • PGA Tour: This site offers golf scores, news, statistics, schedules, and player information for the PGA, Champions, Nationwide, LPGA, and European Tours.
  • SI.com: The product of CNN and Sports Illustrated, this site offers comprehensive sports coverage, including news, scores, opinion, and more.