COMICS AND READABILITY AND OTHER THINGS,

OH MY!

MaryAnn Doty Rizzo's Writings In Areas Concerned with Library Skills

 

This page provides access to my books that librarians might be interested in.

The first three are on the readability levels of four comic books: Superman, Wonder Woman, The Fantastic Four, and The Amazing Spider-man.

The next two are on cataloguing using on-line databases.

Four Readability Tests on Four Comic Books is a quantative study on the readability levels of four comic books over a span of 12 issues. I performed four readability tests and one interest test on 12 issues of each of four super hero comic books: Wonder Woman, Superman, Fantastic Four, and The Amazing Spider-Man. It was originally done as part of a masters program in librarianship in 1977. One additional readability test was added in the update. The four readability tests were: Fry, Flesh, Dale-Chall, and the Fesch-Kincaid tests. In addition, the Flesch Reading Interest test was performed on each issue.

This book provides a solid, quantitative explanation for the use of comic books in schools and for their existence in libraries. It also provides the framework for further study on other forms of literature.

The result of this study was that these 48 issues resulted in a readability level between 3rd and 12th grades, with an average readability level of 8th grade.

It is available from CreateSpace for $40. It is printed in a color format, which accounts for the cost of the book. It has 188 pages and a full report on the data figures and equations that resulted in the final conclusion. To access this site, click on the picture of the cover of the book or on the title listed above.

New Readability Tests on Four Superheroes in Comic Book Collections will be a quantative study on the readability levels of four superheroes over a span of 12 issues. It is planned for completion sometime after August 2012.

This study is different from the 1977 study (see above). It uses computer software to create the readability test results, which will be taken from trade book versions of the comic book issues. So, this study will be replicable and capable of duplication for verification.

The superheroes selected are the same from the 1977 study, Wonder Woman, Superman, Fantastic Four, and the Amazing Spider-man.The results for these tests will then be compared to the results for the 1977 study.

The four readability tests will be: Fry, Flesch, Dale-Chall, and the Flesch-Kincaid tests.

This book will provide a solid, quantitative explanation for the use of comic books in schools and for their existence in libraries. This updated version will present an argument for using the collected books in the library and in school. As such, suggestions for uses in school and curriculum tie-ins will be available at this site. I expect to have lesson plans available on this site by late December.

The cost for this book will be determined after it is completed. It will be in color and measure 8.5x11. However, it's price will be based on the number of pages, which is currently unknown.

Computerized Readability Tests on Four Comic Books is an update on Four Readability Tests on Four Comic Books. It takes the twenty-nine issues from that study and performs the computerized readability tests used in New Readability Tests on Four Superhero Comic Book Collections.

The issues included four Superman issues, one Wonder Woman issue, and all twelve issues of the Fantastic Four and The Amazing Spiderman. I performed four readability tests on each of these twenty-nine issues. The four readability tests were: Fry, Flesch, Dale-Chall, and the Flesch-Kincaid tests.

The two computer programs that assess readability that I used were: Word Counter and Readability Studio Professional Edition.

This book provides a solid, quantitative explanation for the use of comic books in schools and for their existence in libraries. It also provides the framework for further study on other forms of literature.

The result of this study was that these 29 issues resulted in a readability level between the 2.9 and 11.5 grade level for the computerized part of the study, with an average readability level of 6.37, which is within 101% of the results of the 1977 study.

It is available from CreateSpace for $25. It is printed in a color format, which accounts for the cost of the book. It has 86 pages. Its size is 8.5x11. To access this site, click on the picture of the cover of the book or on the title listed above.

 

 

Cataloguing for Stuckees, Volume One is an update of a book by the same title that I wrote in 2000. Volume one explains the three basic areas, which can be used to obtain information placed into a computerized on-line card catalog system.

The three areas are: catalog cards, MARC records, and the item itself.

This book is designed for those with little or no cataloguing background who are "stuck" with maintaining and updating an on-line database system for a library. It is system generic.

It will be available from CreateSpace for $35. It is printed in a color format, which accounts for the cost of the book. It currently has 156 pages. Its size is 8.5x11. To access this site, click on the picture of the cover of the book or on the title listed above.

It should be available by the end of December 2012.

Cataloguing for stuckees, volume two is an update of a book by the same title that I wrote in 2000. Volume two explains how to put the information that you obtained from the three areas into the database that you have.

The three areas are: catalog cards, MARC records, and independently. A chapter on how to verify and sync the information that you obtained with the information already in your database system is also included.

This book is designed for those with little or no cataloguing background who are "stuck" with maintaining and updating an on-line database system for a library. It is system generic.

It will be available from CreateSpace. It is currently priced at $35. It is printed in a color format, which accounts for the cost of the book. It currently has 136 pages. If the page number changes, the price will also change. Its size is 8.5x11. To access this site, click on the picture of the cover of the book or on the title listed above.

It should be available by the end of December 2012.

Cataloguing for Stuckees: All in one has volume one and two in one book. It is designed for the person who needs help with everything. Volume one explains the three basic areas, which can be used to obtain information placed into a computerized on-line card catalog system.

The three areas are: catalog cards, MARC records, and the item itself.

Volume two explains how to put the information that you obtained from the three areas into the database that you have.

The three areas are: catalog cards, MARC records, and independently. A chapter on how to verify and sync the information that you obtained with the information already in your database system is also included.

This book is designed for those with little or no cataloguing background who are "stuck" with maintaining and updating an on-line database system for a library. It is system generic.

It will be available from CreateSpace for $50. It is printed in a color format, which accounts for the cost of the book. It currently has 280 pages. The price may change if the number of pages change significantly. Its size is 8.5x11. To access this site, click on the picture of the cover of the book or on the title listed above.

   

Connections for the computerized readability studies:

Comparison of the Dale Chall Word lists (an excel formated document);

New conversion scale (two pages in .jpg format) for the Dale-Chall New Readability Test:

7 to 16 sentences per 100 words

17 to 24 sentences per 100 words

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Lesson plans.

 

   

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