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Key Communication Databases
Communication & Mass Media Complete
Indexes communication and mass-media related journals. Many of the journals are included from their first issues to the present, dating as far back as 1915.
PsycINFO is the core indexing and abstracting service covering psychology and the related disciplines
Web of Science
Massive collection of scholarly materials covers virtually all topic areas. Content, including articles, proceedings, and more, is pulled from various collections and is cross-searchable.
Other Relevant Databases
Depending on your specific topic, it is likely that you will need to explore specialized databases from other discipline areas.
Explore The Database List highlighted on the Library's home page for hundreds of options! Sample databases are below.
Business Source Premier
Good database for research on workplace communication.
Multisubject database with very diverse content.
Includes full text articles from U.S. and international newspaper resources; legal information, including federal and state cases, laws, and regulations; landmark cases; patent searching; law review articles, and international cases and laws; company information, including market and industry information; and biographical articles. Online tutorials for this new name and interface for Nexis Uni are available to help you search. Previously named LexisNexis Academic. Online tutorials to help you search.Note: Some users have reported that their Advanced Options drop down looks distorted, i.e., stretched out to the right and beyond the boundary of the Advanced Options box. This problem will be addressed if you clear your browser cache and close and re-open your browser.
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
Specialized database for linguistics and languages.
Sage Journals Online
One of the main publishers in the social science and communication fields.
Citations and abstracts for journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, association papers and reviews in sociology, social science and policy science.
Your Search: Finding RELEVANT Articles
First, organize your research topic into concepts. Concepts are typically nouns or noun phrases.
- For example, if you are researching the influence of social media on teenagers's communication with their peers, your concepts would be
- social media
- communication with peers
Using a databases's Advanced Search, enter each concept and its synonyms into a separate search line.
- "social media" OR Facebook OR instagram OR pinterest OR reddit OR snapchat OR twitter
- teen* OR adolescen*
- "peer communication" OR "interpersonal communication"
Use quotation marks around phrases, these are typically noun phrases that you would find a definition of in a dictionary.
- "social media"
- "peer communication"
Use * for truncation.
- teen* will find teen, teens, teenager, teenagers, teenaged
Limit to peer-reviewed articles if necessary.
Limit by date if necessary.
Too many or too few results?
- Use the thesaurus or Subject Index to find related, broader, narrower, and similar terms OR specific terms that the databases uses to describe a topic.
- Too many results? Use a narrower term.
- Too few results? Use a broader term.
- The thesaurus helped us find the terms peer communication and interpersonal communication as used in the above example.
Find an article that looks interesting?
- Click on the article's title.
- Look at the subjects given to an article to find related terms and run additional searches using these terms.
- Click on the references, cited by, or see similar documents links to find related articles.