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Communication: Article Databases

Library resources and library class guides for students in Communications.

Key Communication Databases

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.

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
    • teenagers
    • 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.