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Select Popular Sources
Below is a list of popular sources that might make good starting points for your research in this course. It is not comprehensive. Depending on your topic, there may be many more in the databases listed below that will have good information you can use!
The above links all go out to the public facing websites of these sources. If you hit an article that you want the full text of and cannot access it, look in the library's catalog or Journals A-Z list to see if we have a subscription to the source. If we do, you can access it through HuskyFetch. If not, you can borrow it via Interlibrary Loan.
If the databases below don't look like they contain quite what you need, go to the Databases page of the library website. Here you can look for other databases by topic.
Communication & Mass Media Complete
Contains journals in communication, mass media, linguistics, discourse, rhetoric, sociolinguistics, communication theory, language, logic, organizational communication and other related fields of study.
Humanities Abstracts (EBSCO)
Abstracts on a wide range of subjects, including: archaeology, art, classics, film, folklore, journalism, linguistics, music, performing arts, philosophy, religion, world history, and world literature. Publication types include book reviews, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction (including dramas and poems), and reviews of plays and television and radio programs.
International Encyclopedia of Communication
Covers topics such as communication theories, media and communication phenomena, research methods, problems, concepts, and geographical areas.
Searchable full-text and scanned images of back issues of many of the core research and academic society published journals in almost all subject areas. Its emphasis is in the humanities and social sciences. The majority of JSTOR's content is academic and peer-reviewed. Includes primary source material.
Search or browse journals and books in the humanities, social sciences and visual and performing arts. Research areas include: history, language and linguistics, philosophy, gender studies, film studies, area and ethnic studies and education. Full-text availability varies between titles. Includes 89 heavily-used titles acquired via the Project Muse Evidence Based Acquisition program that ran 2017-2018.
Provides combined access to all ProQuest databases, covering many different fields and full text articles.
Social Sciences Abstracts (EBSCO)
Provides access to abstracts from a wide assortment of periodicals as far back as 1983. Covers the latest concepts, trends, opinions, theories and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences.
Web of Science
The Web of Science covers a broad range of disciplines with content dating from 1900 to the present day.
Tutorials: Getting Started with Research
These interactive tutorial videos will introduce you to the basic skills and knowledge you need to get your research started. (Note: Tutorials have video and audio components)