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Library Research Guide: Communications


Databases (Scholarly Articles)

  • Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe – provides full-text of many newspapers as well as full-text of magazines and journals (Library barcode log-in required for off-campus access).
  • ProQuest Research Library – full-text articles and citations to articles relevant to many subjects including communications (Library barcode log-in required for off-campus access).
  • Academic Search Premier – “This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles,” including many communications topics(Library barcode log-in required for off-campus access).
  • JSTOR – offers full-text access to archival and current issues of over 1,400 scholarly journal titles in more than 50 subject areas, including many communications topics (Library barcode log-in required for off-campus access).
  • Proquest Psychology Journals – is a specialized database available to students, faculty, and staff (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus access). It contains full-text articles and citations from hundreds of pyschology periodicals, many of which pertain to communications issues.

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General Communications Sites

  • Internet Public Library: Communications – Contains links to a large variety of Internet resources pertaining to Communications subjects.
  • University of Iowa: Online Communications Study Resources – An index of online communications resources maintained by the Communications department at the University of Iowa.  Lists of websites, listservs, and research tools can be found on the site.
  • Center for Media and Public Affairs – The Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) is a nonpartisan research and educational organization which conducts scientific studies of news and entertainment media. CMPA’s goal is to provide an empirical basis for ongoing debates over media coverage and impact through well-documented, timely, and readable studies.  The website includes links to studies that have been conducted, press releases, and Media Monitor by year.
  • FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) – is a “national media watch group, has been offering well-do documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986.”
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. – grassroots nonprofit organization aims to provide “educational services to reporters, editors and others interested in investigative journalism.” Offers access to a government database collection, state-by-state campaign contribution tracking.

Professional Associations

  • Society of Professional Journalists: Ethics in journalism – Features ethics code, ethics news, ethic hotline and listserv, and links to other ethics sites.
  • Association for Women in Communications – recognizes the relationships that exist among the various communications disciplines including “print and broadcast journalism, television and radio production, film, advertising, public relations, marketing, graphic design, multi-media design, and photography”, features information on various issues and topics (some in MS Word format).
  • National Communication Association – The National Communication Association advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry.  The website contains research, publications, and student resources such as information on communications programs in higher education.

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