| Communication Arts - Article Databases
Use databases to find articles, essays, book reviews and more in scholarly journals and magazines. Some databases may include books. Core subject databases are listed first below.
- Eagle Search - Search multiple databases across formats and media. Use the advanced search to mark selected disciplines, such as "Communication & Mass Media."
- Communication Source
- Communication Studies: A SAGE Full-Text Collection
View the journal title list.
± Click to view Podcasts/Vodcasts:
- Academic Search Complete
- Business Source Complete
- Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text
- International Bibliography of Theater & Dance with Full Text
- Science Direct Databases
- · Quick Reference Guide PDF, 12pp
· Getting started ScienceDirect video
· ScienceDirect YouTube Channel
TIP: Use EBSCO's Aggregated Searching
| Communication Arts - Subject Thesaurus
Subject headings, descriptors and thesauri are "controlled vocabulary." They are lists of pre-defined, carefully selected words and phrases used to identify and classify information.
Most databases include a Thesaurus or Subject Terms that list subjects, alternative terms and details for topics. Use the Thesaurus to narrow your results or combine its use with keyword searching for more focused results.
Using the Thesaurus and Subject Indexes
Identify all the major concepts of your thesis or research topic. Then use the thesaurus or subject index to locate, explore and select descriptors for each concept of your topic.
For example: In Communication Source
- Click Thesaurus in the top menu bar.
- Type your term in the Browsing Thesaurus text box and select a browse function, such as Relevancy Ranked. Click Browse.
- To display details of a term, click the term.
- Click the checkbox in front of the terns(s) to include in the search, and then click Add to move the thesaurus terms into the search text box. More...
- Click Search or browse for another descriptor to add to the search string.
Or, try a keyword search, retrieve a record that looks relevant to your topic, and then note and/or use the subject descriptors for that record. Click on any descriptor for a new search on that subject.
Keyword vs. Subject/Thesaurus Searching
Whereas the common keyword search is based on an exact word match, a subject or thesaurus search locates records by assigned subject or descriptors.
Searching with controlled vocabulary in a subject index or thesaurus allows you to more precisely retrieve relevant information on your topic, illustrates relationship between related terms and helps you identify synonyms and broader and narrower terms.
Keyword and subject terms searching can be combined. For example, rather than guessing what keywords to use consider doing a thesaurus (controlled vocabulary) search first. Review and assess your results. Then, add a keyword search to the query or use Search History to combine searches.
|Communication Arts - Reference Materials
- Credo Reference Center
- Mind Map example: Communication
- Topic Search example: Communication
Book Title Keyword search example: Communication
- CQ Researcher
Search: Click Browse by Topic and drill down or try a simple keyword search.
- GVRL: Gale virtual Reference Library
- Sample search: Communication and mass media
- Points of View Reference Center
- Example: media and body image
- For the Point and Counterpoint articles, click the Points of View tab.
In the Library, LRC-4th Floor
The Reference Collection includes subject encyclopedias, specialized dictionaries, handbooks and similar materials. To find specific reference titles, use the Library catalog and limit your results to "Reference Collection." Reference books cannot be checked; however, some titles may have a duplicate in the main collection that is available for checkout. Search the title you need in the library catalog to see if the book is located elsewhere in the library and availability for checkout.
Books are shelved in Library of Congress (LC) call number order, so similar subjects will be shelved next to each other.
Example: Interpersonal and oral communication - Call number sections P94.7 - P95
See: Library of Congress Classification Outline -- Language and Literature
|Communication Arts - ORU ebooks
Search the Library Catalog
Use the catalog to find books in the library and ebook records that link to the ebook full text. Try a library catalog subject subject search for your topic. From the list that comes up, click a subject to view the list of book titles.
Subject Examples :
Communication Subjects (37 related subjects)
Interpersonal Communication (5 related subjects)
Mass Media (84 related subjects)
Communication (general) Titles ~20 ebooks
Communication and Culture Titles ~30 ebooks
Mass Media Titles ~415 ebooks
- For the most recently published ebooks to appear at the top of the list change "Sort results by" from Relevance to Date.
- To view the 20 most relevant chapters from your ebooks: do a search then click the Chapter Results tab.
- To browse ebrary titles in a specific call number section (shown below):
Use Advanced search. Change Search in menu to LC Call Number. Type the call numbers(see LC outlines). Click Search ebrary.
It's like browsing virtual ebrary shelves.
For general information on ebooks see: Find...Books & ebooks
|Communication ARts - Sr. Paper Students
See the database tips and search examples (PDF) for EBSCOhost, SAGE and ScienceDirect databases.
After attending the LIBBI session your name is sent to ILL and added to a $2.00/item fee waiver list for sr. paper students. When you make an interlibrary loan request the librarian will check the ILL fee waiver list for your name. If your name is on the list the ILL $2.00 per item fee is waived.
In addition to the citation information, remember to include the following three items in your ILL request:
- Your name and student ID number
- The request is for "sr. paper."
- No charge; attended LIBBI (that you will not need to pay the ILL fee of $2.00/item)
If you have questions regarding ILL services or your ILL request please contact Interlibrary Loan or Ask-A-Librarian.
If you have questions about attending a LIBBI session or your name being added to the ILL sr. paper fee waiver list, contact Library Instruction firstname.lastname@example.org or Myra Bloom email@example.com.
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