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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 star
Communication Studies: A SAGE Full-Text Collection

View the journal title list.

Academic Search Complete
Business Source Complete
Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text
International Bibliography of Theater & Dance with Full Text
ScienceDirect databaseScience Direct Databases
· Quick Reference Guide PDF, 12pp
· Getting started ScienceDirect video
· ScienceDirect YouTube Channel
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EBSCO databases
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

  1. Click Thesaurus in the top menu bar.
  2. Type your term in the Browsing Thesaurus text box and select a browse function, such as Relevancy Ranked. Click Browse.
  3. To display details of a term, click the term.
  4. 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...
  5. Click Search or browse for another descriptor to add to the search string. EBSCO Thesaurus

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

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  • 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.


eBook Collection

For general information on ebooks see: Find...Books & ebooks

Communication Arts - Journals

Publication Finder
Includes full-text journals, magazines, trade publications, etc. available at ORU.
Sample Titles by Discipline or Subject
Communication & Mass Media (~99)
Film (~190)
Interpersonal Communication (~9)
Journalism (~33)
Political Communication (~3)
Television (~15)
Sample Titles
Search within all issues of the publication or select a specific year, volume/issue to browse.

To view and browse SAGE Journals:
Go to the Browse tab. Click Social Sciences & Humanities. Click Communication & Media Studies. From the list of journals, click a title to view it.

For general information see: Find...Periodicals (Journals, Magazines, etc.)

Communication Arts - Web sites
Mass Media/ Journalism
AJR (American Journalism Review)
"A national magazine that covers all aspects of print, television, radio and online media...analyzes ethical dilemmas in the field and monitors the impact of technology on how journalism is practiced and on the final product."
CMPA: The Center for Media and Public Affairs
"A nonpartisan research and education organization which conducts scientific studies of the news and entertainment media."
Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma
IRE: Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. Star
FOI and First Amendment Center (FOI-Freedom of Information) Research, Resources and Ideas to Improve Journalism
Includes press releases from universities and nonprofit, public and governmental agencies primarily about science, business trends, the economy, and medicine.
Society of Professional Journalists: SPJ Code of Ethics
STATS, a non-profit, non-partisan organization affiliated with The Center for Media and Public Affairs, "monitors the media to expose the abuse of science and statistics before people are misled and public policy is distorted."
Communication Studies
ACA: The American Communication Association
Ad Councilstar
"...distributes and promotes thousands of public service campaigns on behalf of non-profit organizations and government agencies in issue areas such as improving the quality of life for children, preventative health, education, community well being, environmental preservation and strengthening families."
AdAge - Data Center (Advertising Age)
"Ad Age Datacenter features premium content, including profiles of top advertisers, media, agencies and more." Much of the information is available at no charge with registration (free).
API: American Press Institute
Center for Nonverbal Studies star
The Nonverbal Dictionary
VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association)
Deals with all aspects of speech, within and beyond theater.
"VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 115 million people."
Communication ARts - Sr. Paper Students

MMC-499 Students

See the database tips and search examples (PDF) for EBSCOhost, SAGE and ScienceDirect databases.

Interlibrary Loan

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:

  1. Your name and student ID number
  2. The request is for "sr. paper."
  3. 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 or Myra Bloom

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