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Senior Project Series – Scholarly Articles

Finding scholarly articles is an important step in shaping your research project.  This post outlines the key databases for finding scholarly articles in communication.  These databases are all very specific to research in the communication arts.

Communication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)
CMMC offers cover-to-cover (core) indexing and abstracts for over 300 journals, and selected (priority) coverage of over 100 more, for a combined coverage of over 400 titles. This database includes full text for nearly 200 journals. Many major journals have indexing, abstracts, PDFs and searchable citations from their first issues to the present.

Communication Abstracts (EBSCO)
Abstracts articles from journals, conference proceedings and hard-to-find documents. Includes scientific research and government policies. Distinct from ComAbstracts and ComIndex, Communication Abstracts is produced at Temple University and provides abstracting coverage of books and journals in all areas of communication studies (mass, interpersonal and new communication technologies).
*Can be searched simultaneously with Communication & Mass Media Complete.

The ComAbstracts database contains abstracts of articles published in the primary professional literature of the communication(s) field.

Film & Television Literature Index
A comprehensive bibliographic database covering the entire spectrum of television and film writing. It has been designed for use by a diverse audience that includes film scholars, college students, and general viewers. Subject coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews.
*Can be searched simultaneously with Communication & Mass Media Complete and with Communication Abstracts.

Getting to the Full Text

Although it can be tempting to check the “Full Text Only” box as you search, resist the temptation!  Checking that box will eliminate articles owned by the library through different vendors, as well as articles not owned by the library, from your results.

Articles owned through different vendors can be easily accessed through the FindIt button.  Articles not owned by Falvey Library can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.  These requests are usually fulfilled electronically within 5 to 7 days.

Check back Thursday for more great article resources!

Kristyna Carroll



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