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New Resource: Compendium of Scales and Measures in Communication (COSMIC)

By Nicole Daly 

Falvey library now has access to the Compendium of Scales and Measures in Communication (COSMIC) which is a part of our CIOS resource package. COSMIC is the communication and journalism fields’ database for scales and measures. It is a unique new repository for the field that will be of value for anyone designing research projects, conducting literature reviews, or teaching research methods, or about the progress of theory and research in the field. 

This resource contains entries for scales, measures, and observational systems, with a focus on the scales and measures published literature from the fields of communication and journalism. COSMIC offers multiple search options allowing users to browse the collection using free-text search, instrument title, subject areas, or using cataloging terms from any of the three coding dictionaries applied to each record.

This database currently holds over 800 scales and measures and is updated frequently to add more resources. For more information on this resource go to https://www.cios.org/www/cosmicabout.htm 

Falvey Library recently added CIOS’ Compendium of Scales and Measures in Communication (COSMIC) to Databases A to Z. 

This resource is available from the Falvey Library homepage, Databases A-Z list.


Headshot of Nicole Daly, Social Science Librarian.Nicole Daly is Communication Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library. 


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Last Modified: December 12, 2023

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