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COMM2440 Communication Research Foundations: Locating Articles
research methods, peer reviewed, scholarly publications
It is usually a good idea to start out broadly, so using just one or two of your topic terms is a good way to begin. Once you have a set of results, you can begin narrowing down your results by entering one or more terms. Searching in a specific field such as "Subject" or "Title" will narrow or focus your results.
Search Tip: Truncation
Truncation Finds Multiple Word Forms
The asterisk (*) is usually used to search words with the same root:
Person* = Personal, Personality, Personable, etc.
Wildcard symbols (usually a ‘?’) replace a single letter:
Wom?n = Woman, Women
Using Library Databases to Find Articles: To locate articles using Library databases, you can click on Databases from the Library homepage and browse by subject or you can select the first letter of the database name. Since we have more than 135 databases, listed below are some of the databases you may find useful to locate communication and media related articles.
A large multidisciplinary database indexing over 14,000 publications, the majority of them available in full text. Over 160 subjects areas are covered extensively in this product including business and economics, health and medical, news and world affairs, technology, social sciences, and more.
Full text for nearly 8,350 scholarly business journals and other sources, including full text for more than 1,100 scholarly business publications. Coverage includes virtually all subject areas related to business.
Locating Statistical Information
StatistaThe Statista database is a portal to statistical information, pulling together data on over 80.000 topics from over 18.000 sources onto a single platform.
Once you locate a few good articles on your topic, be sure to review the references to other articles that are cited. This is a great way to locate related research articles on your topic. Many databases also provide a link to these articles if they are available electronically. If you don't find a link, be sure to check the Library's Journals A-Z List to see if it's available, If not, you can always use our awesome Interlibrary Loan Service.