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COM 356: Media Criticism: Databases & Journals

Library Database A-Z List

Below are recommendations for best bet database to use for searching for peer-reviewed research in the field of Media Criticism. Remember, there there is no one perfect database for topics in this class. Think about the subject area of your "big question" and see if there is a subject specific database to search.

How to search library databases.

Watch this video to learn strategies for searching library databases for scholarly articles on your "big question" and artifact ideas.

Library Databases

START WITH THESE

OTHER DATABASES

Tips for Searching in Library Databases

WHAT CAN I FIND IN A LIBRARY DATABASE?
Library databases are best used for searching for peer-reviewed journal articles. A great database to begin searching is Communication & Mass Media Complete. 

ENTER KEYWORDS IN DATABASE SEARCH BOXES

Enter each keyword onto its own search line. If you have an OR string, include the entire string in one search box. 

SEARCH LIMITERS
Below the search boxes are limiters that can be set to help filter and narrow your results. To search for scholarly articles, remember to check the scholarly (peer-reviewed) checkbox. Other useful limiter options are the date range. Since you are analyzing contemporary topics, you might consider limiting the date range boxes to the last 5 or 10 years.

USING SEARCH RESULTS

  • Sort your search results by Date Newest so the most current information on a subject is at the top of your results.
  • Use the "Cited by" or "Cited References" features contained in many library databases to view a list of resources that have cited the particular article currently being viewed in their own work or are contained within the Reference list of the current article being viewed.

​Do not limit your search to just one database.  Instead look at a variety of databases both subject specific and interdisciplinary to make sure you are viewing the full scope of literature published on your topic.

Academic Journals

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Find Online Resources

FINDING SCHOLARLY JOURNALS

What do you do when you see a citation in an article and you want to try to find that article for your own research? Watch this video to learn how you use a journal article's citation to find the article in print or online at Jenks Library.

Having trouble playing the video? Watch on the Jenks Library YouTube Channel.

How to search within Journals

Watch this video to learn how to search within journals for scholarly journal articles.

Interlibrary Loan for Articles