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A guide for communication majors starting their research.


Use Summon to cross search the library catalog (books, DVDs, government documents) and most of the library databases (journal articles, images, newspapers).

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Some databases to use in the field of communication

For more resources on Film Studies, see the Film Studies Guide.

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What is a peer-reviewed article?

A scholarly periodical which requires that each article submitted for publication be judged by an independent panel of experts (scholarly or scientific peers). Articles not approved by a majority of these peers are not accepted for publication by the journal.

Peer-reviewed journals can be identified by their editorial statements or instructions to authors (usually in the first few pages of the journal or at the end). Many databases allow you to search for only "peer-reviewed" or "scholarly" articles.

Note: often your university instructors will expect you to use scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles. However, if you are not sure about the acceptability of an article, website, or other source get in touch with your faculty member.

Other common characteristics of scholarly, peer-reviewed, or refereed journal:

  • Formal in format
  • Sources are cited with footnotes or a bibliography at the end of the article
  • Authors are scholars and researchers in the field and are identified as such
  • Purpose of the article is to publish the results of research
  • Publisher may be a professional organization, research institution; usually not-for-profit
  • Very little advertising
  • Graphics are usually statistical illustrations, in black-and-white

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