|Communication Arts - Article Databases
Use databases to find articles, essays, book reviews and more in scholarly journals and magazines. Some databases may include books.
- Communication & Mass
- Communication Studies
- Business Source Complete
& Television Literature Index with Full Text
Bibliography of Theater & Dance with Full Text
- Science Direct Databases
- Full-text scientific database with articles from 2,500+ peer-reviewed journals and book chapters from 14,000+ book titles. Covers science, technology
and medicine. Includes authoritative titles from the core scientific literature, such as The Lancet, Cell, Tetrahedron Letters, the Handbooks
in Economics Series and the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Notes: User Guide with step-by-step instructions
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Communication Arts - Subject Thesaurus
Subject headings, descriptors and thesauri are "controlled vocabulary." They are
lists of pre-defined, carefully selected words and phrases used to identify and classify information.
Most databases include a Thesaurus or Subject
Terms that list subjects, alternative terms and details for topics. Use the Thesaurus to narrow your results or combine its use with keyword searching for
more focused results.
Using the Thesaurus and Subject Indexes
Identify all the major concepts of
your thesis or research topic. Then use the thesaurus or subject index to locate, explore and select descriptors for each concept of your topic.
example: In the EBSCO database, Communication & Mass
- Click Thesaurus in the top menu bar.
- Type your term in the Browsing Thesaurus text box and select a browse function, such as Relevancy Ranked.
- To display details of a term, click the term.
- Click the checkbox in front of the terns(s) to include in the search, and then click Add to move the thesaurus
terms into the search text box. More...
- Click Search or browse for another descriptor to add to the search string.
Or, try a keyword search, retrieve a record that looks relevant to your topic, and then note and/or use the subject descriptors for that record. Click on
any descriptor for a new search on that subject.
Keyword vs. Subject/Thesaurus Searching
Whereas the common keyword search is
based on an exact word match, a subject or thesaurus search locates records by assigned subject or descriptors.
Searching with controlled vocabulary
in a subject index or thesaurus allows you to more precisely retrieve relevant information on your topic, illustrates relationship between related terms and
helps you identify synonyms and broader and narrower terms.
Keyword and subject terms searching can be combined. For example, rather than guessing what
keywords to use consider doing a thesaurus (controlled vocabulary) search first. Review and assess your results. Then, add a keyword search to the query or
use Search History to combine searches.
Communication Arts - Reference Materials
- eReference - Online Collections
- Credo Reference Center
- Concept Map Example: communication
- Find a Book: All
Search: For Title contains, try a using communication or other relevant term
- CQ Researcher
Search: Click Browse by Topic and drill down or try a simple keyword search.
of View Reference Center
- Example: media
and body image
- For the Point and Counterpoint click the Points of View tab.
In the Library, LRC-4th Floor
The Reference Collection includes subject encyclopedias, specialized dictionaries, handbooks and similar materials. To find specific reference titles, use
the Library catalog and limit your results to "Reference Collection."
Books are shelved in Library of Congress (LC) call number order, so
similar subjects will be shelved next to each other.
Library of Congress Classification Outline -- Language
Interpersonal and oral communication call number section: P94.7-P95
Reference books cannot be
checked; however, some titles may have a duplicate in the main collection that is available for checkout. Search the title you need in the library catalog
to see if the book is located elsewhere in the library and availability for checkout.
Communication Arts - ORU ebooks
(general) Titles ~20 ebooks
and Culture Titles ~30 ebooks
Media Titles ~415 ebooks
- For the most recently published ebooks to appear at the top of the list change "Sort results by" from Relevance to
- To view the 20 most relevant chapters from your ebooks: do a search then click the Chapter Results tab.
- To browse ebrary titles in a specific call number section (shown below):
Use Advanced search. Change Search in menu to LC Call Number. Type
the call numbers(see LC outlines). Click Search
It's like browsing virtual ebrary shelves.
For general information on ebooks see: Find...Books & ebooks
Communication Arts - Journals
- ORU A-to-Z Journals List (journals, magazines, trade publications,
- Titles by Subject
Journals ~220 titles
- Sample Titles
Search within all issues of the publication or select a specific year, volume/issue to browse.
American Journalism Review
Journal of Mass Media
- DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals: Media and Communication
- ~96 open access titles
For general information see: Find...Periodicals (Journals, Magazines, etc.)
Communication Arts - Web sites
- Mass Media/ Journalism
- AJR (American Journalism Review)
"A national magazine that covers all aspects of print, television, radio and online media...analyzes ethical dilemmas in the field and monitors the
impact of technology on how journalism is practiced and on the final product."
- CMPA: The Center for Media and Public Affairs
"A nonpartisan research and education organization which conducts scientific studies of the news and entertainment media."
- Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma
- IRE: Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc.
FOI and First Amendment Center (FOI-Freedom of Information)
- Journalism.org: Research, Resources and Ideas to Improve Journalism
Includes press releases from universities and nonprofit, public and governmental agencies primarily about science, business trends, the economy, and medicine.
- Society of Professional Journalists: SPJ Code of Ethics
STATS, a non-profit, non-partisan organization affiliated with The Center for Media and Public Affairs, "monitors the media to expose the abuse of science
and statistics before people are misled and public policy is distorted."
- Communication Studies
- ACA: The American Communication Association
- Ad Council
"...distributes and promotes thousands of public service campaigns on behalf of non-profit organizations and government agencies in issue areas such as
improving the quality of life for children, preventative health, education, community well being, environmental preservation and strengthening families."
- AdAge - Data Center
Much of the information is available at no charge with registration (free).
- API: American Press Institute
- Center for Nonverbal Studies
The Nonverbal Dictionary
- VASTA (The Voice and Speech Trainers Association)
Deals with all aspects of speech, within and beyond theater.
"VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more
than 115 million people."
Communication ARts - Sr. Paper Students
tips and search examples (PDF) for EBSCOhost, SAGE and ScienceDirect databases.
attending the LIBBI session your name is sent to ILL and added to a $2.00/item fee waiver list for sr. paper students. When you make an interlibrary
loan request the librarian will check the ILL fee waiver list for your name. If your name is on the list the ILL $2.00 per item fee is waived.
addition to the citation information, remember to include the following three items in your ILL request:
- Your name and student ID number
- The request is for "sr. paper."
- No charge; attended LIBBI (that you will not need to pay the ILL fee of $2.00/item)
If you have questions regarding ILL services or your ILL request please contact Interlibrary
Loan or Ask-A-Librarian.
If you have questions about attending a LIBBI session or your name being
added to the ILL sr. paper fee waiver list, contact Library
Instruction email@example.com or
Myra Bloom firstname.lastname@example.org.
A comprehensive meta search across ALL information platforms available at ORU. Search multiple databases simultaneously. Select databases to search
by title or subject group(s).
Library Guide - Key Points: Citation Tools.