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Introduction to Communication Research

This guide is suggested for students of COM1200 or those interested in media research.


Communication Subject Guide - For more communication resources.



E-Reference Resources

Selecting a Topic

E-Reference Resources are a good place to explore potential research topics right from your dorm room!  If you have a topic in mind, specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries can give you invaluable background information, as well as important keywords for researching the topic.

Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents and the Media

Encyclopedia of New Media

Check out even more Communication E-Reference Resources.

Helpful Guides

There are also a couple of e-reference resources that can help answer your questions about research methodology.

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods

  • This entry describes the Case Study methodology.

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods


Articles

Key Communication Databases

Communication and Mass Media Complete This database includes full text for nearly 200 journals. Many major journals have indexing, abstracts, PDFs and searchable citations from their first issues to the present.

Communication Abstracts Abstracts articles from journals, conference proceedings and hard-to-find documents. Includes scientific research and government policies.

ComAbstracts  From the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship, this is a database of the abstracts of primary literature for communication studies.  Strong tools for browsing such as concept explorer, idea monkey, and index searches.

Article Database Search Tips

  • Use synonyms, brainstorm, and mine found resources
  • Notice controlled vocabulary, index, descriptor and subject terms.  Take good notes!
  • Check out the Help menu: every database has one!
  • Use truncation to search for all terms with the same root: child* for child, children and childhood
  • Combine terms with boolean operators: AND contains both terms, OR contains at least one term
  • Search phrases; quotes work for most databases
  • Use dropdown menu or radio buttons to limit search to fields such as title, subject, abstract, descriptors

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Once you have identified a useful article, check to see whether it is available in full text from that database.  You will see a link or an icon for an HTML or PDF version of the article (sometimes the full article is displayed below the abstract).  If the article is not available in full text through that database, it may still be available through another vendor.  Click the find it button to see if it is available.  This will take you to the 360Link screen:

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Citations

APA Style

Publication manual for the American Psychological Association

  • Available for use in the library, this is the official guide to APA style.

OWL (Purdue University Online Writing Lab) - APA

  • OWL is a freely available online resource provided by Purdue University.  The OWL gives clear instructions for formatting your paper and bibliography in APA style.

Research and Documentation Online

Refworks

RefWorks is a Web-based software package designed to help you easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.

See the Library Guide to Refworks for more information.


Helpful Tips

Citing and Evaluating Resources

Video Tutorials

Villanova Writing Center

Library Workshop Handouts


Make an appointment to meet with Kristyna

Have a question?  Please don't hesitate to contact me!  You can use the form below to request an appointment in person, over the phone, or virtually through our chat services.  Or, you can always email me directly with any questions or concerns.  I look forward to hearing from you!


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kcarro03 Kristyna Carroll
Research Support Librarian for Business and Social Sciences
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 223
610-519-5391


Library Workshops

Intro to Comm Research Presentation

APA Citations Presentation


 


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