Finding Articles

Key Communication Databases

Communication and Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)

Communication Abstracts (EBSCO)

  • Example search: Leadership.  Add search terms related to your project or use the suggestions on the left-hand side of the page to narrow the results.

Interdisciplinary Research

Sociological Abstracts (CSA)
Covers sociological topics in fields such as anthropology, economics, education, medicine, community development, philosophy, demography, political science, and social psychology.

  • Example search: Leadership and College students (both terms as descriptors)


PsycInfo (CSA)
Indexes journals, dissertations and some books in the fields of personality psychology, social psychology, educational psychology and more.

  • Example search: Combine descriptors and keywords to pinpoint your search.  You can use the NOT connector to eliminate commonly overlapping subjects, or the * to find related words beginning with the same stem:


To find more interdisciplinary resources, see the Subject Guides.

Getting Full Text

Some articles are available in full text directly from the database you are searching.  You will see a link to HTML and/or PDF full text.  If you do not see this link, you will need to use the FindIt button. 


If the Library owns that article in full text, you will see a link directly to the Article or Journal.  If after clicking the FindIt button you see, "Sorry, no online holdings available," you will need to request the item through interlibrary loan.  The item is usually delivered electronically within a few business days.




VUFind - Falvey Library's Catalog

Go to the Search tab to find some useful books for planning your training session. studentleaderscover.jpg

  • This short list includes some examples of books regarding student groups, leadership, etc.


Falvey doesn't own the book you need?  Don't worry!  You can request the book through EZBorrow and receive it within 4 to 5 days.




APA Style

Publication manual for the American Psychological Association

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

OWL (Perdue University Online Writing Lab) - APA

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

Helpful Tips

Citing and Evaluating Resources

Video Tutorials

Villanova Writing Center