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Communication Research Guide

Welcome! This purpose of this guide is to direct students and faculty toward resources for research in Communication and allied fields.  Resources are organized by type.

If you need assistance finding resources that focus in greater depth on particular issues or topics, please contact me. I can provide in-class instruction, online course guides tailored to your syllabus, and/or individual research appointments for faculty and students.

To navigate this guide, use the links to the left.

Television News Database Trial

Falvey is currently running a trial of The Vanderbilt Television News Archive.

The core collection of the Archive consists of regularly scheduled newscasts from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox News. Special news reports are recorded in addition to these newscasts, including material from other networks. Broadcasts are recorded as they are televised. The archive provides the widest access allowable within copyright.

There are two ways to access content:

  • Streaming video is available for CNN and NBC broadcasts. This is convenient but due to copyright restrictions is limited to broadcasts from these networks only.
  • Loan service is available for all items in the collection. The Archive produces DVD or VHS tape of the material requested from the collection and ships the items to your address. In compliance with the terms of the copyright law, all material is considered a loan and must be returned to the Archive. The length of the loan period is flexible.

To request a loan of specific items, please contact me at janice.bially-mattern@villanova.edu

jmattern Janice Bially-Mattern
Social Science & Data Services Librarian
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 229

Click on the button below to schedule a research appointment.



Fake News Alert!

If you are using Google or another public search engine to find news and information, be wary of fake news. For some helpful tips on identifying fake news:

10 Ways to Spot a Fake News Article

Fake News or Real? How To Self-Check the News and Get the Facts

How to Avoid Getting Conned by Fake News Sites


Last Modified: Monday, January 23rd, 2017