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This guide is intended to help you find both print and online media resources.
This guide is intended to help you find both print and online media resources. This guide is only a starting point for your research, it is not meant to be a comprehensive list of resources. If you need further assistance, please visit the Service Desk in the library or contact your librarian, April Sheppard, at email@example.com.
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SCHOLARLY OR NOT?
Scholarly and peer reviewed are your "academic" articles. These are the ones that deal directly with research, history, or theory. Most likely, your professor wants you to use these types of articles. These types of articles are written by scholars, experts in the field often associated with a university or an organization. Peer reviewed articles must also be approved by a group of scholars before being published to ensure that the research presented is factual and relevant. Not everyone can get peer reviewed.
Popular magazine articles are usually ones that you read for entertainment. These are usually the type of publications that you find at the grocery store checkout. Chances are if there's a celebrity on the cover, it's a popular magazine.
All books in the library are arranged by subject using the Library of Congress classification system for call numbers and subject headings. The main call numbers for media begins with "P". The basic breakdown is as follows:
HE8689 - HE8700.95
Radio and Television Broadcasting
P1 - P1091
Philology and Linguistics
P87 - P96
Communication, Mass Media
P95 - P95.6
P99.5 - P99.6
P301 - P301.5
Rhetoric in Persuasion, Debate
PN1990 - PN1990.9
PN1991 - PN1991.9
PN1992 - PN1992.9
PN4699 - PN5650
TK5101 - 6720
Telecommunication. Including Radio and TV.
The numbers that follow these beginning letters relate to the narrower scope of the item, for example: Mass Communication (P90. D44185 2010) vs. Telecommunications - Radio (TK5741. M72 1934).
Occasionally a totally different call number will appear: Mass Media Law(Kf2750. C35 2018). This means that this item is about more about law than media and importance was given to the other subject when the call number was assigned - but that doesn't mean this isn't a good book for your topic!
Databases with green or partially green icons offer some level of free, full-text articles. In most cases, you must be affiliated with A-State to view the article or on the A-State campus. Some database offer a "pay-per-view" service where you can buy an article not available for free and have immediate access. If you do not need immediate access to the article, you may also request it through Interlibrary Loan for free. Articles requested through Interlibrary Loan can take 2-5 business days to come in, depending on the lending library. You can also digital scans from our physical collection through Digital Delivery.
To view all our Communication databases, click here.
Mostly full-text, broad subject database with strong coverage in many subject areas.
Peer-reviewed, full-text journals, including many journals indexed in leading citation indexes. The combination of academic journals, magazines, periodicals, reports, books and videos meets the needs of scholars in virtually every discipline ranging from astronomy, anthropology, biomedicine, engineering, health, law and literacy to mathematics, pharmacology, women’s studies, zoology and more.
Academic Video Online is a comprehensive video subscription that delivers more than 62,000 titles spanning a range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more.
Provides access to academic journals and magazines focusing on all aspects of the communications field. Key subjects covered in the database include advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and more.
Abstracts and indexing as well as full-text content from publications worldwide pertaining to Communication, Linguistics, Rhetoric and Discourse, Speech-Language Pathology, Media Studies and other fields relevant to the discipline.
The most comprehensive resource on the market for communication research. Communication Source was developed from a merger of high-quality EBSCO databases, Communication and Mass Media Complete and Communication Abstracts (formerly published by Sage), and includes many unique sources not previously available in other databases.