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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

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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.

For a more in-depth look at the differences, please visit our Scholarly Journals guide.


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
P94.7 - Interpersonal Communication
P95 - P95.6 - Oral Communication
P99.5 - P99.6 - Nonverbal Communication
P301 - P301.5 - Rhetoric in Persuasion, Debate
PN1990 - PN1990.9 - Broadcasting
PN1991 - PN1991.9 - Radio Broadcasts
PN1992 - PN1992.9 - Television Broadcasts
PN4129.15 - Public Speaking
PN4699 - PN5650 - Journalism
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 All Full Text or partially green Partial Full Text 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.

To view all our Newspaper databases, click here.

To view all our databases, click here.


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Media covers a wide range of topics. If you're having trouble coming up with a topic, here are some keywords you can use that might help you get started:

  • Advertising
  • Audience
  • Broadcasting
  • Communication
  • Copyright
  • Digital
  • Ethics
  • Free Press
  • Graphics
  • International
  • Internet
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Mass Media
  • News
  • Public Relations
  • Radio
  • Regulation
  • Reporting
  • Technology
  • Telecommunication
  • Television

If you want to combine keywords, use the connector AND between terms:

"Mass media" AND "public relations"

You can learn more about connectors in our Boolean Searching guide.