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CMST 192: Introduction to Communication Studies

Search for scholarly journal articles
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Communication & Mass Media Complete Restricted Resource Some full text availablefindit database
The main database for Communication Studies and Mass Communications. Searches over 600 journal titles that support research in communication, mass media, linguistics, language learning and related fields of study.

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ComAbstracts Restricted Resource database
The most comprehensive database for the discipline of Communications. Provides 26,000 abstracts of articles drawn from the professional literature on Communications.

Academic Search Premier (all topics) from EBSCO Restricted Resource Some full text availablefindit elm database
Academic Search Premier (ASP) contains indexing for nearly 8,050 publications, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles. ASP provides full-text coverage in biology, chemistry, education, engineering, humanities, physics, psychology, religion and theology, sociology, etc. Tip: Click the check box to limit to Academic (Peer Reviewed) Journals.

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If no full text is available on the screen, click the button to search for the full text in another database owned by the library.  If we do not have access to this journal, you will be prompted to fill out a form to get a copy of the article through interlibrary loan. Articles will be sent to your email within 1-2 days. This service is available to you as SCSU students.
Search for films, video, and images
The Library has an extensive collection of films and movies that are streaming online or available for check out. If you find a video in Films on Demand, you can easily embed a segment into your presentations or speeches.


Films on Demand: Communication Restricted Resource Resource contains video
Streaming video on topics in interpersonal and group communication, principles of human communication, mass communications, and more.

AP Images (Associated Press) Restricted Resource Resource contains imagesdatabase
A source of over 500,000 current and historic photo images, graphic images, audio files, and publicity. Content may be used for educational purposes in papers, presentations, and secure Web spaces (e.g., in Desire2Learn pages). Approximately 1,000 photo images are added daily.

Pixabay Unrestricted Resource
Images and videos released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required.
Cite your sources using APA format
Sample APA citation for a scholarly article found in a library database:

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume number, page range.
Retrieved from

Smyth, A. M., Parker, A. L., & Pease, D. L. (2002). A study of enjoyment of peas. Journal of Abnormal Eating,
8(3), 120-125. Retrieved from
APA Formatting and Style Guide (2010 update) (OWL at Purdue)
Provides examples of formatting papers, in-text citations, footnotes and endnotes, and reference lists in APA style. Updated according to the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA)
READY REF BF76.7 .P83 2010 Unrestricted Resource Check MnPALS Catalog for Location and Availability
Official manual for APA documentation. Available in print only, in the Ready Reference section of the library, 1st floor. Latest edition is 6th edition, 2010.
Recognize scholarly vs. popular sources
Compare and contrast the following articles. Which one is scholarly and how do you know?

The writing on the wall: (New) racism in U.S. public conversations about race. (2015, December 15). Communication Currents.
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Morrissey, M. E., & Sims, C. L. (2015). Playing the race card: Antiracial bordering and rhetorical practices of new racism. Review Of Communication, 15(2), 81-101. doi:10.1080/15358593.2015.1009851
Locate communication books in the library


Miller Center Basement

Books on Communication Studies have call numbers beginning with P87 - P96 and P99

P94.7=Interpersonal communication
P95-P95.6=Oral communication
P99.5-P99.6=Nonverbal communication
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