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CMST 192: Introduction to Communication Studies

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CREDO provides online access hundreds reference books (encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc.) in all subject areas. This is a good place to look up a quick fact or to search for background information on a topic.
Peer Reviewed Sources
Scholarly articles, academic articles, scientific articles, and peer reviewed articles are all terms used by university faculty members to refer to high quality articles used by professionals in an academic field. Peer reviewed means that a prospective journal article must be reviewed and recommended for publication by several peers (experts in the field of the article). Articles that are not recommended by peers will not be published in the academmic journal. Most university work requires the use of scholarly articles rather than materials from popular magazines or websites.

Scholarly vs. Popular Materials Guide (NCSU)
Guide to distinguishing between scholarly journals, popular magazines, and trade journals/magazines.
Finding Scholarly Journal Articles
Use these databases to locate information on topics related to socio-political context of speech, textual analysis, U.S. public discourse, information about speech, author, etc.

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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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Search 2,000 scholarly journals on the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present (the rest of the world is covered in Historical Abstracts).

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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.

Many journal articles will be available in full text (look for HTML Full Text or PDF links). If no full text is available on the screen, click the FindIt! link to search for the full text in another database owned by the library.  If we do not own this journal, you will be prompted to fill out a form to get a copy of the article through interlibrary loan.
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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.

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APA Citations
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)
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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.

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