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COM 311: Databases & Articles

General Databases

These databases have a variety of sources in them, on a multitude of topics. They're not a bad place to start, but you will have to be careful to make sure you are looking at scholarly articles.

Communication Studies Specific Databases

These databases contain scholarly & professional articles on Communication Studies topics.

Scholarly VS Popular Articles

Popular articles
Scholarly Articles
Are written for a general audience- not specialists
Are written for professionals or specialists in a field
Are written by journalists
Are written by specialists or professionals in a field
Are stories typically assigned to writers by an editor
Are written by scholars who are sharing their research with fellow scholars. These articles go through a process of peer-review
Are written in language aimed at non specialists- "anyone" can understand
May be written using highly specialized or technical language- the "jargon" of a field
Can be short, to the point, summaries of a story or idea
Are more lengthy, explore a topic in depth
Magazines are often filled with pictures, advertising for general products
Journals rarely have pictures (though there may be graphs of data) and only have professional ads, if any
Never have a bibliography or list of references
Always have a bibliography or list of references