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COMM:1306 Understanding Communication - Humanistic Approaches: Home

This guide will help students navigate the research requirements in COMM 1306: Understanding Communication - Humanistic Appraches, Darrel Wanzer-Serrano, Spring 2020


This guide will assist you with finding resources and conducting successful library searches for COMM 1306. Topics in this guide include:

  • How to search in InfoHawk+ (and get useful results)
  • Where is Boolean? What is Boolean? Why is Boolean? (an overview of Boolean searching and its benefits)
  • Popular press vs. scholarly articles (what's the difference and where to find each type)
  • Recommended Databases for Communication Studies
  • MLA Citation help

If you have any questions or need assistance, please ask a librarian! We are here to help!

Using InfoHawk+ to Find Articles

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Using InfoHawk+ to Find Books

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Can't I just Google it?

Google is a familiar tool but there are other options that will make collegiate-level research much easier (and professor-approved!). This infographic charts the pros and cons of Google, Google Scholar, and library databases. Each one is useful in its own way. This course guide will help make you more comfortable with doing non-Google research.

Infographic of Google, Google Scholar, and databases

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