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COMM:1305 Understanding Communication - Social Scientific, Magsamen-Conrad, Fall 2023: Home


This guide will assist you with finding resources and conducting successful library searches for COMM:1305. Topics in this guide include:

  • How to search in InfoHawk+ (and get useful results)
  • Popular press vs. scholarly articles (what's the difference and where to find each type)
  • Recommended Databases for Communication Studies
  • APA Citation help

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

InfoHawk+ Articles

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InfoHawk+ 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

Created by McMaster University Library. Used under Creative Commons license. Original found at

Encyclopedia of Communication Theory

Click on the Encyclopedia of Communication Theory, edited by Littlejohn and Foss, to access this text.


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