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COMM:5200 Introduction to Research and Teaching - Hayes, Fall 2023: Communication and Mass Media Complete

A brief overview of Communication Studies resources for Joy Hayes's Fall 2023 course.

Communication and Mass Media Complete Basics

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Communication and Mass Media Complete incorporates CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association) and Mass Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Penn State) along with numerous other journals to create a research and reference resource of unprecedented scope and depth in the communication and mass media fields. Communication & Mass Media Complete includes 948 active indexed and abstracted journals. 918 of them are peer-reviewed. 

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Search Tips and Tricks

If you are looking for a complex discovery of terms, use parentheses to group your search terms. Without parentheses, a search is executed from left to right. Words that you enclose in parentheses are searched first. Why is this important? Parentheses allow you to control and define the way the search will be executed. The left phrase in parentheses is searched first; then based upon those results the second phrase in parentheses is searched.

Generalized Search:
criticism or media and news or publicity

Focused Search:
(criticism OR media) AND (news OR publicity)

In the first example, the search will retrieve everything on criticism or media news AS WELL AS everything on publicity whether or not the articles refer to criticism or media.

In the second example, we have used the parentheses to control our query to only find articles about news or publicity that reference criticism or media.


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