For books in the circulating collection (Main Stacks), use the Online Catalog.
A Variety of Research Guides are available for subject searching. The PRINT guides provide resources in print at FLITE, while the WEB guides provide electronic resources available at FLITE.
Finding Journal Articles
Please read Off-Campus Database Access if you want to do your searching from home.
Communication databases are located under Social Science databases and include:
- Communication and Mass Media Complete
The most comprehensive indexing source in the field of communication, Communication & Mass Media Complete provides citations to articles in over 500 journals. Full-text coverage is provided for over 200 core journals. Though indexing and/or full-text for most journals starts in the 1990s, coverage extends back to the early or mid-twentieth century for several long-running titles.
- Communication Studies
Communication Studies contains over 5,000 full-text articles from 19 journals published by Sage and participating societies. Subjects included are journalism, media studies, political communication, mass communication, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, and business communication.
- PsycINFO and Psyc Articles
PsycINFO is the most comprehensive indexing source for psychology and associated fields; PsycArticles is a full-text add-on to PsycINFO. Over 41,000 articles are available from about 50 core journals, with full-text coverage, in many cases, extending back to 1985.
- Social Work Abstracts
The Social Work Abstracts database is produced by the National Association of Social Workers and contains more than 45,000 journal records from social work and other related fields. Coverage is from 1977 to present.
Use the Find a Periodical search to find a specific journal title at FLITE.
Remember to search the title of the journal, not the title of the article.
There are many webpages on the Internet which seem to provide quality information, but be aware that many provide less than valuable or credible information. Check out these websites for some real examples.
Getting the Article
If HTML or PDF full text options are available, click the link to go directly to the full text.
If full text is not an option:
By clicking "Find
It", the range of options
available for document retrieval (print, microform, online). If the full text of the
article is available, you will be able to find the article by clicking on the link.
If the only message you see is "Request document via Interlibrary Loan";, you will need to order the article. By clicking on the link in the window provided, you will be directed to a blank Interlibrary Loan form to be filled out.
Citation Style Guides
Whenever you are quoting or using information from a source, you must credit or cite that source. Failure to do so is plagiarism which can lead to expulsion from the University. FLITE provides a Plagiarism and Citation guide to help you learn more about this important topic. The tutorials and accompanying quizzes can help you determine what constitutes plagiarism.
APA List of References
More examples of how cite different types of sources using the APA format.
Copies of the full-length APA manual (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th ed.) ) isfound in the Ready Reference section on Floor 1 of the library near the Oval Information Desk.
If you have any questions about what we went over during the library visit, Email Mari Kermit-Canfield.
Don't forget, you are welcome to come to the Oval Information Desk and ask for help at any time. You can also call us 231-591-3602 or chat with us.
Last Update: January 25, 2008