CMNS 800 : Contemporary Approaches in Communication Studies Research Guide

This course surveys current interdisciplinary perspectives in communication studies and theory. It is normally offered in the fall term and expected in the first year of graduate study.

PPT (Oct 4, 2019)

How to identify key literature

Other background sources see the Communication Research Guide left sidebar

Finding journal literature

List of selected databases for Communication research

Consider searching databases in related disciplines (sociology, political science, urban studies, latin american studies, etc.) after grounding your topic in CMNS-centred research.

Interdisciplinary indexes  

It can be helpful to use an interdisciplinary database to help you identify which academic disciplines have an interest in your topic. This can help you identify theoretical and methodological approaches to your research topic, as well as scholars working in this area.

  • Web of Science  (topic and citation searching) scholarly but not necessarily Communication focused articles

  • Google Scholar (full-text article searching, academic web sites,  conference and working papers, dissertations, etc.)  NOT necessarily scholarly

  • Dissertations and Theses Abstracts and Index  (dissertations and theses, predominantly from North America)

Assessing journal literature