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CMAT297 - Communication Research

CMAT 297 Tutorial Table of Contents:

Introduction         Scholarly Sources        Keywords        Finding Books      

Find It Button/ILL     
    Finding Articles       Statistics        Citing Your Work       

Getting Help


You are going to need scholarly research articles on communications topics for this class.  If you need a review of what that means, check out this page.

These are databases that might be useful, depending on your topic.  If you need help selecting the appropriate ones, let me know.  However, it is a good idea to check out any that seem remotely relevant.  The best articles could be lurking where you least expect them!

NOTE: If you're off campus, a window will pop up asking for your affiliation with the University of Maryland system and then you will need to type in the 14 digit barcode on the back of your Gull Card as well as your last name.


  • Academic Search Complete - a multidisciplinary database from EBSCO with a mix of scholarly and popular resources, a lot of full-text and Find It links when there is no full-text available

  • JSTOR - scholarly full-text resources; the newest documents are 3-5 years old.

  • Lexis-Nexis Academic - this database contains full-text world news, legal and business information.

  • National Newspapers - a collection of full-text major newspapers including The New York Times and Washington Post.


  • America: History and Life - covers United States and Canadian history, both full text articles and citations for others with Find-It buttons.

  • Business Source Premier - company, industry, business information with the familiar EBSCO interface. 

  • Columbia International Affairs Online - full text theory, research, and case studies on international affairs.

  • Communication & Mass Media Complete - our database for Communication and Media studies!  An EBSCO database like Academic Search Complete, you will find both scholarly, popular and trade sources as well as full text and citations.  This is probably the single best database to find scholarly communication articles!

  • CQ Weekly - Congressional Quarterly Weekly -  your opportunity to find out what's going on in Congress!

  • ERIC - "Education Resources Information Center," a database with full text education articles and ERIC documents as well as Find It links to non-full text resources.

  • Humanities International Complete - database covering the Humanities with quite a few Communications journals included.

  • PsycINFO - the gold standard database for psychology and related fields.

  • Social Sciences Abstracts - articles and citations for interdisciplinary fields such as addiction studies, anthropology, corrections, economics, gender studies, gerontology, minority studies, political sciences, psychology, sociology, and more

Hints for the EBSCO Databases:

Try searching the EBSCO databases simultaneously.  There is a dropdown menu where you can select the databases you want to search.  I recommend Communication and Mass Media Complete, Academic Search Complete, Humanities International Complete, and PsycINFO for the best articles on Communication.  You can also use the Refine Search tab to limit your search to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Sources!

This tutorial was created by the liaison to Communications, Krista Knapp.  Please let me know if you have questions or comments.  (updated 5/2010)