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Resources for the USD Community interested in Communication Studies.
Last Updated: Jan 23, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Note: APA is the standard for Communication Studies at USD.


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  • Writing Center
    The USD Writing Center helps students improve their academic writing. Site also includes quick links for useful tips.

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Welcome to the Communication Studies Guide

This guide is designed to give you a start on your research in Communication Studies. Use the tabs above to navigate to the different sections of this guide.

Click here to go to the Department of Communication Studies home page.

Key Electronic Resources

Use the databases below for locating news stories, scholarly articles, and bibliographies.

  • Communication & Mass Media Complete
    Provides the most robust, quality research solution in areas related to communication and mass media. CMMC incorporates the content of CommSearch and Mass Media Articles Index along with numerous other journals in communication and mass media.
  • ComAbstracts
    Contains abstracts of articles published in the primary professional literature of communication(s) studies.
  • Academic Search Premier
    Provides full text for over 2,940 scholarly publications including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, health sciences, and ethnic studies.
    Includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. The entire corpus is full-text searchable.
  • Dissertations and Theses Full text
    The database includes bibliographic citations for materials ranging from the first U.S. dissertation, accepted in 1861, to those accepted as recently as last semester. Dissertations published from 1980 forward also include 350-word abstracts.
  • Project Muse
    Provides online access to the full text of over 100 scholarly journals in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.
  • PsycINFO
    Includes psychology and relevant materials from related disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, education, social work, law, criminology, animal behavior, and organizational behavior. Allows you to limit to USD holdings and includes links to full-text.
  • Sage Premier Journals
    The Premier package provides access to virtually all of the SAGE journal titles in the social sciences, business, humanities, medicine, physical and life sciences, including a backfile dating back to 1999. Journals can be browsed by title.
  • Factiva
    Factiva includes the Dow Jones and Reuters news wires, The Wall Street Journal and over 8,000 other magazines, newspapers, and trade journals from a wide variety of disciplines.
  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm
    Provides cover-to-cover full-image online access to recently microfilmed editions of The New York Times , Los Angeles Times , and the Wall Street Journal .
  • Los Angeles Times
    Full-text coverage of the LA times from 1985 to the present.
  • Lexis Nexis Academic Universe
    A full-text database of over 5,000 newspapers, magazines, wire services, business publications and company information along with basic legal and medical resources
  • American Film Scripts Online
    American Film Scripts Online contains 1,009 scripts by 1,062 writers together with detailed, fielded information on the scenes, characters and people related to the scripts. In addition, the database includes facsimilie images for more than 500 of these screenplays.
  • New cinemas : journal of contemporary film
    A great source of scholarly articles and reviews of contemporary films worldwide.
  • Pew Research Journalism Project
    Free resource providing access to essays, articles, reports, and data sets.

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