The interdisciplinary nature of Communication requires researchers to use a variety of databases. Below are the databases we find that students in Communication use most frequently, but there are many other possibilities depending on your topic. If you are unsure about what database to use, just ask me!
When resrearching in Communication you will often come across articles that use certain survey instruments or other measurement scales, etc. and want to locate them. Here are some tips for doing that.
1. Look in the appendix of that article.
2. Determine whether the authors of the study developed the instrument or were using one from an earlier study.
3. If they were using an earlier one, check the bibliography and locate the original study that used the instrument and check the appendix of that article.
4. If the authors developed the instrument but did not put it in the appendix, you have several options:
To find books in our library, use the Online Catalog. Call numbers for Communication Science resources are in P87 - P90s. These are on the 5th floor of the Reynolds wing. Some books on communication may be shelved with other disciplines. Books on women in communication, for example, may be with the Womens' Studies books, etc.
Communication Science materials have P call numbers and are concentrated on Reynolds 5. This section is divided: