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Communication Currents

  • Communication Currents
    Published by the National Communication Association (NCA), this online web magazine offers current communication research published by academic journals affiliated to the NCA in a language that is easy to digest for general audiences.

Journal Locator

Journal Locator

Find specific journals,magazines, and newspapers.

Watch the video below to learn how to find an article if you have the citation.

Beyond the DNL

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Try Interlibrary Loan!

  • Use materials from other libraries' collections free of charge.
  • Articles arrive via e-mail within 3-5 business days.
  • Books arrive within 2 weeks and are held in your name.
  • You will be notified by e-mail when your items arrive.

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Advanced Search

Before searching in a specialized subject database, you might want to try a broad interdisciplinary database, like our new All Search tool.

Selected Databases

Use databases to find articles on your topic. These databases are the best place to start.

  • Communication & Mass Media Complete
    Offers cover-to-cover indexing and abstracting for hundreds of journals and trade publications, with many articles in full-text. Includes current and historical issues, and covers all aspects of communications including broadcasting, linguistics, and journalism.
  • CQ Researcher  Icon
    Reporting and analysis of domestic and international issues in the news, including health, social trends, criminal justice, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Reports include background and chronology; tables and maps; and a pro-con debate. Simultaneous user limit:50.
  • Academic Search Premier
    Covers the major areas of the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, with many full-text and peer-reviewed journals and a growing number of ebooks.
  • Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society  Icon  Icon  Icon
    This database supports inquiry into today’s most significant issues and problems, including cyber bullying, bioterrorism, gun violence, abortion, identity theft, smoking, world poverty, transgender rights, performance enhancing drugs, and many other topics. Includes historical background and contemporary perspectives from a variety of primary and secondary sources, as well as images, audio, and video.
  • iPOLL
    From the University of Connecticut’s Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, a large selection of survey questions. The Center preserves the data from polls collected by many leading survey organizations in the United States, including news outlets, think tanks, and universities. (Valid email address required for login. If you are uncomfortable supplying your own email address, you may use )
  • Google Scholar  Icon
    Search for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Specify Fairfield University (via Scholar Settings) for enhanced access to our library resources.
  • Global Issues in Context
    A collection of readings on global issues, conflicts, and news. Subject areas include sociology, current events, civics, politics, science, economics, cultural/religious studies, women’s studies, human rights, and English composition. Contains video and other multimedia files.
  • All Databases for Communication . . .

Databases Containing Advertisements

  • AdForum Creative Network  Icon  Icon  Icon
    Information on thousands of advertising agencies worldwide with their specialties and clients, and examples of their print and television ad campaigns.

Other Databases to Support Communication Research

    Comprehensive selection of key business journals, most of which are in full-text, as well as trade publications, conference proceedings, and market reports. Covers accounting, economics, finance, information technology, management, marketing, and real estate, with hundreds of industries such as oil, energy, the environment, and healthcare management.
  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text
    With full-text for the top nursing and allied health literature and indexing for thousands of additional journals and documents, this database covers a wide range of topics including biomedicine, alternative and complementary medicine, and consumer health. Contains evidence-based care sheets and research reports.
  • Film and Television Index w/ Full Text
    A comprehensive bibliographic and full-text database covering the entire spectrum of television and film, including theory, preservation and restoration, screenwriting, production, cinematography, and technical aspects. Includes journal articles, books, and Variety movie reviews.
  • Gender Studies
    Combines the Women’s Studies International and the Men’s Studies databases with an additional coverage of sexual diversity issues. Contains professional journals, conference papers, theses, books, and government reports.
  • PsycINFO
    PsycINFO provides scholarly journals, book chapters, and dissertations in the field of psychology. Citations link to PsycARTICLES for full-text.
    Coverage: 1872 - Present. Updated: Continually.

Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks

  • When searching databases, use AND, OR, and parentheses to focus your search.
  • The asterisk * symbol will search for all variations of a word. For example: basket* will search for baskets and basketry. Using quotes will search for a phrase.
  • Combine synonyms with OR and put them inside parentheses, like this:
femini* AND (film OR "motion picture")
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