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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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  • 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.
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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
    Communication & Mass Media Complete contains scholarly and popular articles on various aspects of communication, mass media, and other closely related fields of study, including film and television.
    Coverage: 1915 - present. Updated: Regularly.
  • CQ Researcher  Icon
    CQ Researcher provides coverage of domestic and international affairs. Reports provide: an introductory overview; background and chronology on the topic; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key sources. Simultaneous user limit:50
    Coverage: 1991 - Present. Updated: Weekly.
  • Academic Search Premier
    Academic Search Premier offers full-text journals spanning a broad range of areas of academic study in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society  Icon  Icon  Icon
    Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society contains entries on many controversial issues, providing background information, expert perspectives, and primary and secondary sources to give broader context and understanding to the issue. Note: Contains images, video, and primary sources.
    Updated: Regularly.
  • iPOLL
    iPOLL is a source for United States public opinion and survey data. Valid email address required for login. If you are uncomfortable supplying your own email address, you may use
    Coverage: 1935 - Present. Updated: Daily.
  • Google Scholar  Icon
    Google Scholar searches across many disciplines and sources. Subjects include: Physics, engineering, social science, business, biology, chemistry, medicine. Source types include: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Specify Fairfield University (via Scholar Settings) for enhanced access to our library resources.
    Updated: Regularly.
  • Global Issues in Context
    Global Issues in Context is a non-U.S. centric resource that provides information and analysis on a variety of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health and cultural issues, from a global perspective.

Databases Containing Advertisements

  • AdForum Creative Network  Icon  Icon  Icon
    Contains television commercials, print ads, and other aspects of advertising campaigns along with information about their creators.

Other Databases to Support Communication Research

    ABI/INFORM contains scholarly & popular articles concerning international, national, local, & regional business news coverage for public and private companies. Topics include: Business and industry, computers and internet, economics and trade, environment, government and law, and social issues and policy. Content: industry & market research, commodity reports, company reports (Hoovers and Annual Reports), Country Reports, dissertations & working papers
    Coverage: 1971-Present Updated: Monthly
  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text
    CINAHL provides full text and indexing to articles in nursing, allied health, and biomedicine literature. Covers nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and several allied health disciplines.
    Coverage: 1982 - Present. Updated: Bimonthly.
  • Film and Television Index w/ Full Text
    Film and Television Index w/ Full Text contains scholarly, popular and trade articles on a variety of topics, including film and television theory, preservation and restoration, screenwriting, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews.
    Coverage: 1914 - Present. Updated: Regularly
  • Gender Studies
    Gender Studies covers the full spectrum of gender-engaged scholarship inside and outside academia.Contains Women's Studies International, Men's Studies, Women's Studies Abstracts and more.
  • 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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