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This is the research guide for the Communication Research Capstone course. My name is Barbara Ghilardi and I am the research librarian leading your class session. If you need further help this semester (and beyond!) feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below, you will find some database suggestions (on the left) for locating scholarly journal articles to support your research paper:
Use databases to find articles on your topic. These databases are the best place to start.
Use this link to search by name for industry publications (ex. Harvard Business Review). Most publications will be available in more than one database but make sure to note the years covered as it could vary.
The video below recaps the peer review process, which you are probably already familiar with. The following are additional important criteria to consider as you complete your literature reviews:
Can't find the book or article you want?
Try Interlibrary Loan (ILL)! With ILL, you can:
Request materials online:
Other options for finding books:
If all else fails, you can always try searching Google Books to see if you can access the partial or full text of the book you need!
Other options for finding articles:
Sometimes if the Library doesn't have the full text of an article, you can find it by searching for the article title in Google Scholar.
Use Google Scholar as shown in class to locate more recent research. Paste in the title of your article in quotes and then click on the Cited By link to see all of the articles that have subsequently cited the original article. This is also a great tool to use to gauge influential an article is - how many times has it been cited?
Google Alerts are a great way to follow a company or topic. Set up one here: https://www.google.com/alerts