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COMM 5400: Communication Philosophies, Theories, and Research Traditions

Resources & Research Tips

Welcome, COMM 5400!

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

Selected Databases

Use databases to find articles in the field of Communication.

Theories & Research Methods

Evaluate Your Sources

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:

  • become familiar with the major scholars working on your research topic
  • keep an eye out for bias, errors, contradictions, or misinformation
  • research the sponsorship of the research study
  • consider intercultural, political, international, and ethnic influences or perspectives

Beyond the DNL

Can't find the book or article you want?

Try Interlibrary Loan (ILL)! With ILL, you can:

  • Use materials from other libraries' collections free of charge
  • Get articles via e-mail within 3-5 business days
  • Get books within 2 weeks
  • Be notified by e-mail when your items arrive (physical materials will be held at the Library in your name)

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!

Google Book Search

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.

Google Scholar Search

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 Scholar


Google Alerts are a great way to follow a company or topic. Set up one here: 

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