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CMJ 103: Fundamentals of Public Communication

Your subject librarian is Joe Fernandez 

  • Use relevant online databases
  • Use appropriate search terms
  • Contact your subject librarian if you need assistance

Reference Resources

Online Databases

Use the drop-down menu at to identify online databases to find resources about your topic. Some databases that might be useful for your research are:

  • OneSearch - get an overview of available resources; many in full text
  • Communication and Mass Media Complete
  • JSTOR - archive of scholarly journal articles
  • Project Muse - full-text articles from over 400 journals
  • Academic Search Complete - articles on a wide range of topics; includes full texts of speeches
    Good source to start your topic research
  • URSUS - electronic and print books as well as to locate journals
    To limit your search results to ebooks, click the Modify Search tab and choose Material Type "EBOOK"
  • Digital Commons - works by academic scholars 
  • Proquest Newsstand - more than 500 U.S. and international papers
    Look for background information on current topics such as global poverty, terrorism
  • Lexis/Nexis - Legal, business and current sources
    Full texts of Supreme Court cases, periodical and newspaper articles
  • Business Source Complete - business-related topics
    Full-text industry and company profiles, country reports, business-related speeches
  • PsycINFO - psychology-related topics
    Resources in psychology and related disciplines
  • CQ Researcher - in-depth coverage of significant issues
    Topics range from social and teen issues to environment, health, education and science and technology
  • CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online - working papers on wide range of topics
    Full-text documents from selected journals, books, working papers, conference proceedings, and policy briefs.

Check the following for your topics:

  1. Vital Speeches available through Academic Search Complete is a collection of speeches by public figures
  2. Congressional Digest available through Academic Search Complete gives you full texts of public policy issues

Use URSUS to locate books and journals in the library about your topic. You may also request books and articles from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan


Selected Online Resources

What are scholarly peer-reviewed articles?


RefWorks is a citation management tool that allows you to

  • Create lists of citations of resources from your research.
  • Insert citations in your paper from your lists of citations
  • Create a list of references at the end of your paper

RefWorks Guide

Where to go for assistance?

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