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Great place to get the basic information on a topic and identify key search terms.
A great place to start your research on key topics in the social and behavioral sciences. There is a "Content Type" on the database home page called Debates. It covers current topics for students participating in debates, providing point and counterpoint information.
Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is like librarian-approved Wikipedia. It has encyclopedias and other online reference books that cover a wide variety of subject areas, all in one place, so you can do one-stop-searching. You can also select to search in a specific subject area, choosing from subjects like art, biography, history, law, science, and many more.
Very useful for persuasive speech.
In-depth, non-biased reports on controversial current topics (abortion, terrorism, cyber-bullying, fracking, etc).
Points of View
Very useful for persuasive speech.
Essays, reports, primary sources, newspapers, transcripts, and more focusing on controversial current topics presented from multiple viewpoints.
Communication Related Resources
Communication Source (inclusive of Communication and Mass Media Complete)
Communication Source is the most comprehensive resource for communication research. Communication Source includes Communication and Mass Media Complete, Communication Abstracts (formerly published by Sage) and includes many unique sources in the field of communications. Communication Source offers abstracts and indexing as well as full-text content from publications worldwide pertaining to Communication, Linguistics, Rhetoric and Discourse, Speech-Language Pathology, Media Studies and other fields relevant to the discipline. Indexing for most major journals is from the publication's first issue to the present.
Business Source Complete
The largest and most in-depth business research database available. Contains scholarly research, trade publications, and industry news and reports. Includes books, case studies, company profiles, country reports, industry reports, market research reports, peer reviewed scholarship from more than 2000 journals available in full text, SWOT analysis and thousands of trade publications. Coverage begins in 1886 (yes, 1886).
U.S. Major Daily Newspapers
US Major Daily Newspapers provides indexing to and the full text of the following nationally oriented newspapers:
Chicago Tribune ( Full Text: 1996 - Present; Citations/Abstracts: 1989 - Present )
Los Angeles Times ( 1985 - Present )
New York Times ( 1980 - Present )
Wall Street Journal ( 1984 - Present )
Washington Post ( 1987 - Present )
Access the full-text for more than 400 newspapers and other sources. Includes: USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Times (London); plus transcripts from CNN, National Public Radio, CBS News, Fox News, CNBC, etc.
News ( WestLaw )
A database containing newspapers, magazines, journals, newsletters, government press releases, and transcripts of television and radio shows and congressional testimony. Coverage varies by source.
The Concise Encyclopedia of Communication
Publication Date: 2015-05-04
Presents key concepts and entries from the twelve-volume ICA International Encyclopedia of Communication (2008), condensing leading scholarship into a single volume. Based on the twelve-volume IEC, this new concise edition presents key concepts and the most relevant headwords of communication science in an A-Z format.
Encyclopedia of Communication Theory
Publication Date: 2009-08-18
These two volumes provide a comprehensive overview of communication theory, offering current descriptions of theories as well as the background issues and concepts that comprise these theories.
Encyclopedia of Media and Communication
Publication Date: 2013-04-12
The first comprehensive encyclopedia for the growing fields of media and communication studies, the Encyclopedia of Media and Communication is an essential resource for beginners and seasoned academics alike. Contributions from over fifty experts and practitioners provide an accessible introduction to these disciplines' most important concepts, figures, and schools of thought – from Jean Baudrillard to Tim Berners Lee, and podcasting to Peircean semiotics
The SAGE Handbook of Social Media
Publication Date: 2018-01-02
This handbook addresses the most significant research themes, methodological approaches and debates in this field via substantial chapters specially commissioned from leading scholars coming from a range of disciplinary perspectives centered on but extending beyond the social sciences and humanities. Part One: Histories and Pre-Histories Part Two: Approaches and Methods Part Three: Technologies & Business Models Part Four: Practices & Problems Part Five: Social, Cultural & Economic Domains
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