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Communication & Mass Media Complete
Provides research in communication and mass media studies and in closely-related fields of study. A unique feature of the database is the inclusion of Author Profiles, providing biographical, bibliographic, and contact information for the most prolific, most cited, and most frequently searched-for authors in the database.
Communications and Mass Media Collection
Indexes more than 100 journals focused on all aspects of the communications field. Key subjects covered include advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and many more.
Academic Search Premier (Ebsco)
Academic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary database that provides citations and full-text for articles published in nearly 4,500 journals, including more than 3,700 peer-reviewed titles.
Other Databases to Try
Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for academic research including journal articles, books, technical reports, conference proceedings, and other scholarly material.
Using the library links ensures that you don't have to pay for articles. Just use the "Find it @ WOU" link located to the right of or below the article (you need to use the expand arrows to see it when it is below the article).
JSTOR Arts & Sciences
Full-text archives of more than 1300 scholarly journals across all disciplines, some of which date from the 19th century. One excellent use of a JSTOR search is when you are seeking a unusual phrase or wanting 19th century or early 20th-century scholarly articles; broader search results can be overwhelming. However, the other databases will lead you to JSTOR as appropriate, when the article is held in the full-text archive.
Women and Social Movements in the United States
Provides online full-text access to more than 100 projects that present and interpret historic documents related to women's history in American activism, most of which are not otherwise available online. Each project poses an interpretive question and provides a collection of documents that address the question. The site includes thousands of primary documents, analyses, images, and charts, and links out to relevant websites. Also includes the online edition of the five-volume biographical dictionary, Notable American Women (1971-2004).
Films on Demand: Communication
A direct link into the Communication listing of streaming educational videos distributed by Films Media Group, licensed for viewing, linking, etc. by current WOU students, faculty and staff anytime, anywhere.
HeinOnline has more than 130 million pages of legal history available in an online, fully-searchable, image-based format. HeinOnline bridges the gap in legal history by providing comprehensive coverage from inception of more than 2,200 law and law-related periodicals.
Newsbank provides access to over 900 newspapers from 52 US states and territories. Content ranges in date from 1978 to current.
Polling the Nations
This database contains data gathered in more than 14,000 surveys conducted by more than 700 polling organizations in the United States and more than 80 other countries. Each record reports a question asked and the responses given. Also included in each record are the name of the organization that conducted the poll, the date the information was released, the sample size, and the groups or areas included in the interview.
Film & Television Literature Index
A comprehensive collection of bibliographic information for scholarly and popular sources spanning the entire spectrum of film and television studies.
Humanities Abstracts covers topics including art, classical studies, dance, film, journalism, philosophy, religion and much more. Content includes feature articles, interviews, obituaries and original works of fiction, drama, poetry and reviews.
Reader's Guide Full-Text Mega
Virtually every aspect of modern life is covered in Readers’ Guide Full Text Mega, which features indexing for 460 periodicals from 1983 to the present, as well as full-text articles from more than 260 journals dating 1994 to the present. Articles provide access to illustrations, photographs and other original graphical data. Content is also constantly being added, as the database is updated on a daily basis to incorporate the latest information.
Provides online full-text access to reference books in many academic disciplines, including Communication and Media Studies, Environment, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Social Issues, and more.
Biography Reference Center
This database contains more than 450,000 full-text biographies and obituaries, and more than 32,000 photographs of notable individuals. Content is drawn from many highly respected reference sources published by H. W. Wilson and others, including Current Biography, the World Author Series, Nobel Prize Winners, and World Artists. Search by name, profession or field of renown, title, place of origin, gender, race/ethnicity, titles of works, birth date, death date, keyword, and availability of images.
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center provides intelligent, thoughtfully worded discussion centering on the key issues of our time, such as genetic engineering, environmental policy, prejudice, abortion, health care reform, and media violence.
Points of View Reference Center
Points of View Reference Center contains 400 topics, each with an overview (objective background / description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument). Each topic features a Guide to Critical Analysis which helps the reader evaluate the controversy and enhances students’ ability to read critically, develop their own perspective on the issues, and write or debate an effective argument on the topic
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