Communication Databases & Descriptions

Communication Research Guide

Academic Search Elite (EBSCO)

Indexing and abstracts for 3,484 journals with fulltext for over  2,000 journals, including more than 1,500 peer-reviewed titles.

Credo Reference

Credo Reference is a full-text online reference service. The collection includes over three million entries from hundreds of well-regarded titles from some of world's the best reference publishers. Contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy, science to Shakespeare and law to literature.

Experian Simmons

Experian Simmons is a premier resource for marketing research. There are multiple datasets for information on consumer lifestyles, attitudes, and preferences. There is also information on specific brands as well.

FirstSearch (Partial Full Text)

A collection of 57 subject-specific indexes and databases.


A research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond. Comprised of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports, GreenFILE offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the ecology.

Humanities Source (EBSCO)

Developed from a merger of high-quality databases from EBSCO Publishing and H.W. Wilson, and including many unique sources that were never previously available, this database offers worldwide full-text content pertaining to literary, scholarly and creative thought.  Humanities Source provides full text—plus abstracts and bibliographic indexing—for the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities. Including feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, and much more, Humanities Source is a valuable collection for students, researchers and educators interested in all aspects of the humanities. Content Includes:  full text for more than 1,450 journals, high-quality indexing and in-depth abstracts for thousands of journals, indexing for hundreds of thousands of articles, including book reviews,  millions of records, a unique subject thesaurus, and more.

IEEE Electronic Library (IEL)

Provides full text access to IEEE transactions, journals, magazines, and conference proceedings published since 1988, plus select content back to 1950 and all current IEEE standards.

Informaworld (Taylor & Francis Online

InformaWorld hosts journals, eBooks, abstract databases and reference works published by the Taylor & Francis group, Routledge, Psychology Press and Informa Healthcare.

JSTOR (Full Text)

Provides full text access for scholarly journals in the areas of African-American studies, anthropology, Asian studies, ecology, economics, education, finance, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, political science, and sociology. The Life Science Collection is also available. This database covers a complete journal run from the first issue up to the most recent three to five years.


Provides access to journals, magazines, and newspapers in full text format. The subject areas covered are news, business, law, health, and reference. This database is updated daily, and sources can be searched for the last five or ten years, and in some cases back 30 plus years to provide bibliographic records. This database contains over 5200 sources.

Newspaper Source (EBSCO)

Newspaper Source provides cover to cover full text for 35 national (U.S.) and international newspapers. Also contains selective full text for 375 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full text television and radio news transcripts are provided.


Indexes every published congress, symposium, conference exposition, workshop and meeting received by the British Library Document Supply Centre. Indexing begins in 1993.


Proceedings indexes the published literature of the most significant conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia workshops and conventions in a wide range of disciplines.

ProQuest Central

ProQuest Central is the largest aggregated full-text database in the market today totaling more than 11,250 titles—with over 8,400 titles in full text. It serves as the central resource for researchers at all levels in all markets.

SAGE Journals Online

Fulltext access to over 460 journals in business, humanities, social sciences, science, technology and caregivers. The Guide covers diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology, and issues in an A-Z format, with sidebars addressing recent developments in medicine and concise information boxes for all diseases and disorders.

Social Sciences Full Text (H.W. Wilson):

Covers over 550 periodicals in the fields of anthropology, economics, geography, law and criminology, political science, social work, and sociology. Covers 1983 to the present. Updated monthly.

SRDS (Must use Internet Explorer to access)

The SRDS database of media rates and information catalogs more than 100,000 U.S. and international media properties. SRDS staff verifies each listing up to 20 times per year and each month make more than 21,000 listing updates.


Ulrich's is an authoritative source of information about magazine and journal publications.  It is the best place to look to determine if a publication is peer reviewed.
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