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FYCO-02-01: Mass Media & Popular Culture: Research Databases & Journals

This guide provides resources for the First Year Seminar: Mass Media & Popular Culture

Suggested Communication Databases

For information on topics for Mass Media & Popular Culture you will need to consult our Research Databases for scholarly journal articles and other resources.  Below are some suggestions for databases that will be most helpful to you.

Full-text Access

Many databases provide full-text access to journals. However, you can use the GET ARTICLE icon to search for full-text coverage of the title you need in one of the other databases. If no access is available, you can request an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) for the materials.

 ILL Request Form

Research Minutes: Scholarly vs Popular Articles

Evaluating Resources

 

                Popular

                Trade

                Scholarly

·  Colorful covers

·   Glossy paper

·  Ads

·  Articles on current

    events

·  General interest

·  Short articles

·  Written by general staff

·  Reviewed by general

    editor

·  No bibliographies

    or footnotes

·  Usually called magazine

·  Glossy

·  Ads

·  Articles on industry

trends

·  Short articles

·  Written for members

of specific industry

·  Written by staff or

    experts in the field

·  Short or no

    bibliographies

 

·  Plain cover, plain paper

·  No ads

·  Primary research, theories, methodologies

·  Lengthy, in-depth articles

·  Written for researchers &

    professionals

·  Written by experts in the

    field & researchers

·  Peer review by subject

    experts

·  Extensive bibliographies &

    references

 

 

 

Journal Locator

Use the Journal Locator to see if the Library has access to a journal or periodical.

Need help? Check out the Journal Locator Tutorial.

Google Scholar Search

Search Google Scholar for scholarly full-text materials available in addition to those you locate in HawkFind. Follow links to the right of search results to view full article when available. Check out the video below (created by Concordia University) for search tips!

Google Scholar Search