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JOUR 2500 Foundations of Media Research: Finding Articles

Research guide for all sections of Journalism 2500.

Where to start?

I've picked out a few recommended databases for you below, but these are only a few of the many databases the library provides to you. If you're researching a topic that doesn't fit the subject areas below:

  • The database Communication & Mass Media Complete is useful for most Jour 2500 topics. Try that first.
  • Try the Discover search tool, which searches most of our online journals all at once. (Drawback: it sometimes gives too many results to easily sort through.)

Contact Jason or the Research Support desk if you need help or advice.

What's a scholarly source?

Scholarly sources (journal articles and often book chapters):

  • Are written by scholars/experts in the field, for an audience of other scholars/experts
  • Include an abstract, a literature review, a discussion of research methods, and a bibliography
  • Are peer-reviewed by other scholars before publication

More info

Many databases give you only a citation telling you where to find the article, not the article itself.

Click the Find It @GSU button to open a window with links to the article you need.

If that fails, try searching for the journal title in GIL-Find, or use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request it from another library.

Lost? Stuck? Too many options? Ask a Librarian for help!


Social Sciences

  • PsycINFO (at EBSCOhost): If you're writing on an audience response or human communication topic, start with PsycINFO.

PsycINFO is useful for topics like: What is the effect of X on the audience? How does X affect personal relationships?

Media industries

If you're researching media as a business, public relations, advertising, or related topics, try:   


Peer review v. popular press