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Databases tell you about articles that have appeared in periodicals.
A magazine or journal issued at regular or
stated intervals (usually weekly, monthly, or quarterly).
Source: Oxford English Dictionary
BrowZine is a service provided by the University Library that lets you browse, monitor, and read scholarly journals in your subject areas. It works by consolidating academic journal articles from GSU Library subscriptions with Open Access collections and organizes them into an easily browsable newsstand format.
The web version is listed in our A-Z database list under "B." You can also download the free app for your mobile devices.<
With BrowZine, you can:
If you set up a free personal account, you can also:
View an introductory video here: Staying Current with BrowZine For more information about how to download BrowZine, see our BrowZine Research Guide
Most databases have an Advanced Search option, which will let you search using multiple terms at once. For example:
An asterisk (*) is a truncation symbol that will bring up results using all the letters leading up to (or following) the * -- so, Islam* will bring up both "Islam" and "Islamic" etc.
The search string in the third box got cut off in the image: it should be lgbt or gay or homosexual or lesbian or bisexual or transgender or queer -- the "ors" mean that you're asking for articles that use any of the terms linked by the "ors"
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A database's Advanced Search option will also let you limit your search in a number of ways, including:
For example, here are some options that often appear in Advanced Search:
Different subject databases may have other options as well, but most of our databases have these as Advanced Search options.
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One box that you SHOULD NOT CHECK is the "Full Text" box. Sounds backwards, I know, but here's why:
Many databases will give you only the citation for a particular article and not the full text.
But! We have lots of databases, and the article that you need may be in a different database.
If you find an article that you want, and it looks like we don't have full text, click the blue "Find It @ GSU" button. That button will point you to the article if it's held in another database, or will help you set up an Interlibrary Loan for the article.
If you check the "Full Text" box in a database, you're actually saying that you only want articles which that particular database has available in "full text." You're shutting off that "Find It @ GSU" option.
Communication is interdisciplinary!
Don't forget to check related research guides to find additional databases for your topic. To see all of our databases, use our A-Z list.
These databases focus on specific social-science disciplines. To search more broadly, try the databases in the "Interdisciplinary Articles Databases" box.
You can also use the dropdown "Find by Subject" box in the Articles / Databases tab to identify relevant databases by subject.
Subject-specific research guides can also help you find more databases for your topic.
In this video Communication Librarian Jill Anderson teaches
All of these are skills that you can use in many other databases as well!
to search names as a phrase | ex: "anderson cooper"
as a wild card | ex: wom*n
AND between words to NARROW results | ex: media AND healthcare
OR between words to EXPAND results | ex: African American OR Black
Use the Journal Citation Reports database to identify Communication journals by impact factor: (what's an impact factor?)
**Note that Journal Citation Reports only ranks journals that are included in the Web of Science database. Not every journal in every field is included in Web of Science (this is especially the case for humanities fields), so not every journal may have an impact factor attached to it.**
To see if the GSU Library provides access to a particular periodical (newspaper, magazine, or journal), follow these steps:
This search will give you more information about our holdings of this journal/magazine/newspaper.
This search does NOT take you directly to individual articles in that periodical, but if a "Full Text Online" result appears, you can click there to search in the journal.