Communication Studies:Journals/Databases

Key resources for research in Communication Studies

Scholarly vs. Popular

Locating articles from academic, peer-reviewed publications.

How can you tell if it is a scholarly article?

  • Written by a professor or expert in the field
  • Presents original research
  • Published in a journal that is refereed by experts to ensure quality
  • Includes a bibliography of sources consulted
  • Is free of advertisements

Sometimes you may want popular articles because they are more current.

How can you tell if it is a popular article?

  • Cover contemporary topics
  • Written by staff writers
  • Selected by an editor
  • Few or no footnotes or bibliographies
  • Many ads and pictures


Selecting a Database

To find articles at the UT Libraries, you will need to use a database. Databases index articles published in scholarly research journals, popular magazines, newspapers, conference proceedings, and other sources. If you are doing research on a specific topic use the databases listed on this page. For research in other fields, select from the list of SUBJECT DATABASES. The category called 'General Topics' is a good place to start research on most topics.

Databases for Communication

  • Communication and Mass Media Complete
    Key index for communication and media journals, books, and more. Some with full text. Includes references and citations which cite a given article.
  • Academic Search Premier
    Multidisciplinary database with full text of 3,000+ publications. Some PDF files back to 1965.
  • America: History and Life
    To find speeches use the Advanced Search mode, click on the icon to the right of the Subject Terms box and type Speech to see all terms starting with this word. Mark the terms you wish to search on and click "Paste Terms." Add a name or keyword to limit results. For non-American speeches, follow the same procedure in the "Historical Abstracts" database (also type in English in the language box).
    Back issues of selected scholarly journals in many humanities and social sciences subjects.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Full-text newspaper and magazine index, updated daily.To find political speeches: in the "Guided News Search" screen, choose "News Transcripts" in Step One and "Political Transcripts in Step Two. Then type the name of a politician to find his or her speeches or interviews.
  • Sage Journals Online
    This database includes the full text of 19 peer-reviewed journals in communication studies published by SAGE and participating societies.
  • Web of Science
    Indexes all refereed journals; can be limited to social sciences and humanities sections. 

Communication Journals

If you already have article citations and want to find the full-text, here are two quick ways to get online access. You must use the UT Libraries web page to access full text articles

Google Scholar

To search for known articles, use Google Scholar through the UT Libraries Home or Databases pages.

If you know the title of the article, place it in quotes in the search box and click "search."

Citation Linker

If you are looking for a specific article, use the CITATION LINKER to find the article in a UT Libraries database. Enter the citation into the appropriate fields and click "Go." A window will pop up with the option to click to go to the full text of the article if available.

Journals and Journal Articles

Search for the journal by name or keyword. Below is a selected list of titles.


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