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*Communication & Media Studies: The Portal

A portal research guide to the Communication & Media Studies at FSU. Bookmark:

Know Where to Go First: Pros & Cons of Search Systems

  Pros & Cons
Multidisciplinary database/Search engines
  • FSU OneSearch: For a quick and easy retrieval of and access to FSU's subscribed content. "Peer-reviewed" filter available. Has limited coverage and search filters. 
  • Google Scholar: No "peer-reviewed articles" filter. Great as a starter, especially for an interdisciplinary topic. 
 Article databases
Journal Publisher Platforms/ Journal Databases
Database Vendor Platforms
  • EBSCOhost
  • ProQuest

    EBSCO and ProQuest are database vendors that provide access to hundreds of database products with a single point of access and search interface. When you search EBSCOhost database or ProQuest Databases through the Libraries, you are searching a lot of different subject databases from Business to Computer Science to Fine Arts to Zoology all at once. Searching databases not relevant to your topic will yield a large number of hits, many of which may be irrelevant. 
Citation Indexes Database
  • Web of Science
  • Scopus

    WoS and Scopus are great sources to track citations backward and forward to see the citation networks of the papers (and authors) and identify the impact of the research. Use it when you look for articles published in prestigious journals such as SSI and SSCI journals. The two are considered as a "must" source when you do a systematic review or scoping review. 
  • Dissertations & Theses (Global) from ProQuest: A good source for finding niche topics and details of the research. Dissertations and theses are unpublished documents (not peer-reviewed), and the quality of the work varies. 



On the library homepage, click on the [Search Options] tab. 
Databases Search Link

Disciplines Databases
Psychology APA PsycINFO, PscyTEST
Education ERIC
Health Communication CINAHL, MEDLINE(Ovid), PubMed, EMBASE, Health and Psychosocial Instruments
Political Communication Columbia International Affairs Online, CQ Researcher, PAIS Index
Multidisciplinary Google Scholar, Web of Science, JSTOR, Social Sciences Premium Collection
Dissertations Dissertations & Theses (ProQuest)


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