Communication Studies Research: Find Journals

To Find Specific Journals

  • To find specific journals by title, search the Library Catalog by Journal Title to see if the Oviatt Library has it and how to access it.
  • To identify relevant journals in Communication Studies and related disciplines, do as follows:
    • Search the Library Catalog by the discipline keywords and include the word "periodicals" in the search, e.g., "communication periodicals."
      • Note: any periodical title listed in the Library Catalog proceeded by [electronic resource] or [online] means that it is available in full-text online via the Internet.
    • To identify the top journals in communication studies, you can look at the National Communication Association's list of journals or the International Communication Association's list of journals. Then, search the Library Catalog as described above.
    • Another option: consult Rubin & Rubin, Communication Research: Strategies and Sources, 7th ed. Chapter 7 has a list of relevant scholarly journals.
  • For information about specific journals, do one or more of the following:
    • Search Ulrichsweb.com, which is an online directory of periodicals that is used to identify journals by title, subject, or publisher, and to determine if a journal is peer-reviewed, where it is indexed, if it is currently published, etc.
    • Google the journal title to get the journal publisher's website, which typically provides detailed information about the journal, including its scope, audience, editorial board, and instructions to authors, etc.
    • Search the journal title in one or more of the library databases to browse the journal by date to determine changes in editorial board, content, etc. as well as search within the journal to locate articles of interest.
      • For journals within the discipline of communication studies and related fields, the Communication and Mass Media Complete (EBSCOhost) database is the most relevant. Select Publications from the toolbar, and enter the specific journal title to browse by date or search within.

Scholarly Journals (Peer-reviewed/Referreed)

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  • Authors are authorities in their fields.
  • Authors cite their sources in endnotes, footnotes, or bibliographies.
  • Individual issues have little or no advertising.
  • Articles must go through a peer-review or refereed process.
  • Articles are usually reports on scholarly research.
  • Illustrations usually take the form of charts and graphs.
  • Articles use jargon of the discipline.