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COMS 321: Rhetorical Discourse: Find Articles

Good Databases to Start in:


Search box on the Library home page is used to search across most of the Library’s article databases and the Library catalog for books and media. Good for general topics requiring different resources and/or to get started. Watch our video tutorial or read the FAQ to learn more about OneSearch.

Note: multiple keywords  are searched as if the Boolean "and" was implied between the keywords, unless quotation marks are placed around exact phrases. Synonyms or related terms can be entered with OR in between them to broaden search results (enter "OR" in ALL CAPS). Put searches containing OR in between keywords within parentheses. 


  • officer involved shooting race [this is the same as entering officer AND involved AND shooting AND race]
  • ("police shooting" OR "officer involved shooting") AND (african american OR black) [Put quotation marks around exact phrases; capitalize the Boolean operator "OR" to put in between synonyms to broaden search results; enclose OR searches in parentheses. Additional keywords can be searched with the Boolean "AND" to make search more specific.]

Gale Power Search

Locate articles in magazines, academic and scholarly/peer-reviewed journals, and news sources. Also includes reference books, Web sites, and multimedia resources.  "Viewpoint essays" on controversial issues (pro/con arguments), which are good for persuasive speeches, are also included in the "books" results. Watch this video to learn how to use Gale Power Search. Use the "Subject Guide Search" to browse different aspects of a broad topic and identify related topics.

ProQuest Newspapers

Full text for 500+ U.S. and international news sources. Includes coverage of 150+ major U.S. newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune, plus hundreds of other news sources and news wires. Click the More Search Options link from the main search screen to reveal choices for limiting by Document Type, such as editorial, speech, and review.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context (Gale) 

Features "viewpoint articles" (pro/con arguments), topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles; primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to web sites.

Specialized Databases:

Communication and Mass Media Complete (EBSCOhost)

Indexes and abstracts over 600 journals and trade publications; includes full text for over 240 journals. CMMC incorporates the content of CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association) and Mass Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Penn State). Subjects covered include communication studies, journalism, mass media, speech, linguistics, communicative disorders, deaf studies, advertising, and related areas of interest to practitioners and educators in these fields. Dates of coverage vary by journal.

LexisNexis Academic

LexisNexis Academic is a full-text database containing news, legal, biographical, and business information from over 12,000 U.S. and international publications. Enter terms in the main search box to retrieve news, cases, law reviews, and company information relevant to your search. Results can be sorted by date or relevance, and narrowed down by type of source (newspapers, company, legal, subject, geography, etc.) Click Search by Subject or Topic  and then Advanced Options to search with Boolean operators and truncation and to locate more specific types of news sources, such as newspapers, broadcast transcripts, and wire servicesNOTE: Due to publisher restrictions, LexisNexis Academic users may only access the latest 6 months of the Los Angeles Times. Use Proquest Newspapers for complete coverage of the Los Angeles Times online.

Ethnic NewsWatch (ProQuest)

Full text articles from more than 270 ethnic, minority and native press publications, including newspapers, magazines and journals, 1960 to present.

GenderWatch (ProQuest)

Contains unique and diverse publications that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas. With archival material dating back to 1970, GenderWatch is a repository of an important historical perspective on the evolution of both the women's movement and major changes in gender roles.