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Media and Communication Studies

Where should I start: Google, library catalogs or databases?

The best search strategies include a variety of search tools to find diverse sources of information. For instance you could start with the library catalog, One Search, a subject-based database or a generic search engine - they are all options depending on your search question or assignement. You will learn more about different search tools and resources that are suitable for your needs in this subject guide.

Subject databases

  • Communication source  - Communication & Mass Media Complete provides robust, quality research solution in areas related to communication and mass media. 
  • Pressreader - International newspapers and journals. Contains over 6000 titles and 60 different languages
  • SMDB Svensk Mediedatabas Swedish archive for TV programs, radio, film, video, LP and multimedia
  • Retriver Mediearkivet - contains printed newspapers, magazines and business publications in PDF format and editorial web news and air transmissions. Mostly swedish and nordic material.
  • Pressreader Instant access to 6000+ newspapers from more than 100 countries in 60 languages (three last months)
  • ACM Association for Computing Machinery   the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession
  • Performing Arts Periodicals Database - This database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 395 international periodicals, plus full text for more than 160 of the indexed journals. It covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry - including dance, drama, theater, stagecraft, musical theater, circus performance, opera, pantomime, puppetry, magic, performance art, film, television and more.



General databases

      • Academic Search Elite - a database that indexes articles from both popular magazines and scholarly journals. Covering virtually every area of academic study, offers full text information dating as far back as 1985.
      • ISI Web of Science - a citation database that includes the Web of Science (Science Citation Index, 1900-present, the Social Science Citation Index, 1956-present, and the Arts and Humanities Citation Index, 1975-present) and Journal Citation Reports (JCR).
      • PsychInfo -  contains citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, technical reports, and dissertations, all in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines.
      • Sage -  includes scholarly peer reviewed articles on a variety of subjects from one publisher, SAGE.
      • Science Direct - a cross-disciplinary academic database, contains over 1800 Elsevier journals, with full text generally available from  1995.
      • Scopus - a multi-disciplinary, bibliographic database that indexes the content of over 15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
      • Wiley Online -  from publishers John Wiley & Sons and Blackwell Publishing, contains online full text editions of most of their journals

Finding journals

Use the journal list to find journals

You find the journals the Library subscribes to in the journal list. The search can be done either by the first letter of the journal title, or by words contained in the title.

Most of the journals are available in electronic form and access is restricted to the University campus. Students and staff members have access to them from home.

Some journals are only available in print. These cannot be borrowed from the Library, but you may copy the articles you need.