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LSC 250: Research Methods in the Communication Industry (Spring 2021) : For your First Assignment

This guide provides links to selected resources from among library collections and services to support students in LSC 250.

Search Terms

  • science misinformation
  • fake news
  • conspiracy
  • polarization
  • nationalism
  • social identity
  • motivated reasoning
  • gender and race
  • branding
  • influencer
  • YouTube or Twitter or Facebook or Instagram or Tiktok
  • mental health
  • online harassment
  • cyberbullying
  • trolling/bots

Suggested Journals for Browsing and Searching

For your first assignment, Dr. Chen has suggested some journals where communication scholars publish papers on social media topics. While you do not have to limit your reading to articles published within these journals, these journals may be interesting to browse and there are some strategies you can use to search within their contents (see the box, below).

The links from each journal in the right column will take you to a catalog record for the journal where you will see holdings information and links to follow to access available full-text. From off-campus, you will be prompted to log in with NetID and password. Available full-text holdings can be browsed by volume and issue.

Strategies for Searching within Specific Journals

Strategy #1 (the easy method):

Follow links to available full-text from the catalog record. Once within the full-text interface--either through the publisher's Website or another database interface--look for the search box to run a search for your topic within the contents of that specific journal. 

Important Tip: If running a search within the contents of a journal and looking for the most recently-published articles there, be sure to sort or to order your retrieval by "most recent date" or "newest first".

Strategy #2 (more challenging but our librarians can help!)

Many of the research literature databases can enable you to limit your search to a specific journal, provided that the database covers that journal. For instance, using databases such as Scopus or Web of Science, enter the journal name into one of the search boxes and set the drop-down field limit to source title or publication name (depending upon the database). Enter your topic terms within another box and run the search. 

See example from Web of Science:

Screen shot showing journal source limit in Web of Science database.