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Media & Communication Studies: Journal Articles

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A-Z list of Journals

You will find a complete A-Z list of journals (online and in print form) for all subjects in iFind.  At the top of the iFind screen click on:

A-Z Journals

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Key Databases for finding journal articles

Finding journals in print form

Most Media Studies journals (in print form) can be found at PN1 on Level 1 West in the Library and Information Centre.  You may also find some items of interest (e.g. books relating to Public Relations and Social Media) at the Bay Library.  To borrow items from other libraries, just ask at the library desk in the library you are using.  You can also place a request via iFind (they will be available for you to pick up the day after you have requested an item on week days).

You can try this online exercise to sharpen your search skills and get you looking for journal articles

How to find journal articles

You may think you can get all the information you need from books and websites, but it's a good idea to include journal articles in your research too. Academic journals are an excellent source of scholarly information on your topic. Here are a few tips for finding journal articles:-

  • Use the Articles & more search in iFind, especially if you know the name of the article you want
  • You'll find more relevant results if you search specialist databases - have a look at the Key Resources Page
  • Use the abstract (a summary of the article) to help you decide if an article is relevant for you
  • Once you've found an article you need, print it out or save it to your device so you can read it whenever you like and make notes​

How to improve your searching

Keywords

  • Find the keywords for your topic or essay. Don’t type in a long sentence.
  • Are there synonyms or related terms (broader or more specific) that might be relevant

Getting more results

  • You can use a truncation symbol (usually an asterisk *) to find different endings to your keyword. For example, searching for read* would find read, reading, reads, etc.
  • You can find alternative terms simultaneously by linking them with or; for example, you could search for adolescent or teenager.

Getting fewer results

  • If you get too many results try searching just the title rather than the full record. You should get fewer, more relevant results.
  • Use quotation marks if you want your search terms to appear as a phrase.
  • Use 'and' to combine search terms
  • Use the refinement options and the searchwithin box to make your search more specific

Critically appraising your sources is a crucial element of any literature search.  You need to consider is your sources are:

  • reliable
  • academic enough
  • Free from bias

Ask yourself the following questions about the information you have found.

Who?  

  • Who is the author or organisation responsible for the information?
  • Are they qualified to write on this topic?

When?  

  • Is the information out of date?
  • Does it matter?

What sort of information?

  • Is it opinion or fact?
  • Is it reliable and independent?
  • Is it academic/research-focussed or commercial?