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MCOM 3327 (Osei-Hwere): Mass Media Law

Mass Media Law

Is It Okay to Use Google?

Since you will have to verify that your sources are scholarly and reputable, it is not a good idea to use Google to find journal articles. 

You will be able to spend less time overall on your research if you use databases available from the Cornette Library.

Good Research Takes Time

For a major research project, allow at least one week to find articles that are available online.

You will need about one more week to find the articles that are in print or only available via Interlibrary Loan.

Also, after reading the articles you find first, you may discover that you need to find additional articles that are tricky to find.  Allow one week minimum.

Learn more about getting started with the Research Process.

Is Everything Online?

No.  Sometimes an article may only be available in print or on microfilm in the library.

Generally, you will find copies of journals on the second floor of the library--in the Periodicals area.

Find Scholarly Articles - Discover

Type a phrase in "quotations marks" above.

Be sure to check the box for Scholarly Articles to search:

  • only for scholarly articles, not books
  • most of the library databases
  • some open access journals

This search automatically limits your search to peer-reviewed journals.

Even peer-reviewed journals have content that is not scholarly, such as:

  • editorials
  • letters to the editor
  • book reviews

Read more search tips about Discover on the list of PDF tutorials

What Next?

After a Discover search, you will have many options to improve the list of full-text articles in the search results, such as:

  • click on Advanced Search  to type in addtional/different search words or for various options
  • use the facets in the right-hand column to find fewer, better articles
  • change the date range of publications to see only recent articles
  • filter results by subject terms
  • filter results by database ("Collection")
  • remember:  more search words = fewer articles