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MCOM 4302 (Osei-Hwere): Media Communication Ethics

Research in Media Ethics

Google Scholar

Google Scholar:

  • is not a database
  • not always scholarly resources
  • can point you to scholarly databases in the Cornette Library
  • wonderful search engine for a hard-to-research topic

Be sure to go to Google Scholar via the Databases A-Z button on the Cornette Library homepage:


Important: By using this link you will be able to click on any Full Text items that are available by database subscription via the Cornette Library.


Why Search a Database?

EBSCO Search is very useful, but you may want to go directly to an individual database.  For example, each database may use different subject headings for the same topics.  You may also want to search a non-EBSCO database.

Some databases to consider:

  • Communication Source
  • CQ Researcher
  • HeinOnline
  • Legal Collection
  • Nexis Uni
  • Newspaper Source
  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global
  • Westlaw Next
  • WorldCat

How to Get to Databases

One way to get to a list of available databases---

Click on the blue button to link to Databases A-Z on the library home page

Communication Source


Example Search:

You may start out with a broad search, such as:

"mass media" and ethics

Limiting by Date

You may narrow the results by publication date.

Limiting by Date

You may narrow the results by language as well.

Limit by Subject

Be sure to click on "Show More" for a list of possible subjects.

Next check all the subjects that interest you and click Update.

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global

You would never cite a dissertation or thesis in your research.  But you could look at them for recent topic ideas.  Also useful would be the resources listed in a bibliography.

You could start with a general search such as:

"mass media" and ethics


You can search the database WorldCat as a way of researching for books in the online catalogs of local and U.S. libraries.  Read the results for more ideas on fairly recent topics or try to borrow books that the Cornette Library does not own.

You can limit the search by publication date, language, and whether it is not Fiction.

If the book is in the Cornette Library, the results list will display West Texas A&M University, Cornette Libr

The results list also has a link to Libraries Worldwide.  If you click on that link, you can see if a local library owns the book.  If you have a local library card or TexShare card, the library may allow you to check out the book in person.  Ask a librarian for more information.

Books not available at the Cornette Library will have a link to Request via Interlibrary Loan.  It may take three weeks to receive a book via ILL and you may only have one to two weeks to use the book.