Finding Books, DVDs, CDs, Journals (by title), and other library resources...


The UA Libraries Catalog is where you find books, audiovisual materials, periodicals, and other resources that are held in UA's Bierce, Science & Technology, Wayne, and Law School libraries.

This is the combined catalog of 88 Ohio college and university libraries and the State Library of Ohio.  If books or other materials are not available through the UA Libraries catalog, then your next option is to check the OhioLINK Catalog.  Items with a status of "Available" can be requested and sent to you in as little as 3-5 business days.

This is a combined catalog of libaries from around the world.  When you find an item that you want, check to see if it is available in the UA Libraries or OhioLINK catalogs.  If not, request the item through ILLiad.

This is the document delivery service for the UA library community.  Books, dissertations, microfilm and other materials not available in the UA Libraries or OhioLINK  can be requested, as well as journal articles not available in print or full-text online.


Subject Headings in the Library Catalog

These are some major subject headings used in the UA Libraries Catalog and the OhioLINK catalog to categorize books in communication and media.  It is often helpful to do a Subject search in the catalog on headings such as these to find books and other materials in the areas you desire.

Finding articles...

The following databases are recommended for researching topics in communication.  They provide access to journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, and in some cases resources such as dissertations and book chapters.  


Journal and Magazine Article Databases

Academic Search Complete is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 6,100 full-text periodicals, including more than 5,100 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 10,100 journals and a total of more than 10,600 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 journals.

Communication & Mass Media Complete is the most relevant periodical database in areas related to communication and mass media. CMMC offers cover-to-cover “core” indexing and abstracts for over 370 journals, and selected “priority” coverage of over 230 more, for a combined coverage of over 600 titles. Furthermore, this database includes full text for more than 240 journals.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection covers emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry and psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods. This database includes nearly 515 full text titles and over 490 peer-reviewed journals.

The Sociological Collection is a comprehensive database covering information in all areas of sociology, including social behavior, human tendencies, interaction, relationships, community development, culture and social structure. This database provides complete full text for more than 500 important journals, including nearly 500 peer-reviewed titles.

Film & Television Literature Index is a comprehensive bibliographic and full text database covering the entire spectrum of television and film. Subject coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. The database provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 270 publications (and selected coverage of more than 300), as well as full text for more than 70 journals and nearly 50 books. The database has been designed for use by a diverse audience that includes film scholars, college students, and general viewers.

Contains full text for over 550 journals of interest in art, philosophy, history, communications, and general interest.

Humanities International Complete provides full text journals, books and other published sources from around the world. Produced by Whitston Publishing (an imprint of EBSCO Publishing), this database includes all data from Humanities International Index (over 2,000 titles and 2 million records) plus unique full text content, much of which is not found in other databases. The database includes full text for more than 770 journals.

MLA International Bibliography is an index to books and articles published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. Coverage includes literature from all over the world. Folklore is represented by folk literature, music, art, rituals, and belief systems. Linguistics and language materials range from history and theory of linguistics, comparative linguistics, semantics, stylistics, and syntax to translation. Other topics include literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts (film, radio, television, theater), and history of printing and publishing. The MLA Directory of Periodicals and the Association's proprietary thesaurus used to assign descriptors to each record in the bibliography are also included.

Index and abstracts of articles, books, chapters, dissertations, and reports in psychology. Includes or has links to full text.


Newspaper Article Databases

Full text news, business, legal, medical, and reference information. Includes or has links to full text.

America's Newspapers is a collection of full-text newspapers available online. The database includes five Ohio newspapers, including the Akron Beacon Journal, plus other major newspapers from other states.

Newspaper Source contains selected full text for 245 regional U.S. newspapers, eighteen international newspapers, six newswires, nine newspaper columns, and cover-to-cover full text for The Christian Science Monitor and The Los Angeles Times. This database also contains indexing and abstracts for four national newspapers.

The New York Times (1851-2004) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.


Historical Newspaper and Periodical Databases

Digitized images of the pages of over 1,100 historic American magazines, journals, and newspapers. Includes special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines, and many other historically-significant periodicals.

With digital facsimile images of both full pages and clipped articles for hundreds of 19th century U.S. newspapers and advanced searching capabilities, researchers will be able to research history in ways previously unavailable. For each issue, the newspaper is captured from cover-to-cover, providing access to every article, advertisement and illustration.

The New York Times (1851-2004) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.


Communication Journals

These links provide direct access to full-text electronic versions of journals in communication.

Online Reference Resources

Provides over 2,200 entries on terms used in media and communication, from concepts and theories to technical terms, across subject areas that include advertising, digital culture, journalism, new media, radio studies, and telecommunications. Covers relevant terminology from related disciplines such as literary theory, semiotics, cultural studies, and philosophy.

The Encyclopedia of Communication Theory provides students and researchers with a comprehensive overview of contemporary communication theory. Entries cover several orientations, including psycho-cognitive; social-interactional; cybernetic and systems; cultural; critical; feminist; philosophical; rhetorical; semiotic, linguistic, and discursive; and non-Western.

This encyclopedia surveys the state of journalism at the end of the twenty-first century's first decade. The first four volumes contain some 360 entries ranging in length from 1,000 to 4,000 words, arranged by topic heading from A to Z.

The Encyclopedia of Rhetoric is a comprehensive survey of one of the Western world's oldest disciplines. Its 150 entries, written by leading scholars, bring together expertise in classical studies, philosophy, literature, literary theory, cultural studies, speech, and communications in a comprehensive treatment of the art of persuasion. The Encyclopedia is a wide-ranging reference work, combining theory, history, and practice, with a special emphasis on public speaking, performance, and communication.

The Encyclopedia of Semiotics is a comprehensive reference guide to concepts in semiotics, sign theory, and cultural studies. Three hundred entries by leading scholars in a variety of fields—from anthropology and literary theory to linguistics and philosophy—survey the study of signs and symbols in human culture. These articles cover key concepts, theories, theorists, schools of thought, and issues in communications, cognition, and cultural theory.

The International encyclopedia of communication online spans the breadth of communication studies, including coverage of theories, media and communication phenomena, research methods, problems, concepts, and geographical areas. Editorial areas include: communication theory and philosophy, interpersonal communication, journalism, intercultural and intergroup communication, media effects, strategic communication, public relations and advertising, communication and media law and policy, media systems in the world, and communication and technology.

The Encyclopedia encompasses the full range of topics in linguistics, including such areas as historical, comparative, formal, mathematical, functional, philosophical, and sociolinguistics. Special attention is given to interrelations within these branches of the field and to relations of linguistics with other disciplines. This interdisciplinary focus makes the encyclopedia an invaluable resource not only for linguistics but also for scholars working in the fields of computer science, mathematics, philosophy, the social and behavioral sciences, and literary studies.

Print Reference Resources

Digital Media

The Associated Press Photo Archive is an electronic library containing both current photos and a selection of pictures from their 50 million image print and negative library. It contains roughly  750,000 of the AP's best pictures.

Films on Demand is a web-based digital video delivery service that allows you to view streaming videos from Films Media Group, a collection of more than 5,500 educational titles in dozens of subject areas.

A collection of educational films and documentaries that you can view.

Other Research Tools

Index to doctoral dissertations and master's theses from North America and Europe. Includes or has links to full text.

RefWorks is a Web-based bibliography and database manager that allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from text files or online databases. You can use these references in writing papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography in seconds.

Guides to Doing Research

Internet Resources

Includes full text plus audio and video clips of thousands of noteworth or famous speeches, sermons, lectures, debates, etc.  Includes special topic compilations such as "Rhetoric of 9-11."

This fun little tool let’s you scan Google News in visually marked clusters, organized by news category (e.g., world, national, health, sports, etc.) and by country.  It’s a quick way to see which stories receive the most coverage in the Google news aggregator.  Each headline links to its source.

Presented by the Society of Professional Journalists, this site maintains resources for reporters, editors and other media professionals. Links arranged by category with recently added topics on home page. 

This site, created and maintained at the University of California, Santa Barbara, hosts links to hundreds of topics in media studies, including theory, journalism, comics, censorship, telecom issues, and many others.