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Communication: Databases

This guide is designed to help students and faculty access credible resources related to the study of Communication.

OneSearch (multiple databases, e-books, etc.)

          How it is shown on the main Library page:   One Search bar on main Library Web page

Welcome to the Communications resources guide

Welcome to the Communications guide to resources. Look at top tabs also.


Scholarly, Popular, Trade? What's in a name?

Different types of publications have different purposes and different audiences. When we talk about journals, we can usually divide these publications into three broad categories: scholarly, popular, and trade publications.

  Scholarly Journals Popular Journals or Magazines Trade Journals
Purpose Informs and reports on original research done by scholars and experts in the field. Entertains and informs a general audience without providing in-depth analysis. Reports on industry trends and new products or techniques useful to people in a trade or business.
Authors Articles are written by subject specialists and experts in the field. Articles are written by journalists, freelance writers, or an editorial staff. Articles are written by specialists in a certain field or industry.
Audience Intended for a limited audience - researchers, scholars, and experts. Intended for a broad segment of the population, appealing to non-specialists. Intended for practititioners in a particular profession, business, or industry.


See the ENGLISH Libguide for a good description of Types of Information.

Topic Narrowing Generator from U. Mich. Library

 TOPIC LIMITER for a Reference Question:

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School of Arts, Etc.

School of Arts, Communication, and Digital Media

On this page you will find links to resources specific to these areas of study at SLCC.