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Mass Media Effects (CRS 390-01)

Search Tips:

Most databases have a Guided, or Advanced, search option that will allow you to easily limit your search terms to specific fields. Boolean operators (and, or, not) are easier to use in this search mode. Additional ways to limit searches are by date, language, peer reviewed journals, and publication.

Refining your search: After your initial few searches, evaluate your results. Are there any aspects of your topic you need to add to your search? Make a note of the subject headings or descriptors attached to your results. You might be able to use these for additional searches. Did you receive too few results? If so, try expanding your search. Limit your search if you retrieved too many records.

Boolean Operator Basics: The Boolean connectors AND, OR, and NOT are often used to combine keywords or concepts when searching electronic databases. Using these operators can make your search more focused, thus yielding more precise search results.

AND is a connector that requires both words/phrases/concepts to be present in each record in your results. For example, searching for "Television programs -- Trading Spaces" AND "Washington Post" will only retrieve citations that include both phrases. Use AND to narrow your search.

OR expands your search by allowing either word to be present in your search results. For example, a search on advertising AND (Trading Spaces OR Changing Rooms) will yield the following: All resulting citations will contain the word "advertising." In addition, all results will contain either "Trading Spaces" or "Changing Rooms" (or both).

NOT is used to exclude terms from your search. For example, if you did not want to find any references to advertising, you could try searching for Trading Spaces NOT advertising.

I have the citation. How do I find the journal article?

  1. Look for the journal title in the Journal Locator - an alphabetical list of our electronic and print journal holdings.
  2. If your journal is listed, check that the issue you need is available. Journals that are available electronically have the dates of coverage listed next to the database link(s). For journals available in print or on microfilm, you will see a link to the library catalog labeled "Philip Weltner Library Print/Microfilm Holdings." This will tell you what issues we have in the library.

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