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Communication and Media Studies: Home

Primary Research

Peer-Reviewed Journals 

Refers to the process in scholarly, academic, scientific, or refereed journals where articles are evaluated by experts in the field prior to publication.  Common characteristics:


·         Expert author with

      qualifications listed

·         In-Text Citations &


·         Length of article

·         Formal tone and format

·         Research results –

      original research


Hint:  Make sure you use primary research.  Don’t use a quote from an article cited within another article (known as an indirect or secondary citation); you must go back to the original article.



This guide is designed to assist you in your research for your classes in Communication and Media. 


 Periodical Subscriptions: Through our databases, we have access to hundreds of full-text and thousands of indexed periodicals about education.  However, we also have a sampling of print subscriptions so students can familiarize themselves with the format and content of scholarly journals and trade publications in the area of communication.  Print titles that specifically relate to communication studies include:


·         Business Communication Quarterly

·         Communication Theory

·         European Journal of Communication

·         Human Communication Research

·         Journal of Business and Technical Communication

·         Journal of Business Communication

·         Journal of Communication

·         Journalism and Mass communication Quarterly

·         Journalism Quarterly

·         Quarterly Journal of Speech

·         Southern Communication Journal

·         Western Journal of Communication

·         Written Communication




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