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COMM 201 (New Media): Home

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Sarah McClure Kolk
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Welcome to Research for COMM 201

Start your research here for COMM 201 with tips and suggestions for specific library resources, suggested by your personal, subject librarian.  This guide can help you find exactly what you need, but if you have any questions or need help with this project, be sure to reach out to me!

Note that if you're off-campus, one of the most important tips for using Hekman Library is to start at the library homepage.  This is how and where you will be identified as a Calvin community member so that you have access to our subscription-based resources.  (You'll be prompted for a login when needed; enter your Calvin username and passphrase.)

Researching Communication and Videogames: Tips

For this assignment, you've been asked to do conduct research and write a literature review based on a topic raised in Nick Yee's The Proteus ParadoxFor this literature review, you need to include at least 5 sources from peer-reviewed academic journals. Here are some strategies you might try:

1. Search Communication and Mass Media Complete (the core COMM database). This will be a broad search in the communication research literature, including some non-peer-reviewed sources. So be sure to use the "peer-reviewed" filter.

2. You could also limit your search to the specific journals noted by Prof. Groenendyk

  • The following titles may be searched together through this link from CMMC:
    • Communication Monographs
    • Journal of Applied Communication Research
    • Management Communication Quarterly
    • Human Communication Research
    • Journal of Communication
    • Communication Studies
    • Communication Quarterly
  • These journals can also be searched directly:

3. Although these are not mentioned by Prof. Groenendyk (and/or may not focus on communication research), the following are other significant relevant peer-reviewed journals you might try:

4. Once you start finding relevant sources on your chosen topic, track down citations from bibliographies! (See handout linked below.)

5. After trying these strategies, you might, of course, use Search Start on the library's homepage, or another relevant subject-specific library database.(perhaps computer science, psychology, sociology, or business?). Those will be broader searches that, again, may include non-peer-reviewed sources (so use that filter!).

Finding More Sources by Citations

Use this handout to help you know how to track down sources from citations you find in bibliographies: