Communication 121 & 122 – Interpersonal Communication – Finding Research Articles

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This guide provides students with tips and recommended resources for finding research articles on topics related to Communication. Use the tabs above to navigate through the pages of the guide.

Your Assignment

Your assignment requires you to find and review research articles on a topic related to interpersonal communication. For help finding research articles, go the the “Research Articles” tab on this guide. For help distinguishing research articles from other articles, go to the “Is it a Research Article?” tab.

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Keywords

Keywords are the words you type into a search box to search for information on your topic. The words you use to describe your topic may be different from the words used by scholars in the field of Communication. For example, scholars who study nonverbal communication might also use terms such as body language or gesture.

Watch the video below for a short tutorial on keywords. If you have trouble finding information on your topic, ask a librarian for help choosing the best keywords to use in your search.

Video courtesy of Ray Howard Library at Shoreline Community College (CC BY-NC 3.0 US)

Research Articles

Your assignment requires you to find research articles from scholarly communication journals. Appendix A in your textbook discusses the research and publication process in the field of interpersonal communication. See pages 339-340 of your textbook for a list of journals you can use.

To find research articles from communication journals, you will need to use the Communication and Mass Media Complete database, which provides full-text articles from over 450 journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study.

The following five-minute video demonstrates how to use the Communication and Mass Media Complete database to find research articles. For a tips on using advanced search techniques and interpreting your search results, scroll down to the second video.

Video #1 (read the transcript here)

Advanced Search Tricks and Interpreting Search Results

The video below demonstrates some advanced search techniques to help you search more effectively. It also shows you how to evaluate your search results to find the most relevant articles.

Video #2 (read the transcript here)

How to Determine Whether an Article Presents Original Research

Not all of the articles found in communication journals are research articles. Some articles review research that has been done previously without presenting the results of original research. Other articles may include scholars’ opinions about trends in the field of Communication.

For your assignment, you must use articles that present the results of original research. Not sure whether the article you found meets that requirement? The video below can help you determine whether an article is a research article:

Video #3 (read the transcript here)

How to Cite

Use one of the following guidelines for help citing articles from scholarly journals found in library databases, using the APA citation style.