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CMGT 540: Uses of Communication Research: Databases

Uses of Communication Research

Communication Research Databases

If you need additional Communication resources checkout the Research Guide for other subjects

Also check out the Browse by Subject page for a complete list of databases related to specific subjects. 

Here are a few databases to begin your research:

Health Related

Sage Research Methods

Selecting a research method is important. Use Sage Research Methods to locate examples.


search tips

Once you have identified your topic, check to see if it is too specific, if it is, work toward a general focus. This will help you  generate a list of keywords, or concepts related to your topic


travel, tourism, e-commerce, "mobile devices", smartphones, United States,vacations, digital travel, etc....

Use AND, OR, NOT to connect your phrases/keywords

to locate both smartphones AND travel

to locate either word U.S. OR United States

to locate (the first word) vacation NOT trip

 * truncation symbol

travel*  travels, travelers, traveling, traveled

Types of resources


scholarly articles


trade publications

case studies


government reports

book chapters


Case Studies

Here are a few databases to locate Case Studies:

Google Scholar

Search Google Scholar from the USC Libraries resources which includes the library proxy to access the articles.