Getting Started

Welcome to the Communication research guide. On the homepage you will find general research databases, reference sources, search tips, citation help, and library information and news. Explore the navigation links on the left to find subject-specific research tools. 

If the OSU Libraries does not have a book or article you need, no problem! Use Article Express to request an electronic scan of articles held in OSU Library collections and the collections of other libraries around the world. Visit Interlibrary Services to request books and other materials not available in either the OSU or OhioLINK catalogs.

There are several ways to locate the information you need:

Search the catalogs to find books, journals (but not articles within journals--use the databases to find articles), microforms, multimedia, and links to online sources (databases and online journals) owned or licensed by a library. If you're new to the catalog, I suggest searching by keyword or trying the linked subject searches (using the controlled vocabulary of the Library of Congress) included on each page of this guide. 

OSU Catalog - Search for books, e-books, and other materials owned by OSU Libraries, Columbus and regional campuses. Borrow Materials online. You can also search with a special mobile version of the OSU Catalog.

OhioLINK Catalog - Combined catalog of a consortium of 88 Ohio university and college libraries, the State Library of Ohio, and more. Have materials delivered to OSU. 

Search the Research Databases list by title or subject to find journal articles, many of which may be available as full text. 

Search the OSUL's Online Journals list by title or subject to locate a specific online journal title, browse a list of online journal titles, or identify online journal titles by subject.

If your instructor put material on hold for your course, click here.

Associate Professor, Librarian for Communication & Political Science

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Hilary Bussell
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