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Use these core indexes to find articles in the field of Communication. You may also want to view database lists such as News Sources, Publishing, Computing Science, Film, Public Policy, etc. as appropriate for your specific research.

If you need additional help selecting an article index for your topic, contact Sylvia Roberts, Liaison Librarian for CMNS (sroberts@sfu.ca / 778-782-3681)

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  1. Covers journals in the fields of communication, mass media studies, linguistics and film. Many major journals have indexing, abstracts, PDFs and searchable citations from their first issues to the present (dating as far back as 1915).
  2. Abstracts of journal articles, books, chapters, association papers, dissertations, and book, film, and software reviews related to theoretical and applied social sciences.
  3. Articles published in over 350 English-language periodicals. Topics include: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art, Communications, Community Health, Economics, Geography, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Planning & Public Administration, Religion & Theology, Minority Studies, Performing Arts, Psychology, Philosophy, Political Science, Urban Studies etc.

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  1. Multidisciplinary index to academic & popular journals.
  2. Worldwide coverage of all aspects of computers and computing literature in English.
    2018-06-11. Access to the guide is consolidated within the ACM Digital Library. This link will be discontinued on August 1, 2018.
  3. Alternative, radical, and Left publications which report and analyze the practices and theories of cultural, economic, political, and social change. Includes both popular media publications and peer-reviewed journals.
  4. A multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the arts and humanities. Some of the disciplines covered include: Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Asian Studies, Classics, Dance, Folklore, History, Language, Linguistics, Literary Reviews, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Poetry, Radio, Television, & Film, Religion, Theatre.
  5. News analysis, human interest stories, entertainment and sports reporting as well as the personal papers of Associated Press staff members, consisting of wire copy, correspondence, journals, reporters' notebooks, and other materials. THe US City Bureaus Collection consists of wire copy, correspondence and newsletters related to significant events in US political and social history. Files in the Washington, DC Bureau Collection include Files include coverage of press conferences, travel, speeches, campaigns and elections, and messages to Congress.
  6. Thousands of scholarly business journals, industry magazines, company profiles, and industry & market reports. This database offers information in virtually every area of business including accounting & tax, banking, finance & insurance, construction, computer science, economics and many more.
  7. Formerly called Microlog, this index covers publications of research value put out by the Canadian Government. This includes publications produced by federal, provincial, territorial & municipal governments, government agencies & departments, research institutes and government laboratories. It also contains theses and dissertations(1990 - 1998 only) from Canadian universities.
  8. Comprehensive Canadian periodical collection for reference and current events. Publications include scholarly journal articles, trade publications, dissertations, books, newspapers and magazines.
  9. Annual survey data on Canadian consumer behaviour, including readership of specific Canadian magazines and newspapers and usage of consumer products (categories, not brands) and services (e.g. financial or travel). The data can be cross-tabulated by demographic and psychographic factors. See Vividata Target Snapshot for some of the same data in a simpler, online interface.
    Access: Available at the standalone computers at Bennett and Belzberg Libraries.
    Reserve/book time: You can book or reserve time on the computer in the Bennett library on Burnaby Mountain which runs this resource by clicking here.
  10. Declassified documents on United States foreign and military policy since 1945.
  11. An index to peer-reviewed publications of regional importance in emerging scientific fields in response to rapidly changing research fields and interdisciplinary scholarship to provide coverage of relevant titles in evolving disciplines.
  12. Factiva provides a wide range of information from newspapers, newswires, industry publications, websites, and company reports. The global range of publications provides both local insight and international perspective on business issues and current events especially with regard to current information on companies, industries, and financial markets.
  13. Subject coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, screenwriting, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. In addition to indexing and full-text access to journals, this resource includes Variety movie reviews from 1914 to the present and over 36,300 images from the MPTV Image Archive.
  14. References articles in film and television journals and magazines.
  15. Directory of Canadian, American, and international print and broadcast media, including newspapers, magazine and journal publishers, radio and television stations, and cable companies. In addition to general contact and descriptive information, some listings include advertising, circulation, and subscription rates.
  16. An extensive collection of bibliographies of books, articles, monographs, reports and theses in physical and human geography, geology, mineralogy, ecology and development studies. The scope is international, dating back to 1980. The interdisciplinary coverage makes it suitable for researching environmental issues.
  17. Scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.
    SFU Authorized users can obtain full text links to SFU Library resources, by going to Google Scholar Settings and clicking on Library links. Then type and select Simon Fraser University - Get@SFU and Save.
    OR use the Off Campus and Wireless Access Bookmarklet to gain access to the full text licensed by SFU Library.
  18. Complete contents of the U.S.-based Harper's Magazine from 1850 to the present. Includes essays, cultural and political commentary, original fiction, poetry and images, selections of notable statistics, and brief reprints of unusual, controversial or illuminating writings to serve as readings in contemporary society.
  19. A set of digitized newspapers, journals, and magazines originally published by alternative presses during the 1960s, '70s and '80s. Independent Voices provides access to the powerful voices of feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Latinos, gays, lesbians and more.
    The full collection is available to funding libraries during the funding/digitization campaign (through December 2018), Simon Fraser University is a funding library. The collection will become open access in January 2019.

    A limited number of publications are open access for public viewing now.

  20. Polls, public opinion and research information on international topics including politics, technology, health, finance, consumer products and consumer trends.
  21. An archival collection of scholarly journals mainly in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Subject coverage includes: African American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Botany & Ecology, Economics, Education, Finance, General Science, History, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, Sociology and Statistics.
  22. A monthly digest of worldwide political and economic affairs. Keesing culls political, economic and social events into concise, detailed reports. Coverage up to 2015.
  23. International news coverage, business news, legal cases and law reports from early 1970's to present. Content is strongly American with significant coverage of Canadian and international topics.
  24. Good for interpersonal and cultural communication topics
  25. Thousands of in-depth step-by-step video tutorials, taught by experts, on software development, design practices, business skills, web development, and photography.
  26. Diaries and personal writings, published studies and questionnaires, photographs, and file reports, manuscript and typescript papers on everyday lives of ordinary people in Britain. Thematic studies, including surveys, ephemera, accounts, and observations were collected by investigators and personal accounts were submitted by volunteers of the social research organization, Mass Observation.
  27. In-depth reports and opinion pieces on under-reported Canadian stories in the areas of climate change, energy, politics, the natural world, and related societal issues.
  28. Films produced by the National Film Board of Canada (streaming online). Includes documentaries, animation and alternative dramas. Note: To access to CAMPUS features (e.g. learning bundles, study guides, searching by school subject), SFU users may contact lib-licensing@sfu.ca to request the activation key.

    Authorized Users may access the Website and the Content outside of the premises of Subscriber’s educational institution solely for bona fide educational and research purposes, including presentations by student teachers conducted as part of a practicum.

  29. Lists key books, articles, and other sources on a wide variety of subjects via annotated and curated bibliographies. An excellent starting point for locating important literature and scholarly sources on a topic. Focuses on the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
  30. Colour images of manuscripts and rare printed materials, as well as photographs, ephemera and memorabilia covering popular culture in Britain, America, and Canada from 1950 to 1975.
  31. Humanities and social sciences peer-reviewed academic journals and ebooks from university presses and scholarly societies world-wide.
  32. A directory for the film, video, internet and digital production industry in Western Canada.
  33. Access and search ebooks and reference sources published by Sage.
  34. Search or browse a wide variety of sources on research methods, including ebooks, articles, reference sources, and videos. Also includes research tools and instructional content.
  35. Videos on all aspects of the research process and methods. Also covers practical skills such as project management and writing for publication.
  36. Citations, abstracts, and citation searching (cited reference searching) across major journals in multiple disciplines in the social sciences.
  37. Directory to expert sources and media spokespersons
  38. Online media resource with news articles and opinion pieces written by academics and researchers who are experts in their field. Covers June 2017 to present.
  39. Ebooks on Canadian laws and regulations, including the annotated Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and information on regulations related to estates, taxes, professions and liability, landlord and tenancy, telecommunications, and endangered species.
  40. Covers a wide-range of history and criticism. Includes full-text access to The Comics Journal, as well as interviews, criticism, images, and journal articles that document the continual growth and evolution of this art form.
  41. Indexes core journal articles, conference proceedings, and other resources in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, can be used for citation analysis of research. A citation index contains the references cited by the authors of the publications covered by the index. You can use these references to do a cited reference search. This type of search enables you to find works that cite a previously published work.
  42. The leading news service covering the rapidly converging Canadian telecom, broadcasting, wireless and new media sectors.
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