Subject Guides: Media & Communication

Core Databases

Communication and Mass Media Complete
Scholarly journals, trade journals, and monographs in the areas of communication and mass media. information about this database

Sage Journals Online
Full-text access to over 500 journals published by Sage, providing wide coverage of scholarly publications in all disciplines, but particularly the social sciences. information about this database

Other Recommended Databases

Search Central: Media & Communication
Search Central is a federated search engine for searching across Trexler Library's electronic resources from one simple interface. With this single search, you are combing through major Media and Communication databases all at once. The results are presented in a consolidated list. Additional options allow you to list results by topic and show you which databases hold your search results.

Academic Search Premier
Full text access to scholarly and non-scholarly publications in a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas. information about this database

A database with some full text articles covering various academic subjects including general sciences, humanities, social sciences, and business. information about this database

News Databases

Academic Search Premier
Full text access to scholarly and non-scholarly publications in a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas. information about this database

LexisNexis Academic
Full text of thousands of newspapers, magazines, broadcast transcripts, business publications, legal materials, and more. information about this database

Morning Call (Past Issues via ProQuest)
A full-text database of Morning Call articles (an Allentown based) from 1984 to 1 day ago. information about this database

Readers' Guide Retrospective
Provides indexing of general-interest periodicals published in the United States for the period 1890-1982.

Library Catalogs

Trexler Library Catalog
To search for items held at Trexler Library, use the Trexler Library Catalog. Items listed in the catalog include books, journals, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, audiobooks, government documents, and more.

Search catalogs from libraries across the country and around the globe.  Items owned by Trexler Library show a Muhlenberg College Library icon.  Request items not owned by Trexler Library directly through WorldCat using the ILL (Interlibrary Loan) button. Items generally take 2-10 days to arrive.

Online Reference Sources

Credo Reference Online
Provides access to a collection of aggregated and integrated reference books from high-quality publishers.

Print Reference Sources

Dictionary of Media and Communication Studies (7th ed., 2006)
Call Number: 302.2303 W339d

Encyclopedia of Communication and Information (2002)
Call Number: 302.203 E56o v.1-3

Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications (2003)
Call Number: 302.2303 E56o v.1-4

Encyclopedia of New Media: An Essential Reference to Communication and Technology (2003)
Call Number: 302.23403 J79e

Encyclopedia of Television (2nd ed., 2004)
Call Number: 384.5503 E56o v.1-4

History of the Mass Media in the United States: An Encyclopedia (1998)
Call Number: 302.230973 B639h

International Encyclopedia of Communication (2008)
Call Number: 302.203 I56e v.1-12

Statistical Sources

ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research)
ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.  Full access available only to Muhlenberg faculty, students, and staff who create accounts using their Muhlenberg email addresses.

Other Items of Interest

Interlibrary Loan
The Interlibrary Loan Office service provides access to materials not owned by Muhlenberg College. Interlibrary loan service supports the study and research needs of Muhlenberg College students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and some affiliates.

Ulrichs Web Periodicals Directory
Provides information on journals and magazines, including if a journal is peer-reviewed, reviews, bibliographic information, and more.

Citation Tools

Citation Guides
Find information on a variety of citation styles, including APA Style.

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