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This guide includes resources and information to help you in your library research for communication studies topics.
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Citation Generators

Many databases will create a citation for you.  Click on an article title, then look for a link or icon that says "Citation Tools" or "Cite".  You can cut and paste the citation to include in your list of references.


If you're using a book or website, or you find an article that's not in a database,  these websites will automatically create citations for your sources, but you may need to enter some information manually, and ALWAYS  make sure to double-check the results.

Websites for Writing & Citing Help


Using MS Word Templates

Where to Find Articles

Search these databases to find articles related to public relations:

  • Communications and Mass Media Colletcion (Gale)
    A custom collection of more than 250 journals focused on advertising, public relations, journalism, and communications.
  • Management and Organization Studies (SAGE)
    Includes articles on : Business & Management, Organizations Studies, Human Resource Management, Human Resource Development, , Marketing, Analytical Marketing, S Industrial Relations, Small Business/Entrepreneurship, Organizational Communication and Interpersonal Communication.
  • Demographics Now
    Find information about specific businesses or compare businesses competing in a specific geographic area using this database
  • Business Decision
    Includes comprehensive business-to-consumer market data. Detailed company profiles, product and brand information combined with investment reports and rankings.
  • Business Collection (Gale)
    rovides information on companies, markets and industries, market trends, mergers and acquisitions, current management theory and company overviews. The database provides access to business and trade journals, newspapers and company directory profiles with full text and images.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    An interdisciplinary, full-text database of over 18,000 sources including newspapers, journals, wire services, newsletters, company reports and SEC filings, case law, government documents, transcripts of broadcasts, and selected reference works.

Citation and Style Books

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MLA Handbook - The Modern Language Association of America
Call Number: LB 2369 .C53 2016
Publication Date: 2016
Sources today are published today in a dizzying range of formats. A book, for example, may be read in print, online, or as an e-book--or perhaps listened to in an audio version. On the Web, modes of publication are regularly invented, combined, and modified. In this shorter and redesigned for easy use new edition the MLA recommends instead one universal set of guidelines, which writers can apply to any type of source.

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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association - American Psychological Association
Call Number: BF 76.7 .P83 2010
Publication Date: 2001
In addition to providing guidance on grammar, the mechanics of writing, and APA style, this manual offers an authoritative reference and citation system. It also covers the treatment of numbers, metrication, statistical and mathematical data, tables and figures for use in writing, reports or presentations.

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APA Style Guide to Electronic References - American Psychological Association
Call Number: BF 76.7 .A833 2007
Publication Date: 2007

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The Associated Press Stylebook 2015 - Associated Press
Call Number: PN 4783 .A83 2015
Publication Date: 2015
The style of the Associated Press is the gold standard for news writing. WithThe AP Stylebook in hand, you can learn how to write and edit with the clarity and professionalism for which they are famous. Includes invaluable additional sections on the unique guidelines for business and sports reporting and on how you can guard against libel and copyright infringement.

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The Chicago Manual of Style - University of Chicago
Call Number: Z 253 .U69 2010
Publication Date: 2010
While digital technologies have revolutionized the publishing world in the twenty-first century, one thing still remains true: The Chicago Manual of Style is the authoritative, trusted source that writers, editors, and publishers turn to for guidance on style and process. For the sixteenth edition, every aspect of coverage has been reconsidered to reflect how publishing professionals work today

Evaluating Sources

When evaluating sources, consider the following:

  • Who are the Authors
  • Objectivity and Purpose
  • Content and Accuracy
  • Currency
  • Coverage
See this handout for more information.

    Fact Checking Websites


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