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   Volume III, Issue 2
December 2006   

Communication research simplified: Communication & Mass Media Complete

How do television series such as "Friends," "Veronica Mars" and "According to Jim" influence young people’s expectations of work and family life? Can blogging and podcasting help your career? How have the 9/11 tragedies influenced the media’s portrayal of evil?

Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student in the versatile discipline of communication, your search for information on questions such as these has been simplified by the recent addition of EBSCO’s Communication & Mass Media Complete to Falvey's collection of online databases.

CMMC provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracting of almost 400 key journals, with selected coverage of 200 more, including the essential publications of the National Communication Association and regional communication associations. Best of all, many articles are actually full text as part of the database contents, and users can link to others by clicking on the  button. Indexing information for books, book reviews, entertainment reviews and obituaries rounds out CMMC’s coverage.

You’ll find CMMC’s search screen to be very user-friendly. The handy “Refine” tab guides you to options for focusing your query, such as narrowing your results to articles appearing in peer-reviewed journals. You can even save or print out your citations in one of several standard documentation styles, such as APA, MLA and Chicago.

Access CMMC by starting at the Falvey home page and clicking on Resources by Subject. Then choose Communication, and, under each category, when the list of article databases appears, click on Communication & Mass Media Complete. Alternatively, select CMMC from the Databases by Title list on the home page.

Contributed by Barbara Quintiliano