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Research Guide: Communication Studies


The majority of the journals are available full-text online through our subscription databases. Sometimes, however, the complete run of back issues of journals will not be online, but may nonetheless be available in the Smith Library Center. The location of the following formats of back issues, as well the current issues of some journal titles, are indicated below:

  • Bound Volumes: shelved alphabetically first floor of Periodicals Service.
  • Microfilm/Microfiche Volumes: shelved in  grey cabinets in Periodicals Service.
  • Some Current Issues: shelved by title in Periodicals Service.

Many journal databases have the capability to limit searches so that only scholarly or "peer-reviewed" articles are in the results list. Many instructors specify that only these types of articles (as opposed to articles that appear in popular magazines). 

University of Chicago Journals

Over 50 journals electronically published by the University of Chicago Press. These peer-reviewed journals cover art, economics, education, history, humanities, law, politics, science, and social sciences.

Directory of Open Access Journals (Media and Communication)

This is a site designed to increase the visibility and impact of open access scientific and scholarly journals. Contains listings for hundreds open access journals related to communication topics and issues.