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COM-531 Legal and Ethical Issues for Professional Communicators (Ebo, Spring 2016)


Next, find information about your topic.  


The links below connect you to articles and newspapers, books, websites, videos, and more

Also look for additional links that pertain directly to your class section.

Depending on what you find, you might need to revise your topic or search strategy.  


If you are having trouble finding information on your topic, always feel free to ask a librarian!


  • When do you need for your research: books, magazine, journals or newspapers? Check out this research guide The Best Source Types.
  • Differences between journals and magazines - a short video
  • What is the difference between popular magazines, trade journals and scholarly (also called academic or peer-reviewed) journals?  Check out the table below.

    Different Types of Periodicals

    Popular Trade Scholarly
    Color covers Plain cover, plain paper (most often)
    Glossy papers Glossy papers (Science journals may be glossy)
    Ads Ads No ads
    Articles on current events Articles on industry trends Primary research, theories, methodologies
    General interest Written for members of specific industry Written for researchers & professionals
    Short articles Short articles Lengthy, in-depth articles
    Informal tone Informal tone Formal and serious tone
    Easy to read vocabularies Professional jargons, more difficult to read
    Written by general staff Written by staff or experts in the field Written by experts in the field & researchers
    Reviewed by general editor Peer review* by subject experts
    No bibliographies or footnotes Short or no bibliographies Extensive bibliographies & references
    Usually called a "magazine" Referred to as a "journal"; may have "journal" in its name

    "Peer reviewed" means that the article has gone through a vetting or review process.  That is, experts in the same field as the author of the article have evaluated the author's scholarship and made sure that his or her methods, research, theories, and conclusions are sound and backed up by other scholarship or research. Often, a double-blind peer-review process is used, where the author and reviewers are unknown to each other, to ensure that personal bias does not affect the evaluation of scholarship.

    Journals may be scholarly or academic without necessarily being peer-reviewed.  In this case, a editor in the discipline or an editorial board makes the decision to publish another expert's work. Ask your professor whether or not your article needs to be peer-reviewed in addition to being scholarly.

    • When do you need for your research: books, magazine, journals or newspapers? Check out this research guide The Best Source Types.
    • Watch a short video on differences between scholarly journals vs. popular magazines.
    • What is the difference between popular magazines, trade journals and scholarly (also called academic or peer-reviewed) journalsCheck out the table below.
    • More on Scholarly vs. Popular.

Selected databases that contain a variety of journal and/or newspaper articles:


Example of a Library One Search

1. Use Advanced search interface

2. Search by keyword  and limit search in Subject or Abstract field

3. Use keywords describing one concept in each search box, connect synonyms with connector OR (capitalized)

4. Use * (truncation symbol) to pick up plural form or various endings of a root word.

5. Limit to Full text articles or/and Peer-reviewed articles.

6. Check under Content Provider, and look for articles in subject databases such as Communication & Mass Media Complete, PsychINFO, or Social Sciences Full Text, etc.

Sample topic: Legal and Ethical Implications of Domestic Violence in the NFL

Keywords:  (legal OR ethic* OR moral) AND (domestic violence OR family violence) AND (NFL OR national football league) (SU)




  • Find a perfect article but how do you know if you have access to the full text? This Finding the Full Text of Articles Research Guide can help you.
  • What if there is no link to the full text of the article? We might have access through another database. Use the Find Journals link to check.
  • Use the Find Journals link to locate a particular article if you have a citation.

Access and use Find Journals link to locate full-text articles:

Library Catalog

                  Advanced Search

Tutorial on How to Search Online Catalog


Sample book search: find books gender equality

1. At the Advanced Search box, enter gender, Limit to Subject

2. Enter equality in the second search box, limit to Subject

3. Under Location > Moore Stacks (shelves)

4. Use the book call number to find books on the shelves.

Search books


Search Tips - A Tutorial

Capitalize your connectors AND/OR

1. Phrase Search-keep a phrase together so it will not get separated and lose intended meaning


"yellowstone park"

"sandy hook"

2. Truncations  - to search words of various endings


comput* -computer, computers, computerize computerized, computerinzing, computational, computation

wom?n - woman or women

girl*-girl, girls, girlish

3. Boolean Operators - use AND/ OR/ NOT to connect your keywords - Boolean Machine.

 Example- AND

california AND parks

"yellowstone park" AND "wild life"

Example- OR

women OR girl* OR female*

research OR survey OR case stud*

Example- NOT (AND NOT)

yellowstone NOT park

clinton AND NOT hillary

4. Use parenthesis and quotation marks for logical execution of search terms

"sex harrassment" AND ("work place" OR office)