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COMM 101 LLC Egan: Find articles

Outward differences between popular magazines and scholarly journals

Keyword search using broad-to-narrow strategy

My example research topic:

"I'm interested to know if online applications help people who are dating and in long distance relationships to communicate with one another."


Keywords:  ‚Äčlong distance relationships      dating         online       communication 

Long distance relationships = 3000+ results.

Add online = 249 results.

Add communication = 118. Notice your results are now much more specific.

Checkmark the Peer Reviewed box on the left side of your screen = 81 results.  


  • No link to "Full Text?" The Find It button searches for the article in our other databases.
  • In your results list, which of these are original research studies? Tip: find the METHODS section. See the example article in the box on the left side of this page. 

Communication & Mass Media Complete database allows you to search through almost 1000 communication-specific news and research publications.