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Journalism and Communication

The following is a selected list of resources for starting research in journalism and mass communication studies. For further assistance, contact Paul Frantz, Reference Librarian, at

Starting Your Research

These sources can help you identify a topic for your research. Some provide an overview of a specific issue and suggest other materials which might be useful for your research. Others help you to find a topic that might be of interest to you.

Finding Articles

  • Communication and Mass Media Complete indexes over 500 mass media journals and offers the full text of about 230 of these.
  • Sociological Abstracts provides indexing for over 1500 periodicals in the social sciences.
  • Finding News Articles is useful for locating newspaper article databases, such as Lexis-Nexis Academic, with its full-text access to national and regional American newspapers, Newspaper Source, and Oregon indexes to the Portland Oregonian and Eugene Register-Guard.
  • Business Source Complete provides coverage of periodicals and journals in advertising, marketing, and public relations.
  • Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive indexes the core U.S. and U.K. magazines in film, television, music, and theatre.
  • Vogue Archive contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch contains the complete text of articles, editorials, and reviews published in approximately 200 ethnic and minority newspapers, magazines, and journals published in the U.S.
  • Open Access Journals is a directory of free on-line journals in media and communications.
  • Small Town Papers provides the text of over 250 local newspapers from around the United States (with varying archival access).


Finding Books and Dissertations


LibrarySearch offers a streamlined interface for search results that combine, into a single merged list, the collections of the UO Libraries and the 37 Summit libraries of the Pacific Northwest.


Books on journalism and communication can be found under the following call numbers:

  • HE 7601-8700 Telecommunications
  • HF 5801-6182 Advertising
  • HM 258-263 Public relations
  • HM 851 the Internet
  • HM 1221 Public relations
  • HQ 784-799 Media and children
  • KF 2750 & KF 4770 Media law
  • P 87-96 Mass media
  • PN 1990-1992 Radio and television broadcasting
  • PN 4699-5650 Journalism
  • TR 820-821 Photojournalism


Dissertation Abstracts provides summary information to dissertations in all subjects from 1861 to the present.


Media Directories


The UO Libraries have a number of media directories, including:

  • Editor & Publisher International Data Book (REF KNIGHT PN 4700 .E2; located by the Reference/Information Desk)
  • Complete Television, Radio & Cable Industry Directory (REF KNIGHT HF 6146 .R3 B72)
  • Bacon's Newspaper Directory (REF KNIGHT Z 286 .N48 B33)
  • Bacon's Magazine Directory (REF KNIGHT Z 286 .PR B33)
  • Bacon's Radio Directory (REF KNIGHT HE 8664 .B33)
  • Bacon's TV/Cable Directory (REF KNIGHT HE 8700.8 .B33)
  • Television & Cable Factbook (REF KNIGHT TK 6540 .T45)
  • O"Dwyer's Directory of Public Relations Firms (REF KNIGHT HM 263 .O37, and UO Portland Library Reference)


Contacting People and Organizations

Web Resources

  • University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication provides links to faculty, course Web pages, and student publications.
  • Online Newspapers provides links to online newspapers and news services around the globe.
  • TV News (Internet Archive) provides television news broadcasts from 2009 onwards. Registration (free) required.
  • The Roper iPoll Databank is a comprehensive source for U.S. public opinion polling, from 1935 to the present.
  • AP Images includes approximately 750,000 current and archived photos from the library of the Associated Press.
  • The Pew Research Center has excellent reports and data on Americans' use of the press and Internet.
  • Mashable is an excellent resource for anyone interested in keeping up with digital technology and social media.
  • Center for Public Integrity: Investigative Reporting in the Public Interest provides a model for those interested in how the Web can invigorate investigative reporting.
  • Poynter Online. The Poynter Institute specializes in journalism education, and its Web site is a useful source for scanning its curriculum and publications.
  • offers a variety of resources addressing practical and ethical issues of concern to practitioners and students.
  • Want an idea of how people will be communicating in five years? Start at the MIT Media Lab, where communication and computers interweave in state-of-the-art research programs.


Last revised April 2015 by Paul Frantz
Created by pfrantz on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Aug 24, 2015
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