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Communication & Information Sciences Research Guide: Getting Started

This library research guide is designed to support doctoral students in the Communication & Information Sciences (CIS) program.

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Basic Search Techniques

Each database interface looks a little different. But they usually have some common features and there are similar search techniques you can use:

  • Enclose phrases in quotation marks: "social informatics"
  • Use * (or sometimes ! or ?) to truncate words: hawaii* searches for hawaii, hawaiian, hawaiians
  • Re-sort search results if needed: by Relevance, or Most Recent First.
  • Note Export, E-Mail or Print features, and Previous Search buttons. 

Multidisciplinary Indexes

Read this first.  Use the suggested article databases to search for journal articles across disciplines. Often the full text of the article will be immediately accessible in the database you search. Sometimes, however, the database only provides a citation (article title, journal name, year, etc.) for the article. If you have only a citation, determine if the library has the journal that contains the article you want by following the steps in the box to the right.

See More Databases for CIS for more discipline-specific database suggestions.

Can't Find It Online?

If the database you're searching doesn't seem to have the full text of the article attached, try these steps:

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