COM 100 Sec. 3 (for Bongiorno) Fall 2018

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This guide is to assist you with your course assignments, and to help you become familiar with resources available through the SUNY Broome Library.

Library Home Page

The Library home page is a great place to start!  It has links to:

Important!  Evaluate Your Sources

It is important to critically evaluate your sources to determine their appropriateness for the topic you are researching.  The tutorial Evaluating Information can help with this.

How to Find Articles

There are different types of article databases, e.g., multi-disciplinary, subject specific, viewpoint.  To search for articles select a database that covers the scope of your topic. The following databases provide access to full-text articles, search by your topic in the search boxes.  

Some databases to start with: 

Discovery Search  Searches many of the Library's databases at once.

​Search example:

(use "Advanced Search")

"media literacy"     note: keep quotation marks to search as phrase




  • Set date limits.  (on left, search results page)
  • Select your "Content Types," e.g., Academic Journals.  (on left)
  • Do you need peer-reviewed?  (select, if you do, on left)
  • Option for "Available in Library Collection."  (on left)


Academic Search Complete  A multi-disciplinary database, e.g., humanities, social sciences, sciences.

Search example - using "Advanced Search":

"mass media"     note: keep quotation marks to search as phrase


truth* OR fact OR objectiv*     note: use * to get various endings of term


  • Set date limits.  (on left, search results page)
  • Select your "Source Types," e.g., Academic Journals.  (on left)
  • Do you need peer-reviewed?  (select, if you do, on left)


Communication & Mass Media Complete Includes journals in communication, mass media, and closely-related fields.  For search example, see Academic Search Complete (above).


Databases with multiple points of view (these are also helpful for browsing for current issues and topics):

  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context Includes topic overviews and viewpoint articles on issues.
  • CQ Researcher The full-length articles include: overview, historical background, chronology, pros/cons. Also includes shorter "Hot Topics" articles.

More databases:

  • Statista Lots of statistics.
  • SUNY Broome Library's databases for news.
  • More databases available through the SUNY Broome Library.                                                                 

Searching for Books

Use the Online Catalog and/or eBooks to find books in both print and/or electronic formats.  Keep in mind the publication dates and how it relates to what you are researching.

In the online catalog you may need to expand your search results to "Quick delivery libraries" and/or "Worldwide libraries." Click on "GET IT" to submit a request through Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad).

Important!  Cite Your Sources

When writing a paper it is important to cite where you find your information, quotations, and ideas.  For examples of how to format your citations see the following guide: MLA Style Guide.  Citation tools are also available in a lot of the databases now.  Look for these to help you out. 

In the Library’s reference and circulating collections you can find the following:

  • MLA Handbook, 8th edition.  LB269 .G53 2016


D. Curtin  9/20/17; latest update 10/10/18