Communication Research Methods

Course #: CS235B

A) First Steps

B) What is a scholarly resource?


  • read each source as you go along; each one will lead to more
  • keep track of where you look and the keywords you use
  • start early. (library staff can deliver items from other libraries)

C) Background sources

Use your textbook plus Dictionaries and Encyclopedias to learn about your topic and find keywords.

D) Books

Use the Primo Catalogue to identify books at Laurier, the Universities of Waterloo and Guelph, and the Annex

E) Journal articles

Communication Studies @ EBSCOhost
Articles for Communication Studies and related disciplines. Limit to scholarly (peer reviewed) journals.
CBCA (Canadian Business and Current Affairs)
Start here for Canadian topics. Limit to peer reviewed.
Communication Studies @ ProQuest
Articles for languages, music, political science and other social sciences. How to Search ProQuest Databases (video: 2:53)
Google Scholar
Scholarly articles in all disciplines. Connecting to Library resources using Google Scholar (video: 2:02)

F) Government Documents

  • Can be either books or articles
    • check: are they scholarly?
  • Use the Primo Catalogue to identify government documents, which may be in book or article form
  • Also try deslibris
    • Collection of Canadian books and public documents

G) Citation style

Having problems? Don't hesitate to contact me: email, call (519-884-0710 x3384), drop in, or make an appointment. My office, L3-312, is one floor up from the main floor of the Library on the Waterloo campus. Come up the stairs, then walk straight ahead.