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Journal Articles

Academic Search Complete

Index and full-text general source for scholarly journals and magazines.

Communication & Mass Media Complete

Article index focusing on communications/mass media with some full-text access.

Communication Studies: A SAGE Full-Text Collection

Searchable collection of journals in the communications field.

E-Server Technical Communication Library

Searchable full-text database developed through a collaboration of academics and others.  Contains over 15,000 articles to date.


Full text and images for back issues of selected scholarly journals in a range of disciplines.

MLA International Bibliography

Indexes critical materials on literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore.


Provides indexing, abstracts, and citation searching for science and social science scholarly literature.

WilsonWeb OmniFile

General database with good coverage of communication journals.


When searching in article databases, look for and use these icons:

Check for FullText Logo to link to full-text.

Article Delivery Logo to link to Interlibrary Loan to receive scanned copies of articles from our own collection or from other libraries at no charge.



Search LEO the library catalog to find books, videos, and more.  (Use Periodical Locator to find journals by title.)


Catalog of materials in libraries worldwide.

The new century handbook / Christine A. Hult, Thomas N. Huckin. 4th ed. New York: Pearson/Longman, c2008.

Carrier & East Lib Ref PE1408 .H688 2008

Encyclopedia of rhetoric / Thomas O. Sloane, editor in chief.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Carrier Ref PN174. E52 2001

Encyclopedia of rhetoric and composition: communication from ancient times to the information age / edited by Theresa Enos.  New York: Garland, 1996.

Carrier Ref PN172. E52 1996

Safari Tech Books

Searchable e-reference library of technical books and manuals.


Criticism & Reviews

Literature Criticism Online
Literature Criticism Online (LCO) provides access to 10 individual titles that represent a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres.

Gale's Literary Index

An author and title index to 40 major literature series published by The Gale Group. Combines and cross references more than 130,000 author names, including pseudonyms and variant names, and more than 140,000 titles. These series contain complete biographies on authors and critical essays on their writings. Search by author, title, nationality, birth, and death dates.


Full online text and images for back issues of selected scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, anthropology, sociology, education, literature, sciences and other fields.  Does not contain the most recent (2-5 years) issues of the journals indexed.


Legal & Government Information

LexisNexis Legal Research

Full-text of U.S. Federal and state cases, Federal and state codes, law journal articles, and more.

CQ Press Electronic Library

Searches CQ Weekly, CQ Researcher, and CQ Historic Documents simultaneously on issues in U.S. politics, health care, education, economics, bioethics, environment and society. CQ's news team covers Capitol Hill with more than 125 reporters, editors and researchers to provide summaries and detailed analysis of issues facing Congress.

Legal Information Institute (Cornell University)

Includes links to Federal case law, the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Code, Supreme Court Cases, and many other legal resources.

United States Supreme Court

Includes Supreme Court decisions back to 1991, slip opinions, and additional information about the Court.

LexisNexis Congressional Research

Search full text of congressional publications and legislative history research.

Government & Law subject guide (JMU)
This collection provides access to the government documents in the JMU library as well as links to other sources of government and legal information.
Gateway to government information, including federal agency,state, and local government web sites.

Technology Information


Contains full text of Gartner Group research documents on information technology management, knowledge management, and marketing of information technology systems and services.  Use JMU e-ID to log in.



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