Communication databases

subject specific databases

Communication & Mass Media Complete

This database combines the content of CommSearch and Mass Media Articles Index, two of the premier indexes for communications journals. This database can be searched in conjunction with Academic Search Premier and other databases by clicking "Choose Databases."

Humanities International Index

Humanities International Index provides citations and abstracts to articles, essays, reviews and other reference sources in the humanities. You can limit your search results to only full text items by checking the "Linked Full Text" box on the advanced search screen. All other articles can be requested through interlibrary loan. This database can be searched in conjunction with Academic Search Premier or other databases by clicking "Choose Databases."

general/related databases

Academic Search Premier

This multidisciplinary database is a good place to start your research. For extra search capabilities, click "Choose Databases" and select more subject specific databases to simultaneously search.

ebrary Academic Complete(electronic books)

This collection of e-books includes approximately 47,000 titles in all academic subject areas. Search by title or author for specific books, or search by subject or keyword to find books on a specific topic. All of the e-books in this collection are available in full text.

ProQuest Research Library

ProQuest Research Library provides citations and/or full-text access to 3,000+ scholarly journals and magazines in a wide range of subject areas. In addition to general interest publications, the database covers the Arts, Business, Children, Education, Health, Humanities, Law, Military, International and Multicultural interests, Psychology, Sciences, Social Sciences, and Women's Interests.


Use WorldCat to find books about a research topic that are not available at Holy Spirit Library. Search by title or author if you are looking for something specific, or search by keyword or subject to find something new. Click "Borrow this item from another library" to request a book from another library.

Communication websites

CCJ: Committee of Concerned Journalists

CCJ is affiliated with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. It provides original content about the current trends and issues facing journalists and advice for those who hope to enter the profession. Information about training opportunities and other resources for students are also provided.

Center for Future Civic Media

This website for the Center for Future Civic Media compiles blog posts from two MIT programs, one that focuses on the invention of technology and one that focuses on indentifying the potential of media change through cultural and social avenues.  Posts are tagged and categorized into broad subjects such as civic media, journalism, technology solutions and government.

International Center for Journalists: Advancing Quality Journalism Worldwide

This is the official website of the ICFJ and has information about their work worldwide and their many publications, as well as information about the organization itself.

Media Channel

Media Channel aims to shine a spotlight on the way in which the media covers the news, especially since most major news outlets worldwide are controlled by only 9 transnational conglomerates. The political, cultural and social impacts of the media are highlighted.

Project New Media Literacies

Project New Media Literacies is trying to find ways to best teach young people the social skills and cultural competencies they will need to participate in an emergent media landscape.

ProPublica: Journalism in the Public Interest

ProPublica provides independent investigative journalism pieces. The subjects covered include business, military, and national security.