Research Guides: Introduction to Communication Theory (Dr. Banfield)

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Communication & Mass Media Database
From the library homepage, click the Databases tab and select Communication & Mass Media from the drop-down list.

Enter your theory in the first search box and select SU Subject Terms from the drop-down box to right of the search box. Use quotes to search for phrases. Click Search.

(If there are no results, change the drop down box from SU Subject Terms to Select a field (optional), which will do a keyword search instead.)

  1. Click the option for Full Text on the left if you want to see only articles that are available in this database.
  2. Articles that are not available in full text will have a link to request the article through Interlibrary Loan. This takes abotu a week for the article to arrive at our library. 
  3. Use the slider bar to select what dates your results were published.
  4. Click the PDF Full Text link to view the entire article.

Sample Scholarly Journal Article
Your scholarly article should be:
  1. Published in a peer-reviewed journal
  2. Written by an expert (or experts) in the field 
  3. Use a communication theory to understand the results of a research study
  4. Include a list of references citing other studies or research on the topic
Click here to see a sample scholarly journal article. (Click PDF Full Text on the left side of the screen.)
APA Citation for Database Articles

Article with Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 7.01.1

Author Last Name, A. A. (Year). Title of article. Title of Journal, Volume(Issue), pages. doi:####


Ward, T. & Birgden, A. (2007). Human rights and correctional clinical practice. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 12, 628-643. doi:10.1016/j.avb.2007.05.001

In-text Citation: Ward & Birgden (2007) deal with the question of offenders' human rights.

Article without Digital Object Identifier (DOI) APA 7.01.3

Author Last Name, A. A. (Year, and month only if there's no volume #). Title of article. Title of Journal, Volume(Issue), pages. Retrieved from (give the URL of database homepage).


Scholarly Article

Browne-Krimsley, V. (2004). Lessons learned: Providing culturally competent care in a nurse-managed center. ABNF Journal 15(4), 71-74. Retrieved from

In-text Citation: In this case study, nursing students were given the opportunity to work within the cultural and economic framework of a particular community (Browne-Krimsley, 2004).

See more examples at
Formatting an APA Style Research Paper
Learnng Objective:
The learner will be able to format a research paper using APA style for the title page, running head and page numbers, in-text citations, and References page.


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APA Style Guide
For APA citation formatting, use our online guide.
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