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Resources in the field of Communication.

COM310 Search Strategies

This page will provide you with some tips and tricks to make your research a breeze! If you still can't find what you need, please don't hesitate to contact the library! You can find our contact information and more on the Get Help page.

To get you started, here are some general search strategies:

Keyword Strategies

Use these keywords in a general search in any one of our recommended databases or inside DragonQuest:

  • “Communicative Behavior”
  • “Sexist language”
  • “Nonverbal Messages”
  • “Listening Habits”
  • “Interpersonal Relationships”
  • “Group Cohesion”
  • “Affective Conflict”
  • “Constructive Conflict”
  • “Structured Problem Solving”
  • “Planning Meetings"

Subject Strategies

Searching for results by subject heading, rather than by keywords, can help you focus your search in new directions. Consider these subject search options:

  • “Interpersonal communication"
  • “Interpersonal relations"
  • “Sexism in language"
  • “Racism in language"
  • “Body language"
  • “Emotion recognition"
  • “Conflict Management”
  • “Group Cohesion”
  • “Language research"
  • "Nonverbal immediacy"

The following image shows you how to change your search to a subject search by using the dropdown menu inside DragonQuest:

Image shows the dropdown menu selection for "SU Subject Terms" in the DragonQuest search area


Research Starters

Need some extra guidance? Try a Research Starter:

What is a Research Starter?

Research Starters are encyclopedia entries, so they are more of an "idea gathering" mechanism than a scholarly source to support your stance on an issue. They provide you with background information on a broad topic and highlight keywords you can use and/or links to source material to get you started on your research. 

Narrowing DragonQuest Search Results

If you'd like to know how to narrow down your DragonQuest list to only full text, peer reviewed, or specific types of resources, we recommend the following tutorial:

Locating Case Studies

Several library databases contain case studies. If you're looking for a case study on a topic, our case studies tutorial can help. 

Academic Writer Help

If you'd like additional guidance on using Academic Writer, we recommend the following tutorial: