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Communication: Finding Other Resources

A guide to library resources for Communication majors, graduate students and faculty.

New Com Materials at Milner

See the list of New materials in the field of Communication regularly added to Milner Library's collection.  


Google Scholar enables you to search for peer-reviewed articles and other scholarly publications. 

Not all publications in the results list of a Google Scholar search will include access to online full text of the article or publication via Google.  However, online full text may be available through Milner Library. 

Google Scholar settings allow you to designate Illinois State University as your institution, so that a Find It @ ISU option displays in the list of Google Scholar search results and links to Milner Library's Find It page.  To create this option:

  • Go to Google Scholar.
  • Log in to your Google account.
  • Click the three lines in the upper left corner.
  • Click Settings.
  • Click Library Links.
  • Enter Illinois State University in the search box.
  • Check the box for Illinois State University and click Save.

When there is no Find It @ ISU link listed for a Google Scholar search result, search for an article citation using Milner Library's Citation Finder tab.

NOTE: Not all journals, magazines and newspapers are available at Milner Library with full text online.

If online full text of an article is not available, search Milner's Catalog for availability of print copy. In Milner's Catalog enter the journal title, change the type of search from "Any field" to "Title" and "Contains" to "Is (Exact)" on the adjacent dropdown lists, and change Material Type to "Journals."

If both the online and print copy are not available at Milner, request the article through Interlibrary Loan.  It's a free service!

NOTE: You may still request articles through interlibrary loan, but many libraries are not participating in Interlibrary Loan for the time being due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so there is no guarantee that you will be able to get the articles you request.

Google Scholar Search

Search Google Books for books about specific communication theories or topics.

When only a preview of a book is available, search Milner's Catalog for the book title and author.

If Milner does not own the book, search All I-Share Libraries for the book title and request the book from one of the 90 other I-Share Libraries in Illinois.

Note: Your Milner/I-Share account no longer requires account creation. Login with your ULID and password.

Google Book Search

The Milner Library Types of Sources guide provides information about evaluating sources and comparing types of article sources.  This information is visually summarized in the article type comparison chart.

Subject Librarian for the School of Communication

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Sharon Van Der Laan
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309 438-7461