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COMM 102 Media Processes and Effects: Getting Started

Suggested resources for Comm 102 course on media processes and effects.

About This Guide

Not sure how to begin researching a topic? This guide is for you.

  • Use Mirlyn (see middle right) to find books, movies, music and more.  
  • Use ArticlesPlus (see bottom right) to search for articles.  
  • Use the "Databases" tab for suggested subject-specific articles.
  • Use the "News Sources" tab to search for news and magazine articles.
  • Get APA and MLA citation help.
  • Discover library services and get personalized help.

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Not sure where to start?

Not sure where to start your search?  Try the "magic" search box on the MLibrary home page, Your results will be various types of information available from the library:  items from the catalog, web pages, research guides, databases, etc.


Looking for books, movies, music and more? Use Mirlyn, the library catalog

Mirlyn (  

  • Search for books and other items by keyword, subject, title, author, etc.
  • Need a specific newspaper, magazine or journal?  Check the library's coverage of a particular periodical/source (i.e., a newspaper, magazine, news outlet, etc.) by looking up the title in Mirlyn, the library catalog. From the drop-down menu, choose "Journal/Serial name" and search for the title. For example, you can view the Mirlyn record for the New Orleans Times-Picayune here. The "holdings" tab tells you that we have electronic access to this newspaper through several different databases, with different dates of coverage.

Looking for journal or news articles? Try ArticlesPlus

ArticlesPlus allows you to search across hundreds of databases at the same time.  It is especially useful when searching for interdisciplinary topics.

Start at the and click on the ArticlePlus center tab.