Skip to Main Content

Hekman Library logoHekman Library

COMM362: Small Group and Organizational Communication

Liaison Librarian

Profile Photo
Sarah McClure Kolk
Office: HL407
(for 2023-2024 academic year)

Getting Started with Research: Library Basics

Researching Organizational Communication

For this assignment, you've been asked to do conduct research and write a literature review on a specific aspect of organizational communication. For this literature review, you need to include at 6 to 10 sources from peer-reviewed academic journals. Some strategies you might try:

1. Browse through the reference sources listed below to get some initial background and foundational sources (or even more specific topics you could focus on.)

2. Search Communication and Mass Media Complete (the core COMM database). This will be a broad search in the communication research literature, including some non-peer-reviewed sources. So be sure to use the "peer-reviewed" filter.

3. You could also limit your search to the specific journals noted by Prof. Groenendyk. 

  • The following titles may be searched together through this link from CMMC:
    • Communication Monographs
    • Journal of Applied Communication Research
    • Management Communication Quarterly
    • Human Communication Research
    • Journal of Communication
    • Communication Studies
    • Communication Quarterly
  • These journals can also be searched directly:

4. Once you start finding relevant sources on your chosen topic, track down citations from bibliographies! (See handout linked below.)

5. After trying these strategies, you might, of course, use Search Start on the library's homepage, or another relevant subject-specific library databaseThose will be broader searches that, again, may include non-peer-reviewed sources (so use that filter!).

Finding More Sources by Citations

Use this handout to help you know how to track down sources from citations you find in bibliographies: