Communications and Mass Media Complete Arrives on Campus

By Reza Peigahi, Instruction Librarian

It’s finally arrived! July 2005 heralds our subscription to Communication & Mass Media Complete (CMMC) database from EBSCO. CMMC has full text access to over 200 titles, including the full archive of some titles, and contains citations and abstracts for over 500 other sources. While the number of articles available is nice to know, the importance of this database is reflected in what it offers the students and faculty in the areas of Communication Studies and Journalism.

Students will be pleased to find the familiar EBSCO interface. Also included is a Thesaurus feature that will aid them in locating the most relevant information on their topic. This controlled vocabulary helps refine results instead of relying solely on keyword searching. Retrieval options include either full text or the find itbutton to see other options. Ease of use combined with access to articles means that students will be able to locate peer-reviewed information on whatever topic they choose.

The acquisition of CMMC is a long awaited addition to the list of databases available to students, faculty and staff, and it further demonstrates the Library’s role in meeting the needs of departments on campus.