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Research Starter - COMM 353

Find Resources

Welcome to William G. Squires Library!  When you are new to a library, it can be difficult to figure out where all the resources you need are located.  This brief guide will help you know where to look for particular types of resources.  Please feel free to contact the library with any research questions you may have; we are here to help!

1. The library homepage can be accessed at

2. Students can search through almost all of the library’s resources by searching through the EBSCO Discovery Service.  This is a great place to start if you are new to the library and its resources.

3. Students will be prompted to enter in a username and password to access the databases.  This information is the same username and password you use to login to Portico, Moodle, and your Lee email.  Please contact the library should you have any trouble accessing the databases (

4. If you know the Title of the work or the Author’s name, choose Title or Author from the drop-down menu and enter in your info.

5. If you want to perform a search for a specific topic or subject, we suggest you perform an advanced search.  Click on the “Advanced Search” link.

6. Your results will tell you certain things about the resources:

  • Type of Resource 
  • Title of Resource
  • Author and Citation Information
  • Subject of Resource (note this will help you determine if the resource actually deals with your topic.
  • If the resource is available through the library collection. Look for resources that have “PDF Full Text” access, “Linked Full Text” access, or a “Full-Text Finder” option. 
  • Lee students can request journal articles and books through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). 

8. Click on the title to view move info about the resource.

9. Or click on the full-text link to access the resource directly.

Try these databases to narrow down your search.  Some of these are multidisciplinary and some are specific to the field of communications.  Both types will be useful to you in your research.


Don't pay to access a journal article! Search our databases to access academic journals; this is a service provided to students through the library's database subscriptions. If the full text isn't available directly through one of our database providers, we can request the item through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service which allows us to borrow the item from a different library for you. Listed on this page are some of the many databases that are available to you for research

You may be able to find some useful titles from the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library; particularly works written by or about actors, actresses, directors, and/or writers of the television programs you are studying.  Lee students may obtain a Cleveland Public Library card by using their Lee University ID.  Please note that the public library is not currently open to patrons but you may contact them online for assistance and you are able to request books for checkout.  They also have a large collection of electronic books available for check-out as well.

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