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Journalism and Media Studies

A guide to Journalism & Media Studies resources

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Susie Skarl, Urban Affairs Librarian
UNLV Libraries
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4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Box 457014
Las Vegas, NV 89154-7014

Welcome JMS Grad Students!

Welcome to the Journalism & Media Studies Grad Student Library Research Guide!


Welcome from UNLV Libraries!

In order to access the online resources through the UNLV Libraries, please log on with your Ace Account.

To begin, view the UNLV Libraries tutorials at this by clicking here.

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To Get You Started on the Road to Research & the Inquiry Process

Use Time-Saving Library Services


Use Time-saving Library Services

UNLV Interlibrary Loan: Use this account to get articles, books, and other resources from our interlibrary loan system that are not available through UNLV Libraries for free by clicking HERE to set up an account. 

RefWorks: Software that will allow you to store, organize and format your research citations via the Internet automatically.

Google Scholar is a subset of Google that is designed to search for academic and scholarly articles and books online.

Research Consultations: If you would like to schedule a time that is convenient for your schedule to discuss your research, please contact me at Or--click on my calendar to make a virtual appointment.

Journalism-Related Research Databases

Learn Effective Database Search Strategies

Learn Effective Database Search Strategies--The following are suggestions to improve your search results

Use different search terms or key words

  • Try using other words to describe your topic, it will give you better results. 
  • Examples: journalism, mass media, media, media studies

 Truncation or wildcard (*)

  • This will locate alternate endings for your search term.
  • Example - new* to find news, newspaper, newsroom, etc.
  • Note: Some databases use different symbols; consult the help page for the correct symbol

 Try different databases

  • Each database contains unique material, so searching a different database may yield more relevant research.

 Help page

  • Each database has a page with tips to help you effectively search that resource.

UNLV Libraries Online Videos & Streaming Media

UNLV Libraries Online Videos & Streaming Media Home Page  :  The UNLV Libraries provide access to thousands of streaming videos for UNLV use. You can search the catalog to find them, or visit the video collection websites directly. Many of the collection sites allow you to register a personal account for creating and managing clips, playlists, and other customized views of the content.


UNLV Libraries Video Tutorials

Click HERE to check out the wide variety of UNLV Libraries video tutorials!

Video--Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students.

Research Planner

APA Style Resources

Other Resources:


Organizing Your Research Using RefWorks or Mendeley

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What is RefWorks?
RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic software package that enables you to:

  • Organize your research
  • Create a bibliography in a variety of citation styles, including APA, MLA and Chicago
  • Import references from many data sources
  • Create bibliographies in different document formats (Word, RTF, HTML, etc.)
  • Include citations while you write your paper

"New" RefWorks Instructions

Journalism Publication Information

Need to know where to publish, how to contact a publisher, and what has been published?  Check out the following resources.

Citation Analysis Tools

Use the following resources to track citations, including by author, number of articles cited, number of articles published, etc.
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