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Journalism & Public Relations: JOUR 494

Research Methods for Public Relations and Mass Communication

Resources to help with literature reviews, and to identify and document research trends

News coverage

For News Transcripts

  • Go to the Westlaw database.
  • Click on News.
  • Click on Transcripts.

State and Federal Statistics

Another approach to finding government statistics on a topic is to use the following search in Google:

Statistics [TOPIC] site:.gov

Demographics

PRSSA and SPJ

You may also find articles to inform your research from the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) or the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) or the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

Neither have terrific search engines, so you might be better off with a Google search ending in site:.prsa.org or site:.spj.org.

Start your literature review

Scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles are a good place to start a literature review and identify research trends. Try these databases.

Multidisciplinary search

Media and Public Relations topics

Health and science topics

Business topics

Education topics

Congressional Quarterly Reports

California Legislature Reports