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COMM 309: Introduction to Public Relations

Finding Articles about PR

Library databases can help you find articles about PR topics that you will explore in COMM 309. 

Database Search Tips:

  • Enter your search terms on the advanced search screen to allow for maximum control of your search.
  • Put quotation marks around words that you want to keep adjacent to one another such as "public relations."
  • Combine your search terms with the connecting words "AND," "OR," and "NOT." 
  • Use OR to designate synonymous or interchangeable words that are acceptable in your search results. Put terms connected by OR in parentheses if you type them on one single line.

Example 1: communication AND “public relations”

Example 2: “public relations” AND (career OR job OR employment)

  • The advanced search screen allows you make specifications such as requiring that your search terms appear in the title of the document or the abstract of the article.  This will help you obtain a smaller and more relevant list of search results.
  • In most cases, the advanced search screen also allows you to select whether or not the search results must be scholarly or peer-reviewed and if the results must be published within a specific date range.

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