Communication & Mass Media Complete

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Communication & Mass Media Complete combines two earlier databases in the fields of communication and mass media studies -- CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association), and Mass Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Pennsylvania State University). The new database offers full-text coverage for more than 280 titles plus citation coverage for many more. Many major journals have indexing, abstracts, PDFs, and searchable citations from their first issues to the present (dating as far back as the early 1900s). 

CMMC uses a controlled vocabulary and includes linked references for all "core" peer- reviewed journals. Search limits include the ability to restrict search results to full-text, scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals, or articles that include references.


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For help using these indexes see: How do I find an article on my topic?

Dates covered

Varies by title, but ranges from the early 1900s to the present.

Updating frequency

Updated as new issues are published.


Journals, encyclopedias, and handbooks.

Type of coverage

Indexing with abstracts and full-text or full-image content for many sources. Due to publishers' restrictions, full-text content is unavailable for the most recent 12 months of some journals.

Print counterpart or
related resources

CommSearch; Some individual journals are also published in print format and can be found using QuickSearch.

Producer/content provider

Various scholarly publishers.

Vendor/electronic presentation provider


Core Subject(s)

Supplementary Subject(s)