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ComAbstracts is part of a system of electronic databases and textual and research resources provided by the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship, a not for profit organization. It contains abstracts of articles and books published in the professional literature of the communication field and covers over one hundred journals. Records may be searched by word, phrase, author, or publication.

Topics covered include:
advertising, artificial intelligence, audiovisual media, censorship, communication law, communication technology, communication theory, game theory, health communication, information technology, interactive media, intercultural and international relations, interpersonal communication, journalism, language, marketing, mass media, movies, music, photography, photojournalism, public policy, public relations, radio, rhetoric, semiotics, telecommunication, television, and video games.


Online help is available as part of the database. On the main search screen, look to the right of the search term box.

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

User tools and features

The Visual Communication Concept Explorer allows the user to explore links between key concepts. ComVista provides information on top researchers and leading programs of study in the communication/journalism field.

Dates covered

Dates of coverage vary depending on individual journal title. Earliest entries are from 1915.

Updating frequency

The database is updated at intervals throughout the year with both older and newer materials.


Scholarly journals in the field of communication studies, mass media and journalism. A list of the journals indexed with dates of coverage is available.

Type of coverage

Bibliographic citations with abstracts

Print counterpart or
related resources


Producer/content provider

CIOS (Communication Institutes for Online Scholarship)

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

CIOS (Communication Institutes for Online Scholarship)

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