Depending on the database, it may offer a variety of ways to limit your results:
For articles that are not available in full text, use the InterLibrary Loan service.
Most databases use a controlled vocabulary to organize information and make browsing more efficient and specific to chosen terms. When building your search string, consider keywords, synonyms or related terms. See several examples in the table below.
|Subject Terms||Related Terms|
|Speech anxiety||Social phobia, public speaking, stage fright, communication apprehension|
|Public speaking||Oral communication, debates and debating, oratory|
|Oral communication||Dialogue analysis, discourse, speech|
Combine or group terms or concepts using the Boolean operator "AND" to refine your search string: oral communication AND speeches or addresses or try the search string: public speaking AND speech anxiety . Check to see if the database offers a Thesaurus or a Subject Terms tab or link. For instance, the database Academic Search Premier offers a "subject terms" tab, and the Communication & Mass Media Complete database features a "thesaurus" tab, while ProQuest offers a "thesaurus" link. Enter terms in the Browsing box to see how the database recognizes them.
The list below examples journal titles; some are peer-reviewed and some are not peer-reviewed.
Argumentation & Advocacy (peer-reviewed)
Journal of Nonverbal Behavior (peer-reviewed)
Gesture (academic journal - peer-reviewed)
International Journal of Listening (peer-reviewed)
Journal of Communications Research (peer-reviewed)
Quarterly Journal of Speech (peer-reviewed) - other titles: Quarterly Journal of Speech Education and the Quarterly Journal of Public Speaking
Speech Communication (peer-reviewed)
Text & Talk (peer-reviewed: subject Speech Communication)
Today's Speech (peer-reviewed - changed title to Communication Quarterly)
Visual Communication (peer-reviewed)
Vital Speeches of the Day (not peer-reviewed: publication type is a primary source document that focuses on text of speeches on a wide range of political topics)
Vital Speeches International (not peer-reviewed)
Voices of Democracy (not peer-reviewed: subjects are Rhetoric & Discourse and Public Speaking)
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