University Library, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688-0002

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Locating Books and Chapters in Books

SOUTHcat: USA Libraries Catalog
Contains records for books, e-books, journals, CD-ROMs, CDs, DVDs, videos, and government documents held by the libraries at the University of South Alabama. It does not list journal articles.
WorldCat (FirstSearch)
An index to books or other materials in libraries worldwide. Can be searched by keyword, subject heading, author, or title. No full-text, but there are links to Interlibrary Loan request forms.
WorldCat (
The public internet version of WorldCat. Focus of search is on finding materials in a library near your location. Also has links to Interlibrary Loan.
Google Books
Part of Google's library-scanning project. Only books in the public domain are shown in full text. Others may have just a citation or show selected pages from the book.
ACLS Humanities E-Book Project
Full text to books of major importance in historical studies. All titles appear in SOUTHcat Catalog but the best search results are from the e-book website.

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Use the indexes below to identify articles on specific topics, as well as to locate full-text electronic articles. Find over 100 subscribed databases on the Articles, Indexes, and Databases page linked from the Library Homepage

Communication and Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)
Over 700 journals indexed, 380 with full text
A collection of full-text journals in which the latest issues are at least 3 to 5 years old, but the holdings often extend back many years. The journals may be searched separately or by discipline.
Reader's Guide Retrospective
Indexes popular press articles from 1890-1982
Periodicals Archive Online
Backfiles of journals in humanities and social sciences up to 2000.
Sage Journals Online
Multidisciplinary. Most articles are full text.
Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)
General index; covers many disciplines. Many full-text articles.
SocINDEX with Full Text
Abstracts for more than 1200 "core" sociology journals, with full-text for 777. Indexing and some full-text for books, monographs, conference papers.

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LexisNexis Academic
National and international newpapers, law reviews, transcripts, codes, statutes, statistics and more.
Newspaper Source (EBSCO)
Full text newspapers
Proquest Newspapers
Full text newspapers
Ethnic Newswatch Complete (Proquest)
Small ethnic newspapers.
New York Times Index
UL Reference AI 21 .N45 (print indexes); Proquest Newspapers (1980-present), NY Times website (1851-present)
Times (London) Index
Microfiche (1790-1905), Microfilm (1906-67), UL Reference AI 21 .T55 (1968-1998), LexisNexis Academic (1985-present)

Many major newspaper websites now offer the ability to search their archives, although they may charge a fee to access the full-text. Before purchasing any article, check library holdings to see if we have access.


These are just a few of the newspapers in our holdings. Search SOUTHcat to determine holdings for other titles.

Mobile Press-Register
Microfilm (1821 - present), Electronic (1992 - present), Print (6 months ago - present)
The New York Times
Microfilm (1851 - present), Electronic (1980 - present), Print (current)
The Times (London)
Microfilm (1780 - 2000), Electronic (2000 - present)
Christian Science Monitor
Microfilm (1970 - 1989)
Chicago Defender
Microfilm (1956 - 1970)
Louisiana Weekly
Microfilm (1939 - 1970)

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Our Journal List

This is the database of all the journals we subscribe to in print and electronically. Once you have a citation to an article, go to Our Journal List to see if the Libraries have a subscription to the particular volume, issue, and year of the journal you need. Call us at 460-7025 if you have any question about the availablity of these journals. (Note: Some magazine and journal publishers "embargo" the latest six months or year of electronic versions. This means that the most recent issues will not be available online for six months or a year from their publication date.)

Bound print journals are shelved by call number on Third Floor South. Current print journals and journals in microform are shelved alphabetically by title on Second Floor South

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Selected Journals and Magazines

Journalism & Communications Journals

  • Journal for Multimedia History
  • Media History
  • Media History Monographs

Select "Journalism & Communications" under "Browse Journals by Subject" on the Our Journal List page to see other journals in our collection.


These are just a few of the magazines in our holdings. Search SOUTHcat to determine holdings for other titles.

Atlantic Monthly
Microfiche (1857 - 1905), Print (1947, 1954, 1960-2010)
Microfilm (1960 - 1998), Print (1962 - 1980)
Harper's Magazine (Harper's Monthly)
Microfiche (1850 - 1904), Microfilm (1972 - 1974), Print (1934 - 2010)
Print (1936 - 1972), Electronic (1936 - 1972 freely accessible)
Microfilm (1967-1971), Print (1961 - 1966)
The Nation
Microfiche (1865 - 1885), Print (1943 - 1980)
The New Yorker
Microfilm (1965 - 2009), Print (1958 - 1980)
Saturday Evening Post
Microfilm (1942 - 1945), Print (1938 - 1967), Electronic (1931 - present in Academic Search Premier)
Microfilm (1923 - 2009), Electronic (1923 - present freely accessible

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Selected Search Terms and Books

Suggested search terms using "Subject Heading Keyword" or Keyword search option

  • "women journalists"
  • "women in journalism"
  • photojournalism
  • "mass media"
  • "history in mass media"
  • "American newspapers"
  • press "United States"
  • journalism "United States"
  • "war correspondents"
  • "radio journalism"
  • "African American journalists"
  • "press and politics"
  • broadcasting
  • "radio broadcasting"
  • "television broadcasting"
  • "sensationalism in journalism"
  • "African Americans in radio broadcasting"
  • "African American radio stations"
  • "African American newspapers"
  • historiography

Selected Books

Alphabet to internet: Mediated communication in our lives
Bookstacks P 90 .F264 2008
The American journalist: A portrait of U.S. news people and their work
Bookstacks PN 4871 .W4 1986
Debating the issues in colonial newspapers: Primary documents on the events of the period
Bookstacks E 187 .C78 2000
The Greenwood library of American war reporting
Bookstacks D 5 .G84 2005
A history of American literary journalism: The emergence of a modern narrative form
Bookstacks PS 366 .R44 H37 2000
History of the mass media in the United States: An encyclopedia
UL Reference P 92 .U5 H54 1998
Pages from the past: History and memory in American magazines
Bookstacks PN 4877 .K58 2005
The press and America: An interpretive history of the mass media
Bookstacks PN 4855 .E6 1988
Voices of a nation: A history of mass media in the United States
Bookstacks P 92 .U5 F58 2002

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Selected Internet Resources


Digital Collections

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Library Resource Guides

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Style Manuals

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