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Lehigh University Libraries - Library Guides

Journalism and Communication: Articles and Journals

Use this guide to locate information resources relevant to journalism and communication

What are article databases?

Off Campus Access To Library Resources

Use Lehigh's Virtual Private Network (VPN)  to connect to library resources from off campus. Make sure to choose Library/International from the Group drop-down menu when you sign into the VPN. Learn more about the VPN.

(updated 7/24/2020)

Databases for Journalism and Communication Research

While the Databases listed above provide a good starting point, if your research involves other areas, perhaps Politics, Religion, Education, Environmental Science or any number of related fields, you will find the extensive list of all Lehigh Databases at our Database Finder page. You might also consider taking a look at the other Subject- focused Libguides.

 To get you started here are some suggested article databases in select disciplines:






Scholarly, Popular, Trade? Whats the difference?


Different types of publications have different purposes and different audiences. When we talk about journals, we can usually divide these publications into three broad categories: scholarly, popular, and trade publications.

  Scholarly Journals Popular Journals Trade Journals
Purpose Informs and reports on original research done by scholars and experts in the field. Entertains and informs a general audience without providing in-depth analysis. Reports on industry trends and new products or techniques useful to people in a trade or business.
Authors Articles are written by subject specialists and experts in the field. Articles are written by journalists, freelance writers, or an editorial staff. Articles are written by specialists in a certain field or industry.
Audience Intended for a limited audience - researchers, scholars, and experts. Intended for a broad segment of the population, appealing to non-specialists. Intended for practititioners in a particular profession, business, or industry.

Professional Journals