Welcome to ComUpdate!
The communication field's core academic literature grows by
thousands of new articles and books each year. It is critical for
communication professionals and students to keep abreast of new
developments. In times past, faculty and students might visit their
university library's current periodicals room several times a year and
examine the tables of contents of all newly displayed journal issues. But
the number of journals published within the field's core literature is
now so large that it is not only impossible for any one library to
subscribe to it all but, moreover, it is impossible to scan and filter
such an immense literature manually. The ComUpdate system helps solve
- Every article and book record that is added to CIOS databases is
classified by staff using a controlled dictionary of classification
terms (metaterms) developed through statistical study of the
communication field's core literature. Examples of these terms include:
interpersonal, presidential figures, computer, health, organizational,
political elections, classical rhetoric, print journalism, China and
others. New article and book records are continually classified and
added to CIOS databases throughout the year.
- The ComUpdate system allows you to select up to two
classification terms (metaterms) and specify the time range of the
search (only articles from the most recently added issue of each
journal, the most recently added volume, articles added this calendar
year, etc.) The search result displays in short summary form all the
newly added records that have been classified using the terms you
select. The journal name, article title and authors, and the first
sentence of the article abstract are displayed in a condensed newspaper
format permitting a compact presentation that can be quickly scanned.
When you see an article of interest, click the title to view the full
record. If you are accessing CIOS databases from a CIOS subscriber
institution that has registered its openURL server, you'll be able to
click through to full text through library holdings or interlibrary
loan. Repeat this quick process twice a year to stay abreast of your
areas of interest.
- For those who have personal memberships in the CIOS (click here for information),
an additional and very powerful feature is available. ComUpdate will
remember when you last used it and optionally restrict its search result
to only materials added since your last search. In this way you will
never be presented with an article to review that you have already seen.