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Research Guides

Critical Information Policy Studies

This overview to key topics & resources for the CIPS concentration in the Master of Information program at the iSchool, University of Toronto gives an introduction to this area, and may be helpful for those who are considering studies in this field.


This is just a selection of some journals that cover CIPS topics.  Use the search tips on this page to find others. Also search in open access repositories listed in the ORGANIZATIONS & OTHER WEB RESOURCES section of this guide.

Open access journals

Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media & Technology
Code{4}Lib Journal
Big Data & Society
D-Lib Magazine
Digital Studies
First Monday
Information Research
International Journal of Communication
Internet Policy Review: Journal of Internet Regulation
Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies
Journal of Information Literacy
Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Law (JIPITEC)

Journal of Media Literacy Education
The Journal of Social Media in Society
The Political Economy of Communication
Scholarly and Research Communication
Social Media & Society
Surveillance & Society 

Licensed journals* subscribed to by University of Toronto Libraries

Canadian Journal of Communication
Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies
Critical Studies in Media Communication
Feminist Media Studies
Global Media and Communication
Government Information Quarterly
History and Technology
Information, Communication and Society
The Information Society
Journal of Communication
Journal of Communication Inquiry
Journal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST)
Media, Culture and Society
Mobile Media and Communication
New Media & Society
Policy & Internet
Technology and Culture
Television & New Media
*These links are to the catalogue records for the online versions of the journals.  Journals may also be available in paper.  Check the library catalogue. 

Finding other journals in a field

  1. Do topic searches in database(s) that cover your area of interest.
    Look at your search results to see which journals the articles on your topic are coming from.
    The more you search on your topic, the more you will become knowledgeable about journals that cover that topic.
  2. Use Ulrichsweb (huge directory of periodicals world-wide) to find out what journals exist in a subject area



Finding a specific journal in the catalogue

Type the title in quotation marks and chose JOURNAL TITLE as the search mode.





Is this journal peer-reviewed?

Use Ulrichsweb to see if a journal is peer-reviewed.
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