When searching for literature relevant to your topic, using one search engine is never enough. This is specifically true for Media Studies:
Add to these a choice of discipline specific search engines, relevant to your topic. These search engines are typically referred to as bibliographies. You can choose from disciplines like
Another good way to find articles is by following the literature references and citations from and to earlier found articles.
In the special LibGuide Searching for articles you will find all possibilities and impossibilities listed.
Scopus is a large search engine containing some 50 million scientific journal articles and conference proceedings. Its most important features are:
Scopus has an excellent coverage for the medical and natural sciences, technics and geosciences. Also the social sciences are well represented. Humanities is less well covered, but we are still talking about millons of articles, absolutely speaking.
Scopus offers very good options to follow the network of citations between articles.
In the special LibGuide Scopus you will find detailed information about all the possiblilites and bonuses of Scopus.
Web of Science is a search engine for scientific and scholarly literature in all subject areas.
For many articles, it contains the references given by the author, as well as the citations of that particular article by other authors. That way you can easily find related articles and you can also recover the impact of a major article.
The special Web of Science LibGuide (in Dutch) gives the details of the many search possibilities and extras of Web of Science.
Google Scholar is a large search engine for scholarly publications. It searches primarily journal articles and, contrary to almost all other search engines, searches the full text. From Google Books the data of a large number of scientific books are included in Google Scholar. Also in this respect Google Scholar differs from classical scientific search engines such as Scopus or Web of Science.
Google Scholar's special features listed:
In the special Google Scholar LibGuide you will find all you want to know about successfully using this remarkable search engine
In your search for scholarly literature you may sometimes find the UBU-link. This link provides information about the availability of the publication via the University Library, in digital as well as in paper format.
UBUlink, quickly to the publication
In the case of digital publications the UBU-link provides direct access. For print publications the UBU-link gives information about availability at Utrecht University Library. Sometimes the UBU-link is in the form of a red button, but it can also be a text link.