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ENG 111: Social Media Impact

Use this guide to find outside sources for research assignments dealing with social media (or other tech) and its impact on society.

Social Media Impact

Use the resources below to begin your research. Make sure that you pay attention to the search tips and examples listed on this page. They will help make your research more successful. If you are having trouble finding sources for your assignment, ask a librarian for help.

Research Starters

Library Databases with Information about Social Media

Use the search examples listed under each database link if you need help getting started. 

Start by clicking one of the database links below. If you are off campus, you will be prompted to enter your myPittCC username and password in order to search the database. The database should open in a new tab or window.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context results page

  1. Type a keyword or phrase into the search box.
  2. Click the search button.
  3. Read the overview article (optional).
  4. Under the section titled, On This Page, click to view different types of resources with information about social media.

More Databases

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Summon Search

Search Options | Summon Help

Search Tips!

Do not use complete sentences. Break your topic down and only enter the important keywords. 

Here are some examples of what you can type into the search box:

  • social media AND communication
  • social media AND impact AND culture
  • (texting or "text messaging") AND relationships
  • mobile communication AND social aspects
  • smartphones AND relationships AND socializing
  • "social media" AND impact AND "interpersonal communication"

Too many results?

Once you have a list of results in Summon, use the search filters to refine your search results:

  • Publication Date: We suggest limiting to the last 5 years.
  • Content Type: Choose to view only articles from journals or magazines.

Online Access

Paw: Indicates that a password is needed to access the resource from off campus.The username and password to access databases is the same as what you use to log in to myPittCC and Moodle. The username is your entire myPittCC email address ( 

Community logins are available to Pitt County residents with PCC library cards and others who are enrolled in or are affiliated with PCC programs and continuing education courses. Scroll down and look for the "Community Login" section.