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Communication Studies

Introduction to finding books, articles, and other information in the field of Communication.


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Hannah Menendez
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Online Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, & Other Reference Books

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries provide an excellent starting point for research, including both definitions and brief overviews.  You can find these types of resources by adding encyclopedias or dictionaries after your subject term when you search the Library catalog.

Dictionary of marketing communications
HF5412 .G68 2004 - Reference

Dictionary of media and communication studies
P87.5 .W38 2003 - Reference

Encyclopedia of new media : an essential reference to communication and technology
QA76.575 .E5368 2003 - Reference

International encyclopedia of communication
P87.5 .I58 2008 (12 volume set) - Reference

World press encyclopedia : a survey of press systems worldwide
PN4728 .Q53 2003 (2 volume set) - Reference

Other Key Research Sources

Black pioneers in communication research
P91.5 .U5 J33 2006 - Main

Family communication sourcebook
HQ536 .F3645 2006 - Main

Statistical methods for communication science
P93.7 .H39 2005 - Main  (also CD-ROM at Library Service Desk 2nd Floor)


Bacon's magazine directory : directory of magazines, newsletters
Z286 .P4 B33 2008 - Reference

Bacon's newspaper directory : directory of daily and weekly newspapers news services syndicates
Z286 .N48 B33 2008 - Reference

Bacon's radio directory : directory of radio stations programming contacts
HE8664 .B33 2007 - Reference

Bacon's TV/cable directory : directory of TV/cable stations programming contacts
HE8700.8 .B33 2007 - Reference

Broadcasting & cable yearbook
TK6540 .B863  2009 - Library Service Desk

Editor & publisher international year book
PN4700 .E42 2008 (3 volume set) - Reference

International directory of little magazines & small presses
PN161 .I57 2008-09 - Reference

Guides & Handbooks

Guides, handbooks, and manuals are simple yet comprehensive sources of information on a topic within a discipline.  You can find these types of resources by adding handbooks or manuals after your subject term when you search the Library catalog. (The official subheading is “Handbooks, manuals, etc.”)

American ways : a guide for foreigners in the United States
E158 .A46 2003 EB - Electronic Book

Assessing media education : a resource handbook for educators and administrators
P91.3 .A853 2006 - Main

Cambridge handbook of personal relationships
HM1106 .C36 2006 - Main

Companion to Greek rhetoric
PA3265 .C66 2007 - Main

Handbook of research on educational communications and technology  3rd ed.
LB1028.3 .H355 2008 - Reference

Handbook of sports and media
GV742 .H35 2006 - Reference

How to say the right thing every time: communicating well with students, staff, parents and the public
LB1033.5 .R36 2009 - Main

Managing television news: a handbook for ethical and effective producing
PN4784 .T4 S54 2007 - Main

Oxford handbook of film and media studies
PN1994 .O93 2008 - Main

When words collide: a media writer's guide to grammar and style
PE1112 .K435 2008 - Reference

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Subject Headings / Browse Collection

These subject headings can be used when searching the Library catalog to find books about some frequently studied communication topics.

The numbers in brackets are call number ranges, which indicate the general areas in the library where books on these subjects are shelved.

Communication Studies


Communication in education

Communication in organizations

Communication in personnel management

Communication in the family
[HQ518; BF637.C4]

Debates and debating

Intercultural communication
[HM1211—Social psychology]

Interpersonal communication
[BF637.C45;  HM1166]

Nonverbal communication

Oral communication

Oral interpretation


Public speaking

[P301; PN171.4--PN229; PE1402--PE1497]

Rhetoric, Ancient

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