Research Guide: Communication

Background Information

More books about topics in communication can be found using the Library's catalog.

  • Dictionary of Communication and Media Studies
  • REF P 87.5 W 38 1997
  • Dictionary of Media and Communication
  • Online Only
  • Encyclopedia of Communication and Information
  • REF P 87.5 E 53 2001
  • Encyclopedia of New Media
  • REF QA 76.575 E 5368 2003
  • Encyclopedia of Political Communication
  • REF JA 85. E 64 2008
  • Encyclopedia of Rhetoric
  • REF PN 172. E 52 2001
  • Encyclopedic Dictionary of Semiotics, Media, and Communications
  • REF P 87.5 D 36 2008
  • From Talking Drums to the Internet: An Encyclopedia of Communications Technology
  • REF P 96. T 42 G 374 1997
  • History of the Mass Media in the United States: An Encyclopedia
  • REF P 92. U 5 H 55 1998

Journal Articles

Academic Search Premier

Academic Search Premier is an excellent place to start any research project. It is a general database that covers thousands of journals from the mid-1970s to the present. It includes popular and scholarly articles.


ComAbstracts is a core communications database and can be used to search hundreds of communications and media studies journals.

Communication & Mass Media Complete

Communication & Mass Media Complete can find you a wealth of information on any communication and mass media topic, including journalism, interpersonal communication, public relations and crisis management, and more.

CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher is another excellent place to start research projects. It contains reports written by scholars on a wide variety of topics, particularly controversial topics and/or topics with a political dimension.

Westlaw Campus Research

Westlaw Campus Research can be used to locate millions of newspaper articles, as wells as legal and business news.

Web Resources

Institute for Public Relations

The Institute for Publications is a non-profit research organization that studies publications and the media. Their site publishes their research and lecture series on the media and PR.

Rutgers University Libraries: Communication, Journalism and Media Studies Resources: Internet Resources

This excellent list of journalism, media studies, and communication resources contains links to broadcasters, professional organizations, research think tanks and more.

Silva Rhetoricae

This "forest of rhetoric" is an excellent online dictionary of rhetorical and speech terms. In addition to defining terms, this site provides examples of different rhetorical techniques in action.

Voice of the Shuttle: Media Studies

This online directory contains links to high-quality sources of information on media studies, mass media, media theory, and much more.

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