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 Ulitmate

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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