Subject Guides

Scoping Topics for Research in Communication

Review Outline of Communication Studies - for browsing topics and approaches. See section on Fields of Communication

Basic surveys of information on topical social questions


Communication Theories

Encyclopedia of Communication Theory. Los Angeles: Sage Publications, c2009. 2 volumes (online and also in Reference Room: 302.203 L732)

Interpersonal communication theories

Books and Reference Sources

Books and videos, including ebooks

Sage Communication encyclopedias On Communication and related fields and topics

21st Century Communication: A Reference Handbook.

Encyclopedia of Communication and Information

 Encyclopedia of Social Theory

Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents and the Media.

International Handbook of Children, Media and Culture. Sage Publications: Los Angeles, 2008. (Reference Room: 302.23 D838)

Intercultural Communication.  Los Angeles: Sage, 2010. 4 volumes (Reference Room: 303.482 C120)

The Sage Handbook of Intercultural Competence. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, c2009 (Reference Room: 303.482 D347).

The Sage Handbook of Media Processes and Effects. Los Angeles: SAGE, c2009. (Reference Room: 302.23 N112).

The Sage Handbook of Media Studies. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, c2004. (Reference 302.23 D759h)

Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications.
 4 vols. San Diego: Academic, 2003. (Reference Room 302.23 J6422)

International Encyclopedia of Communication. Malden, Mass: Wiley/Blackwell, 2008.

International Encyclopedia of Communications.  4 vols. New York: Oxford, 1989.  (Reference Room 302 B266)

Journal Articles

Business research database with articles on marketing, branding, companies and management.

Articles specifically about Communication research and scholarship. Fewer articles, but more that are likely to be relevant for Communication studies.

Articles in many topics/fields: a good source for Communication studies. Includes many scholarly journals among the millions of articles.

Articles in many topics/fields, including Communication studies.

 Articles on research in education. Includes research on child development, management of schools, etc.

Newspapers, wire services, and legal articles and documents (e.g. court cases). Good for politics and current events and journalism sources.

Public Affairs Information Service: articles about politics, including government documents. Good source for public policy issues and controversies.

Psychology articles including clinical studies and research.  Good source for quantitative research studies.

Articles from scholarly journals published by Sage: emphasis on social issues and questions ranging from business to anthropology and sociology. Includes Communication journals.

Articles in Sociology and related fields including Communication. Primarily scholarly.
Scholarly Associations

American Communication Association - The national professional organization of scholars, students, and practitioners in the field of communication.

American Society of Newspaper Editors - Read the latest issue of the journal The American Editor, research recent topics, and other editorial and journalistic Web links.

International Communication Association

The purposes of the Association are (1) to provide an international forum to enable the development, conduct, and critical evaluation of communication research; (2) to sustain a program of high quality scholarly publication and knowledge exchange; (3) to facilitate inclusiveness and debate among scholars from diverse national and cultural backgrounds and from multi-disciplinary perspectives on communication-related issues; and (4) to promote a wider public interest in, and visibility of, the theories, methods, findings and applications generated by research in communication and allied fields.

National Communication Association

the largest national organization dedicated to communication

Society for Cinema & Media Studies

Devoted to the Scholarly Study of Film, Television, Video & New Media

Society of Professional Journalists - Includes sources pertaining to current controversies over journalism codes of ethics.

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