Subject Guides

Organizing research in Communication: Definitions, Scope of project, Theory, Prior Research, Facts and Statistics, Discussion and Analysis:

Review Outline of Communication Studies -  See section on Fields of Communication

The International Encyclopedia of Communication

Comm 196 Capstone -- Library Session 20 Feb 2017


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

21st Century Communication: A Reference Handbook.

Interpersonal communication theories

Albert Search

Search Albert to find books, movies, etc..

Sage Communication encyclopedias On Communication and related fields and topics

Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents and the Media.

Gallup  - Gallup organization reports and analyses based on national and international polling data: browse Topics to find articles and reports.

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)


Discover articles and books from many of our databases.

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

The Congressional Research Service issues reports, mostly confidential or secret, at the request of members of Congress. Some of these are made available by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) and by the University of North Texas (UNT). In addition, Pennyhill Press indexes and sells CRS Reports. 

  Weekly reports on current affairs topics. Good source for summaries of controversial issues and directions for further research.

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 and reports on schools and the school environment, teaching / learning and related issues.

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.

Physical Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences, Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities: full text of articles from scholarly journals and indexing to books and reference works.

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

Use this authenticated link to Google Scholar to enable links to full text available to SMC users. 

Journals Finder

Some select Communication periodicals to browse:





If we don't have immediate access to an article you need, you can always request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) for electronic delievery in 3-4 business days.

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.


The accepted format for citing sources in the social sciences is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. For help citing sources use the Library's APA Format Guide

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