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Communications Reference Guide

LCC Browsing Areas:


·         P – Language and Literature

o   P - Philology and Linguistics

o   PN – Journalism

·          H – Social Sciences

o   HE – Transportation and Communications

o   HF – Commerce

o   HT – Communities, Classes, Races


OUC Reference Resources:


·         History of the Mass Media in the United States : An Encyclopedia - P92.U5 H57 1998x

·         Media and Politics in America: A Reference Handbook - P95.82.U6 S74 2003  Also available electronically through ALICE.

·         From Talking Drums to the Internet: An Encyclopedia of Communications Technology - P96.T42 G374 1997    Also available electronically through ALICE.

·         The Atlas of Languages : The Origin and Development of Languages Throughout the World - P106 .L67 1996  

·         The Firefly Five Language Visual Dictionary - P361 .C668 2004

·         The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language  2nd ed. - PE1072 .C68 2003


Electronic Resources (Search by title in ALICE):


·         Culture in the Communication Age, edited by James Lull

·         The Psychology of Tactical Communication, edited by Michael J. Cody and Margaret L. McLaughlin

·         Watershed Research Traditions in Human Communication Theory, edited by Donald P. Cushman and Branislav Kovacic

·         Intercultural Communication, by R.E. Young


OUC Print Journals:


·         Communication Education

·         College Composition and Communication

·         Daedalus

·         Communication Monographs

·         Communication Reports

·         English Journal

·         Human Communication Research

·         Journal of Applied Communication Research

·         Language Arts

·         Media and Methods

·         Quarterly Journal of Speech

·         Western Journal of Communication



Communications Databases:


  • Academic Search Complete  - “Indexes nearly 11,000 scholarly and other publications covering various academic areas of study.”   Good for basic research    Some full-text   
  • Communication & Mass Media Complete - “Article database that incorporates the contents of CommSearch and Mass Media Articles Index along with numerous other journals on the fields of communication and mass media.”   Some full-text 
  • ERIC -  “ Indexes approximately 900 journals and the ERIC document collection; covers the field of education and related fields such as communications.”  Some full-text    
  • LexisNexis Academic - Full-text   “Huge collection of full-text databases covering news, business, legal research, and biographical information.”   
  • Journalism and Mass Communication Abstracts – “Indexes dissertations and theses accepted for graduate degrees (1996 to the present)” in the areas of communications and journalism. 
  • Newspaper Source – “Provides selected full text coverage for 238 sources, including 175 regional U.S. newspapers, 20 international newspapers, 15 newswires and newspaper columns, as well as 24 TV and radio news transcripts.”


Communications Websites:


  • Ohio University Communication Blog - http://www.library.ohiou.edu/subjects/commblog/ - The CommBlog provides research tips, announcements, communications news, course and library resources and other information for OU communications students.
  • The American Communication Association - http://www.americancomm.org/ - Membership is free.  Provides access to articles from the American Communication Journal.  Communication discussion forums and blogs are also available
  • Scholarly Societies Project - http://www.scholarly-societies.org/communmedia_soc.html - Provides a list of associations and organizations related to communications and media studies.
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) -  http://www.fcc.gov/ - “The official website of the federal government agency mandated with oversight and regulation of the United States' telecommunication industry. Includes links to bureaus and offices, information on the Freedom of Information Act, the Commission Registration System (CORES), and press releases from the Commission.”
  • Communications Studies Resources - http://www.uiowa.edu/~commstud/resources/ - Communications resources from the University of Iowa: Department of Communications Studies. Information is categorized by specialized areas of communications.
  • EBSS: Library Resources for Communications Studies – http://www.lib.washington.edu/subject/communications/lrcs/ - This website provides “resource lists, links and pathfinders for librarians, students and researchers in the area of communication studies.”
  • Intute: Arts and Humanities - http://www.intute.ac.uk/artsandhumanities/communications/ - Offers websites and resources related to the arts and humanities, as well as communication journal articles.
  • The Internet Public Library - http://www.ipl.org/div/subject/browse/sci07.00.00/ - A collection of some of the best communication Internet resources.