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Welcome to the Communication Studies Research Guide!

Here you will find a variety of resources related to communication studies.

Need more help? Feel free to visit or contact the Huntington Univeristy library.

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The academic subject specific encyclopedias listed here are excellent tools to help define terms and concepts in communication studies.  They will offer you short introductions to key topics, concepts, methods and areas of study in the discipline.  Entries will often include a bibliography so you can learn about key authors and articles and books on the topic.

Electronic Encyclopdias:

Encyclopedia of Communication Theory

Sage Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods

Encyclopedia of Political Communication

Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media

Encyclopedia of Journalism

Encyclopedia of Public Relations

Encyclopedia of Racism in American Films

Encyclopedia of Multimedia


If you are on campus, walk into the Huntington University Library to find the following:

Encyclopedia of Communication Theory (In Print: HUNT. P87.5 E496 2009)

International Encyclopedia of Communication (In Print: HUNT. P87.5 I58 2008)





Handbooks provide introductory articles and chapters on sub-topics in a discipline.  They provide overviews of the research that has been done in a given area.

Electronic Handbooks:

21st Century Communication: A Reference Handbook

Communication Yearbook

The Handbook of Communication Science

Sage Handbook of Social Media

Engaging Theories in Interpersonal Communication: Multiple Perspectives

Handbook of Public Sector Communication

International Handbook of Semiotics


If you are on campus, walk into the Huntington University Library to find the following:

The Routledge Handbook of Emotions and Mass Media  (In Print: HUNT. BF531 H36 2011)

The Sage Handbook of Oraganizational Communication (In Print: HUNT. HD30.3 H3575 2014)

Routledge Hanbook for Sport and New Media (In Print: HUNT. GV742 R68 2014)





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Communication Studies - Core Research Database

Communication Studies - Subject Databases

  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index ?

    Description: Fully indexes over 1,700 arts and humanities journals, as well as selected items over 250 scientific and social sciences journals — from 1975 to present. Covering subjects that include archaeology, art, architecture, asian studies, classics, dance, folklore, history, language, linguistics, literary reviews, literature, music, philosophy, poetry, radio, television, & film, religion and theatre.

  • Film Literature Index ?

    Description: Database devoted to the literature of film, television and video productions. The FLI Online contains approximately 700,000 citations to articles, film reviews and book reviews published between 1976-2001.

Communication Studies - News and Current Affairs Databases

  • Canadian Business & Current Affairs™ (CBCA) Complete ?

    Description: More than 4.5 million records from 1,730 titles covering current events, business, education, science, the arts, and academic information as produced in Canada. The database also includes a few Canadian legal journals that are in neither Hein Online nor Lexis-Nexis, also full-text.

  • Globe & Mail (Historical) ?

    Description: Canada's national newspaper. Articles and full page reproductions of the complete newspaper from 1844 to 2012.

  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Globe and Mail (1844-2010) ?

    Description: This historical Canadian newspaper provides students with online first-hand accounts and coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.

Communication Studies - Legal Databases

  • Nexis Uni ?

    Description: Nexis Uni is a rich source of news, business and legal information.

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Searching the Catalogue

The catalogue is your primary tool for finding books in the J.N. Desmarais Library and other campus libraries.           


You can also use the catalogue to find other materials, including government publications and journals (the journals themselves--not individual articles).

You can search the catalogue by:

  • Keyword                                                                       
  • Title
  • Author
  • Subject
  • Journal Title

When you know the book you are searching for, pick Title or Author; when you are searching for a topic, start with Keyword unless you know the exact Subject heading describing your topic.

More on searching the Catalogue is available in Module 5 of the Research Skills Tutorial in D2L.


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