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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)