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Communication Studies

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SAGE Reference Online
Provides access to 90 full-text specialized encyclopedias that offer excellent background information on a topic.
  • 21st Century Communication: A Reference Handbook
    A comprehensive overview of communication theory, offering current descriptions of theories as well as the background issues and concepts that comprise these theories.
  • Cambridge Handbook of Personal Relationships
    Addresses a broad range of topics including theoretical and methodological issues that influence the study of personal relationships; individual differences and their influences on relationships; relationship processes such as cognition, emotion, and communication; environmental influences on personal relationships; and maintenance and repair of relationships.
  • Encyclopedia of Communication Theory
    A comprehensive overview of communication theory, offering current descriptions of theories as well as the background issues and concepts that comprise these theories.
  • Encyclopedia of Group Processes & Intergroup Relations
    Covers concepts ranging from conformity to diversity and from small group interaction to intergroup relations on a global scale.
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Communication & Mass Media Complete
The main database for Communication Studies and Mass Communications. Searches over 600 journal titles that support research in communication, mass media, linguistics, language learning and related fields of study.

The most comprehensive database for the discipline of Communications. Provides 26,000 abstracts of articles drawn from the professional literature on Communications. 

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Locate Important Speeches
American Rhetoric
Gateway to famous and important speeches, including fully transcribed texts and often times streaming audio, as well as useful resources on rhetoric.

Great American Speeches: 80 Years of Political Oratory Series
Key speeches by the most eloquent orators of the 20th century.

Ripples of Hope: Great American Civil Rights Speeches
Includes essential speeches from Civil Rights leaders as diverse as Cesar Chavez, Harvey Milk, Betty Friedan, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Speech Index : An Index to 259 Collections of World Famous Orations and Speeches for Various Occasions
AI3.S85 (2nd floor)
A print index to speeches included in more than 250 anthologies.

Vital Speeches of the Day
Offers students of public speaking examples of effective speeches by those who have attained leadership in the fields of business, politics, education, government, and more.

Voices of Multicultural America: Notable Speeches Delivered By African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native Americans, 1790-1995
REF E184.A1 V64 1996x (1st floor)
Full reproductions of notable speeches by diverse speakers. 
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Typically, researchers in Communication Studies use APA or MLA citation styles to format their papers and reference lists.

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Communication Books in the Library
Books and More (Library Catalog)
Search for books, ebooks, video, government publications, recordings, music scores, and other materials available through the library.  


Books on Communication Studies have call numbers beginning with P87 - P96 and P99 and are located on the basement level

P94.7=Interpersonal communication
P95-P95.6=Oral communication
P99.5-P99.6=Nonverbal communication
Search for Films and Video
Search for Videos in the Library
Search for DVDs and videos in LibSearch or browse titles on the first floor in the library. All videos can be borrowed at the Circulation Desk.

Films on Demand: Communication Restricted Resource Resource contains video
Streaming video on topics in interpersonal and group communication, principles of human communication, mass communications, and more.

Kanopy: Media & Communications
Find online videos that encourage critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media, with a special focus on representations of gender and race. 

Communication TEDx Talks Unrestricted Resource Resource contains video
TEDx talks given by Communication scholars from across the nation and around the world.
Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals
From Vanderbilt University's Peabody Library
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