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Library Research Guides

Communication Studies

Resources related to mass media and communication, including health communication, political communication, gender and race, global and new media, media policy, social media, journalism, and print and broadcast history, among other topics.

Searching the library catalog

Use Library Catalog Search to find books on your topic. Books explore a subject in depth, and contain valuable citations in their reference lists. You can also find journal titles, newspaper titles, some popular magazines, DVDs, videos, audio CDs and other formats using Catalog Search. Items from the Askwith Media Library are searchable in the catalog.

Some suggested keywords related to communication studies to try in the library catalog:

  • mass media
  • local mass media
  • Communication -- social aspects
  • social history
  • new media
  • social media
  • journalism
  • reporters
  • reporting
  • press
  • newspapers
  • radio
  • broadcast
  • television


When looking for primary sources, suggested keywords to add to your search:

  • "personal narratives"
  • diary OR diaries
  • letter OR letters
  • correspondence