This page is designed to guide you through researching Communication Studies topics. Take some time to read the text in each box and click on the links to library resources.
Please ask a librarian if you need help!
General advice for research in Communication Studies
Before you begin searching for books or journal articles on your topic, you might need to narrow your topic by considering these questions:
Why is it important to narrow my topic?
If you can answer the above questions, then you will have the keyword, concepts, or terms which you will use to search the databases. Because there are hundreds of thousands of articles on nearly every topic, you need to be specific in your searches so that you are not bombarded with too many results.
You can use the "Search Strategy Builder" tool down the page to create a search phrase that you can copy and paste into library databases!
The Campus Library has many Communication Studies encylopedias available online. The links below will take you to their catalog records. From there, click on "Online Access" and then the link that appears next to "Content Available," as shown in the image to the right.
Click on the links below to generate lists of Campus Library books about Communication Studies topics.
The Campus Library arranges books by Library of Congress (LC) call numbers. The major sections for books about Communication Studies are listed below. You can find these call numbers in the main stacks on the 3rd floor.
|HD30.3||Communication in Management and Industry|
|P87-P96||Communication, Mass Media|
|P301-P301.5||Rhetoric in Persuasion, Debate|
The Search Strategy Builder is a tool designed to teach you how to create a search string using Boolean logic. While it is not a database and is not designed to input a search, you should be able to cut and paste the results into most databases’ search boxes.
Now copy and paste the above Search Strategy into a database search box.
Use the link below to search thousands of Communication journals at once.
What should you do if you find an interesting article in a database but no link to the full text? Click on the purple "Check for full text" button – this button will attempt to connect you to the full text article if it is owned by the UW.