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Communication Studies: Books & eBooks

This subject guide is a starting point for communication-related research, including mass media, speech communication, and more.

Selected Faculty eBooks

On the Frontier of Science An American Rhetoric of Exploration and Exploitation
Postracial Resistance: Black Women, Media, and the Uses of Strategic Ambiguity
Undercover Asian: Multiracial Asian Americans in Visual Culture
Things Worth Keeping: The Value of Attachment in a Disposable World
NGOs as Newsmakers: The Changing Landscape of International News
Collaborating against Human Trafficking : Cross-Sector Challenges and Practices
Chronicling Trauma: Journalists and Writers on Violence and Loss
Sourcebook of Nonverbal Measures: Going Beyond Words
God Willing? Political Fundamentalism in the White House, the
Racial Ecologies
With Malice Toward All? : The Media and Public Confidence in Democratic Institutions
Communicating the Future : Solutions for Environment, Economy and Democracy
Transcending Blackness: From the New Millennium Mulatta to the Exceptional Multiracial
Global Asian American Popular Cultures
Rethinking Media Research for Changing Societies
From Yahweh to Yahoo!: The Religious Roots of the Secular Press
Shaping Science with Rhetoric : The Cases of Dobzhansky, Schrodinger, and Wilson
Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society
Vigilante Newspapers: A Tale of Sex, Religion, and Murder in the Northwest
OurSpace : Resisting the Corporate Control of Culture
Web Campaigning
Historical Dictionary of African American Television

Using UW Libraries Search to Find Books

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Using UW Libraries Search to Find Books

Find eBooks

You can find eBooks in two ways:

  • Do your search and then on the results screen, filter your results by using the toolbar:
    • Choose Availability: "Available Online" and Resource Type: "eBooks"
    • And then click on the green "Apply Filters" button
  • Use the Advanced Search option
    • Change "Show Only" to "UW Libraries" and "Material Type" to "eBooks"
  • See the eBook FAQ for more information

Search Tips


  • By Topic - Type in the keywords that broadly describe your topic. For example: social media poltics
  • By Title - search for a specific book by title. Type in the first few words of the book title in quotations. For example: "things worth keeping"
  • By Author - search for books written by a specific author. Type in the last name followed by the first name of the author in quotations. For example: "foot kirsten"

Selected Books from UW Faculty

Books in the UW Libraries

The UW Libraries arranges books by Library of Congress call numbers. Communication is covered in many academic disciplines (e.g., geography, history, medicine, political science, psychology, and sociology).  You will find books related to communication topics throughout the UW Libraries.

Need a book?

If you would like to suggest that the library purchase a communication-related book, please email Jessica.  Provide as much of the following information as possible: author, title, publisher, year, or link to web page about the book.

E-Book Collections

Use the "Material Type" option in UW Libraries Search to limit your search results to eBooks. Additional collections of eBooks can be found on eBook Collections guide.