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Communication Studies: Encyclopedias & Methods

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

Sample encyclopedia covers

Encyclopedias and dictionaries provide background information and can be used to identify key people, events and dates which can then be used as search terms for finding additional information. In addition most encyclopedia articles include short bibliographies that will lead you to related readings.

Communication-related encyclopedias

This is just a selection of some communication-related encyclopedias. For others, please see the Communication by Topic pages or use UW Libraries Search.


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Find answers to your research methods questions.  Search for the name of a method or use the Methods Map.  

Encyclopedia Collections

Because communication topics cross multiple disciplines it is often useful to search a collection of encyclopedias. The following collections include encyclopedias covering many different subjects. Search them to find an encyclopedia or other reference book related to your topic.