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Recommended information resources covering the field of communication studies, including mass media, journalism, and topics such as nonverbal, interpersonal, and organizational communication.

Where to Start Your Communication Research...

Welcome to the Communication Research Guide!
This guide to research in communication is organized into five main categories:

  1. Find Articles
    • Look for scholarly and peer-reviewed articles in the communication discipline, find literature reviews on a communication topic, or search for empirical studies (either qualitative or quantitative; visit this web chart to see the differences between the two methodologies).
    • Search for communication articles from popular press, trade magazines, and newspapers.
  2. Find Books and Media
    • Search for books, DVDs, CDs, digital files, and more using our library catalog.
    • Find materials from libraries all over the world.
    • Search Google Books for full-text materials online.
    • Tell us what books we are missing in the field of communication... What topics do we need to cover and don't have on the shelf?
  3. Find Web Sites
    • Use this page to help you get started on the web.
  4. Find Primary Sources
    • Resources such as archival and manuscript collections, libraries, and other resources that can help you start the process.
    • Examples of primary sources include manuscripts, diaries, letters, first-hand accounts, or documentary sources on a subject, person, event, or issue. 
    • Empirical studies are research in which an experiment was done or a direct observation was made.
    • Products of the mass media can also be primary source documents if they were produced at the time of the events or phenomena in question. Examples are newspaper and magazine articles, published photographs, recordings of television and radio broadcasts, sheet music and music recorded for mass distribution, advertisements, books, and magazines. When using ads as primary sources, remember they were created to promote a product or service, and don't necessarily reflect reality.
  5. Find Statistics and Data
    • Search for resources such as public opinion polls, other polling data, and market research studies.
    • Look for surveys, questionnaires, and other research data.
    • Use statistical abstracts, handbooks, and data sources.


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