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COM303 - Communication Theory

Quick Definitions
Encyclopedia of Communication Theory--Los Angeles, Calif. : Sage, c2009.
 One of several Sage Encyclopedias on communication.
 
Be sure to check out the "Further Readings" at the end of encyclopedia entries to get list of some relevant books and journal articles on your topic!

Glossary of Theories--from Richard West and Lynn H. Turner's Introducing Communication Theory: Analysis and Application. McGraw-Hill, 2001.

Overview of Communication Theories--from the Communication Studies web site of the University of Twente, the Netherlands

What is empiricism?  (from Encyclopedia of Communication Theory)

Library Catalogs

OU Library Catalog--Includes books, government documents, music, DVDs, and journals (but does NOT index articles). You can find out if the library has or has access to a journal, but you cannot determine what journals have articles on a particular topic.

World Cat--union catalog of libraries worldwide

MelCat--union catalog of many Michigan libraries; 1st stop to interloan books

Subject headings

Communication [Note the many "narrower" terms--such as, Information Theory, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, etc.]

Boolean Keyword searching:

"communication theor?"

"expectancy violations"

and many more!

Find Articles

Communication & Mass Media Complete-- Indexes completely (i.e., all articles) in over 500 journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study, with another 200 journals indexed selectively.  Many articles are fulltext within the database with many other articles available full text via the get it linklinks!

Communication Studies: SAGE Full text
--entirely devoted to communication. However, there are only 21 journals indexed--all from one publisher, Sage. Click on "advanced search" tab and place a check in the box by "Communications" to search for articles. All of these journals are "academic."

JSTOR  -- Online collection of many scholarly journals from volume 1 until 2 to 5 years ago. Full text of articles is searchable! Problem: JSTOR does not use subject headings. If you get too many results searching your term/topic in "full-text" try restricting them to "article title." All of the journals included here are "academic."

PsycInfo--Obviously the focus here is on "psychology," but a lot of communication journals are also indexed here. If you are getting a lot of irrelevant "hits" when you search your topic, try adding "communication" as a "descriptor" to your search. Select your results from the "peer-reviewed journals" tab.

Sociological Abstracts--Here the focus is on "sociology," but a lot of communication journals are also indexed here. If you are getting a lot of irrelevant "hits" when you search your topic, try adding "communication" as a "descriptor" to your search. Select your results from the "peer-reviewed journals" tab.

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts--Here the focus is on "Linguisitics," but a lot of communication journals are also indexed here. If you are getting a lot of irrelevant "hits" when you search your topic, try adding "communication" as a "descriptor" to your search. Select your results from the "peer-reviewed journals" tab.

Academic OneFile--A general purpose database that indexes journals in most all disciplines--which makes it useful for such a multidisciplinary field as communication. Results first displayed are articles from "academic" journals.

Humanities Abstracts and Social Sciences Abstracts--Communication is sometimes considered a humanities subject and in other cases a social science so both of these databases can be useful. Most of the journals indexed are "academic." Most of the journals indexed in these resources are "academic." However, you may want to note the "peer-reviewed" label found in the full description of articles from "academic" journals.

Communication Theory--a particularly relevant journal title that can be searched on its web site.  It is also indexed in several of the sources above--including Social Sciences Abstracts, PsycInfo, and Sociological Abstracts.

For still other databases relevant to Communication, see the Databases by Subject listing for Communication.

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Anne Switzer
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Frequently Asked Questions about APA Style
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