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LIBRARY GUIDE TO COM 3000 - Communication Theory

Quick Definitions
Encyclopedia of Communication Theory - Stephen Littlejohn and Karen Foss (eds.) Sage Publishers, 2009.

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

Overview of Communication Theories- Communication Studies, University of Twente, the Netherlands

What is empiricism?  (from Encyclopedia of Communication Theory)

Neat ebooks
Human and Mediated Communication around the World, Springer International Publishing, 2014.

Ascent of media : from Gilgamesh to Google via GutenbergParry, Roger. Nicholas Brealey Pub., 2011.

Avatars of the Word: From Papyrus to CyberspaceO'Donnell, James Joseph. Harvard University Press, 2000.

Encyclopedia of International Media and CommunicationsJohnston, Donald H., Academic Press [Imprint], 2003.

Exploring communication ethics : interviews with influential scholars in the fieldArneson, Pat. P. Lang, 2007.
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Communication & Mass Media Complete  The best place to start your search for articles on communication theory. Access full-text articles with the Get It! link.

JSTOR  -- Need full-text scholarly articles? Try JSTOR! Use quotation marks for effective searching: "Communication Accommodation Theory".

PsycInfo - A great tool for finding scholarly articles in communication. 

Sociological Abstracts -- Another good resource to use for scholarly articles.

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts -- The focus here is on linguisitics but a lot of communication journals are also indexed here as well. 

Browse this key journal:

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, see the Databases by Subject listing for Communication.

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Use Library OneSearch to see if we have access to the article. Type part of the article title in the search box, for example, type "when I call you up and you're". then click Available Online to see the article.
  • Buzzanell, P.M., Burrell, N. A. et al. (1996). 'When I call you up and you're not there: Application of communication accommodation theory to telephone answering machine messages". Western Journal of Communication, 60(4), 310-336.
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APA Style
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition  (Ref. BF76.7. P83 2010)--one copy at the Circulation Desk, one copy at the Reference Desk, one copy in the Reference stacks.

APA Style--from the Purdue Online Writing Lab

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Library OneSearch - What books, ebooks, DVDs, journal titles and government documents does the library have? The Library OneSearch has that information.

Browse eBooks - Explore the library's e-book collection in the field of communication and journalism.

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