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Communication Studies

Sources for research in Communication Studies (general communication, journalism, and public relations)

Before you Start Searching

Remember, before you start searching, spend some time figuring out your topic. Most searches fail because we haven't narrowed our topic enough to get specific search terms. 

If you aren't sure what topic you want to use, look through your textbook, course notes, talk to your professor, or do a quick general browser search. Just remember to start using library resources when you know what you want to do. 

If you are not sure how to narrow your topic, watch this tutorial: Defining your topic

Background Research

Theories & Research Methods

Use background research to help you decide on a topic and develop your keywords for searching

General Information - Reference Books

On Reserve (Go to the front desk)

  • Communication Research Measures: P 91.3 .c62 2009
  • Communication Research Measures II: P 91.3 .C623 2009
  • Measures for Clinical Practice and Research (4th Ed, Vol. 1 &2): BF 176 .C66 2007

Research Sites

How to Access the New York Times

Many of your classes will ask you to utilize New York Times for various assignments. Here is how you do it:

You need to create an FHSU Account with NYT:

God to NYT Edupass . You must use your FHSU e-mail address to create an account.
***Accounts are active for 364 days. If your account has expired use the same NYT Edupass link and log-in at that page to reactivate your account.***

Once you have an account, use this link:


Collections of scholarly articles (original, published research by experts)


Journals are vetted, peer reviewed collections of scholarly articles centered around a theme. Rule of thumb: if you find an article related to your topic in a journal volume, there is a decent chance other articles in the same volume will be useful. 


In the Library

  • Advertising Age: HF 5801 .A276
  • Argumentation and Advocacy: PN 4171 .A45
  • Communication Education: PN 4071 .S74
  • Journal of Nonverbal Behavior: BF 533 .E55
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Process: BF 636 .A1 O7
  • Communication Monographs: 808.505 S742
  • Communication Research: 001.51072 C734
  • Communication Studies: PN 4001 .C45
  • Film Comment: 791.4305 F487
  • Film Quarterly: 791.4305 F4879q
  • Journal of Educational Public Relations: 370.193 J86
  • Journal of Intergroup Relations: 305 J86in
  • Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly: PN 4700 .J7
  • Language and Communication: P 87 .L36
  • Public Relations Review: MF 659.205 P9761  
  • Southern Communication Journal: 808.5 S727
  • Television Quarterly: 791.4505 T269q
  • Western Journal of Communication: 001.54205 W527

Finding Communication Studies Books in the Library

If you would like to browse for books, look in these areas in the General Collection on the 2nd floor, or the Reference Collection on the Main floor:

General Communication:               P87-P89

Business Communication:              HF5718-5735


Journalism:                                    PN4699-5650

Mass Media:                                   P90                                                                      

Nonverbal Communication:           BF637                                       

Public Relations/Advertising:         HF5801-6182

Small Group Communication:       HM133