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Communication Resources: Background Info

Getting Started with Reference

Reference resources include encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases and handbooks. Entries in such sources tend to be rather short and they are meant to help you get started with research on a new topic.

General Reference Databases

Reference Books


The Advertising Age Encyclopedia of Advertising

CALL NUMBER:  Ref. HF5803 .A38 2003 vol. 1-3

Chronology of Communication in the United States

CALL NUMBER:  Ref. P92.U5 W75 2004

Encyclopedia of Communication and Information

CALL NUMBER:  Ref. P87.5 .E53 2002  vol. 1-3

Encyclopedia of Conflict Resolution

CALL NUMBER:  Ref. HM136 .B783 1997 

Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications

CALL NUMBER:  Ref. P87.5 .E535 2003 vol. 1-4

Encyclopedia of Rhetoric

CALL NUMBER:  Ref. PN172 .E52 2001

International encyclopedia of communication (2008)

International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences (2d ed., 2008)


International encyclopedia of the social sciences (1968)


Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: The Bestselling Guide to Doing Business in More Than 60 Countries

CALL NUMBER:  Ref. HF5389 .M67 2006

The Museum of Broadcast Communications Encyclopedia of Radio

CALL NUMBER:  Ref. TK6544 .M84 2004 vol. 1-3


Freedom of the Press Decisions of the United States Supreme Court

CALL NUMBER:  Ref. KF4774 .A52 F73 1996

Freedom of Speech Decisions of the United States Supreme Court

CALL NUMBER:  Ref. KF4772 .A7 F75 1996

Presidential Winners and Losers:  Words of Victory and Concession

CALL NUMBER:  Ref. E176.1 .V65 2002