COMM 322 - Mass Communication and Society: Background Information
What kinds of resources give you an overview on a topic? Encylcopedias, bibliographies and dictionaries are a great way to start, are available online, and are searchable:
- Oxford Bibliographies: Think of this resource as a kind of one-stop shopping site for communication and other social science topics. Includes overviews, histories, identifies and explains major concepts. It also suggests books and articles for more information.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Communication: Jointly published with the International Communication Association (ICA), this new concise edition presents key concepts and the most relevant head words of communication science.
- Encyclopedia of Communication Theory: Provides a one-stop source for a comprehensive overview of communication theory, offering current descriptions of theories as well as the background issues and concepts that comprise these theories.
- Communication Yearbook: Publishes state-of-the-discipline literature reviews and essays. It is both highly international and interdisciplinary in scope,
- Sage eReference (or Sage Knowledge): Contains full text encyclopedias and reference books in the social sciences and humanities. Search by keyword or browse by topic.
- Oxford Reference: Contains full text subject encyclopedias, reference works, dictionaries, and handbooks in all disciplines.
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Background Information Video
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