COMM 322 - Mass Communication and Society: Background Information


Overview Resources

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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Dictionaries & Encyclopedias