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A Guide to Communication Materials


The UFind online catalog is used to locate books about a particular person or subject. Some general subject headings for communications are:


Mass Media

Intercultural Communication

Oral Communication

Public Relations

Nonverbal Communication

Subheadings often describe a book's content in more detail. Examples include:

Communication--Psychological aspects

Communication--Social aspects

It is generally best to check all subdivisions under a heading so that useful materials are not overlooked.

To find other headings, you can search in the I-Share catalog using the browse subject command option. To locate books beyond those in the statewide I-Share catalog, search WorldCat. This online catalog provides citations to books and other materials in nearly 72,000 libraries in 171 countries.


The following indexes cover communication periodicals:

Journal Databases



Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (CSA)

Communications and Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)

PsycINFO (Ovid)


PAIS International (CSA)

Humanities International Index (EBSCO)


Newspaper Databases

Historical New York Times

Newspaper Source (EBSCO)

LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe

Other Recommended Online Sources

Dissertation Abstracts (Ask a librarian to
access for you)

U.S. Documents and Maps

Net Advantage (Standard & Poor's)

Internet Search (Google)

The Electronic Journals (SFX) search option on the online catalog should be checked to ensure that Lovejoy Library has the particular journal needed. If the library does not have the journal you need, articles from the journal can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Communication journals from 1990 through current issues are shelved on the second floor on the north side of the building. Most pre-1990 issues are kept in storage and can be requested from the Circulation Desk for delivery usually within 24 hours. All are
shelved alphabetically by title.

There are a number of useful sources in the Reference Collection on the first floor. Check materials in the P 87 - P 99.5 call number range. Most communication books are shelved on the third floor in the P call number range. Business communication materials may be found on the second floor in the HD or HF call number ranges.

E-book collections offer other useful communication resources. Some recommended collections are the following: Sage Reference Online, EBL, ebrary, and Gale Virtual Reference Library. The Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and the International Encyclopedia of Communication is also available as an electronic book using the Library's eResource A - Z webpage. The streamed video resource, Counseling and Therapy in Video, may be relevant in communication studies as well

Bartlett, John. Familiar Quotations. (Ready Reference PN 6081 .B27)
Statistical Abstract of the United States . (Ready Reference HA 202.S8)

See Therese Dickman (618-650-2695) or a reference librarian if you have questions.

Therese Dickman's email:

Lovejoy Library homepage:

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