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Communication Studies Research Guide

A guide to resources for Communication Studies students at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

Who Should Use This Guide?

Communication studies as a discipline originated with public speaking. Many subgroups have enhanced the field as it develops. There are theoretical and practical approaches to the subject matter: studying how communication is made and learning how to communicate through speech, body language, and technology.

This LibGuide is intended to support the coursework and research needs of students enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate education programs  at IUPUI, and to support the research and instructional needs of faculty who work with them.  Sources used in this guide can either be found within the physical University Library or can be electronically accessed.

Where to start

Welcome to the Communications subject guide. This guide is designed to get you started on your research by providing links to the basic databases and websites used in all the different field of communications.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me using the information in the box to your right.  You may also contact Bill Orme, Associate Librarian currently in charge of Communicatio Studies, at or 274-0485.

How to conduct library research:

This University Library how-to guides students through the research process from choosing a topic to citing your sources in your assignment.  Having a clear idea in mind about what your research question is can help save you time and focus your research on pertinant resources.

Quick start:

Are you looking for journal articles? Try using the Communication and Mass Media Complete database.

If you're looking for books or DVDs, use the library catalogs.  These catalogs can also include links to ebooks in the collection, which you can access even if the library is closed.

If these don't meet your needs, click on the tab above which best describes your area of research to see additional resources.  If you are new to a topic and want to learn more before doing most of your research, check out the encyclopedias in the Books and Print Resources tab.