Communication Studies

Objective: Navigate research sources for students taking a Communication Studies course.

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wcc students only logo Communication & Mass Media Complete: Comprehensive research and reference resource in areas related to communication and mass media.

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Scholarly Journals by Title

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Quick list of top Communication journals

Top Scholarly Journals

Journal of Communication (12 mo. embargo)

Public Opinion Quarterly (12 mo. embargo)

Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (12 mo. embargo)

International Journal of Communication (Est. 2007)

Also Consider …

American Journalism (18 month embargo)

Critical Studies in Media Communication (18 month embargo)

Journal of Nonverbal Behavior

Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly (18 mo. embargo)

Kairos (A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy)

Poroi (rhetoric in inquiry and culture)

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Magazines in Print @ the Library

Comm Arts logoCommunication Arts
Source of inspiration in visual communication.

Browse the Stacks

This image is from the AIGA symbol signs collection which was produced through a collaboration between AIGA and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in 1974 and 1979. All images in the collection are public domain.



Media and communication topics are covered in many academic disciplines you will find books throughout the library.  Some of the major sections are listed here.

Communication Studies Call Numbers
HM 1206 – HM 1236 Media and Society. Propaganda. Persuasion. Public opinion.
P 87-96

Communication. Mass media.

P 94.7

Interpersonal Communication

P 95 – P 95.6

Oral Communication

P 99.5 – P 99.6

Nonverbal Communication

P 301 – P 301.5

Rhetoric in Persuasion, Debate

PN 4129.15

Public Speaking

PN 1990- 1992.92 Broadcasting.
PN 1993-1999 Motion Pictures.
PN 4699-5650 Journalism. The periodical press, etc.
PN 6700-6790 Comic books, strips, etc.
PR 901 – PR 907.2 English Literature – Oratory




Ad*Access (Duke University)
Covering product categories such as Beauty and Hygiene, Radio, Television, Transportation, and World War II propaganda – dated between 1911 and 1955.

AdViews (Duke University)
Thousands of television commercials dated 1950s – 1980s, plus several more stellar collections.

Gender Ads Project
Created by Scott A. Lukas of Lake Tahoe Community College, the website is dedicated to understanding the contexts of sexism and advertising, gender and advertising, women and advertising, men and advertising, advertising and violence.

This blog offers “Marketing and advertising news with attitude.” Get an inside look at ads, marketing and campaigns.

Media Ownership

  • Who Owns What? (Columbia Journalism Review) A tool to trace corporate ownership of media.
  • Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting. A national media watch group.
  • Media Matters. What’s happening in broadcast media? How are pundits and journalists behaving? Media Matters analyzes what’s going on with the Fourth Estate.

Intercultural Communication

Intercultural Communication Institute
The Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI) offers resources for intercultural, cross-cultural, multicultural, international, diversity training, and education.

Public Speaking

public speaking icon Public Speaking: The Virtual Text
A free online public speaking textbook.

Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking
A user-friendly guide to creating, researching, and presenting public speeches.


Keep Learning

Sexy Technical Communication Because good technical writing is powerful and clear and gets the job done. 

wcc students only logo US Newsstream: Search the most recent premium U.S. news content, as well as newspaper archives, wire services, broadcast transcripts, and blogs. National and regional sources.

Six Minutes
Great blog on public speaking and developing presentation skills.

Communication Nation
This blog looks at the way that we engage each other and communicate as individuals and in societies.

The Communication Blog
(by Joseph A. DeVito, Hunter College of the City University of New York)

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