This page contains links to electronic encyclopedias, article databases and journals, and e-books that contain information about communication theory and styles. Most links contain search boxes that allow you to expand your search for books and articles to other topics of interest.
To access most of the tools mentioned in this guide from home you'll need your library barcode. The barcode is found on your student ID. If you don't have an ID or have misplaced it, call us at 414-382-6433.
If you would like assistance finding or obtaining copies of library materials, you can visit the research desk in the library in person. You can also call the research desk at 414-382-6062. Or, you can submit questions using the Ask a Librarian image on the library homepage.
These resources allow you to search by the name of your theory, the theorist associated with the theory or by thematic topic.
Databases allow you to search for scholarly journal articles on a wide variety of topics that use a specific communication theory as a lens for analyzing the quality or effectiveness of a communication strategy.
Try the following keywords: communication theory, models of communication, communication design, organizational communication, international communication, semiotics, hierarchy of needs, groupthink, general semantics, etc.
You can also try searching for specific theorists & scholars (Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, etc.)
Some good databases to try searching are:
Stop by the library to view these books in the print reference collection: