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Credit for Prior Learning (CPL): Communication

Finding communication information

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.

Communication Theories: E-Books

These resources allow you to search by the name of your theory, the theorist associated with the theory or by thematic topic.

Communication Theories: Databases

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:

Academic Search Premier
Communication & Mass Media Complete
PsycINFO, PsycBOOKS, and Opposing Viewpoints in Context are also excellent resources for Communication studies.
You can access these search tools 24/7 from the library homepage.

Communication Journals & e-Journals

Try this general list of Communication Journals in TOPCAT: here.

Search for more ejournals in the ejournal portal: here.

Stop by the library to read the most recent issue of these journals in print:

Basic Search Tools


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Communication Reference Books

Stop by the library to view these books in the print reference collection:

Communication: Best Websites

For more resources, check the library's Best Websites: Communication page.