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Communication: Finding Books / eBooks

A guide to library resources for Communication majors, graduate students and faculty.


There are three ways to read ebooks:

  1. Read in your browser.
  2. Download to your laptop or tablet.
  3. Print one or more pages.

If you are on campus, you will be automatically logged in for access.  When you are off campus, you will be prompted to login using your ULID username and password before the eBook is displayed.

The steps to download or print an ebook are dependent on the publisher's website.  Consult our eBook Guide for specific information about each format.

Books Specific to Communications

Look at our Understanding Call Numbers guide for more information.

Search Milner's Catalog for books about a topic or subject or search for books by author or title. 

The Classic Search, an alternative interface for searching Milner's Catalog, is available here. Classic Search allows searching by call number.

If Milner does not own a book, search All I-Share Libraries for the book title and request the book from one of the 90 other I-Share Libraries in Illinois.

Note: Your Milner/I-Share account no longer requires account creation. Login with your ULID and password.

Communication is a relatively new academic discipline. Therefore no single letter or call number in the Library of Congress Classification System represents all topics in the field of Communication.

Various types and aspects of communication are located throughout Milner Library's collection. The largest collection of general communication titles is on the 6th floor in the P87-96 call number range.

Following is a list of most communication related call number areas. This list may be especially useful for browsing.

Call Number Subject
BF 637.C45 Interpersonal Communication
HD 30.3 Communication in Management
HD 59 Public Relations
HE 7601-8700 Telecommunications Industry
HF 5717-5746 Business Communication
HF 5801-6182 Advertising
HM 131-134 Small Groups, Social groups
HM 251-291 Social Psychology
JF 515 Parliamentary procedure
JK 849 U.S. Government Publicity, Relations to the Press
KF 241 .C65 Legal Research, Communications
KF 2750 Press Law
KF 2761-2849 TV and telecommunication, law and legislation
KF 4290-4302 Motion Picture Law
KF 4298-4783 Freedom of Expression
LB 1042.5-1044.8 Audiovisual Education
LB 1572 Speech, oral communication
P Linguistics
P 87-96 Communication, Mass Media
P 99.5 Nonverbal Communication
PN 101-147 Feature Writing
PN 160-162 Editing
PN 207 Argumentation
PN 1990-1992.95 Broadcasting
PN 4001.4355 Oratory, Elocution
PN 4699-5650 Journalism and Magazine publication
TR 820 Photojournalism
Z 116-265 Book Industries and Trade, Printing

Interested in how long you can check out a book? View the list of loan periods for Milner resources. 

Although physical items can be requested via Interlibrary Loan, many libraries are not participating in Interlibrary Loan for the time being due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Patrons with any questions should contact our librarians for research assistance.

Subject Librarian for the School of Communication

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Sharon Van Der Laan
Milner Library 526
309 438-7461