When you begin researching, consulting a reference book (like an encyclopedia or handbook) to get an overview of the topic is often quicker and easier than trying to gather background information from various articles and websites.
Reference books can provide definitions, descriptions and explanations and identify keywords and terms for searching for articles in databases or books in the Milner Catalog about the topic.
Entries in reference books often include a list of sources for further reading. In the early stages of your research, tracking down these cited sources will lead you to relevant books and articles and save time.
Many books are now available with online full text as ebooks. Listed below are some links to online reference books in the field of Communication. View ebooks listed below, browse Communication and Media Studies e-books, or browse all SAGE e-books by entering keywords in the search box on the upper left. For links to more ebooks see Milner's Reference (General/Multi-Subject) page or search Milner's Catalog, change Material Type to Books, and on the search results page under Tweak your results, limit "Availability" to "Available online."