Skip to main content

Communication: Reference Sources

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

Reference Sources for Background Research

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. 

Communication Research and Writing the Literature Review

Selected Reference Sources

Subject Librarian for the School of Communication

Sharon Van Der Laan's picture
Sharon Van Der Laan
Milner Library 526
309 438-7461