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This course surveys current interdisciplinary perspectives in communication studies and theory. It is normally offered in the fall term and expected in the first year of graduate study.
How to identify key literature
Oxford Bibliography Online
Each subject module features a series of entries on key topics written and peer-reviewed by leading international experts. Entries include bibliographical information supported by direct recommendations about which sources to consult and editorial commentary to make it clear how the cited sources are interrelated.
- International encyclopedia of communication (ICA)
- Encyclopedia of international media and communications
- Encyclopedia of communication theory
- The handbook of media and mass communication theory
- International history of communication study
- Handbook of communication history
- Communication, cultural and media studies: the key concepts
- Theories of communication: a short introduction (1998) [print]
Finding journal literature
- Communication & Mass Media Complete the primary index to CMNS literature
Consider searching databases in related disciplines (sociology, political science, urban studies, latin american studies, etc.) after grounding your topic in CMNS-centred research.
It can be helpful to use an interdisciplinary database to help you identify which academic disciplines have an interest in your topic. This can help you identify theoretical and methodological approaches to your research topic, as well as scholars working in this area.
Web of Science (topic and citation searching) scholarly but not necessarily Communication focused articles
Google Scholar (full-text article searching, academic web sites, conference and working papers, dissertations, etc.) NOT necessarily scholarly
Dissertations and Theses Abstracts and Index (dissertations and theses, predominantly from North America)