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Communication & PR Research Methods

E-Reference books

Electronic Reference is  available on any topic.

Worth a trip to the library - Communications reference books

The items listed below are a sample of the subject specific reference available in the library and electronically.

Dewey numbers

004
100
170
201.6
302.2
321
370
390
400
650
658
703
740
777
791
792
794.44
794.45
796
800
900
Technology, computers
Psychology – counseling
Ethics
Religion
Communication – Media
Politics
Education
Fashion
Language – linguistics
Business
Advertising
Art
Music
Photography
Film
Drama
Radio
TV
Sports
Literature
History

Use these numbers to browse the library's collection of books.

About this page

Background reading is an essential starting point to any research project.  Background reading may suggest a research topic or provide an overview of your topic.  It also will lead to other resources related to your topic. 


A good place to begin your background reading is in a subject-specific reference book.  The Berntsen Library collects reference books in both print and online formats.  


*Note: Reference books are considered tertiary sources and are not typically referred to or cited in research papers.

 

Reference books

Reference books are located on the main floor of the library. 


You can locate reference and other books in CLICsearch, or you can browse the collection using the Dewey guide below. 

Wikipedia

*Gasp!* Why is a library guide telling you to search Wikipedia?  Like other reference sources, you might want to consult Wikipedia for background reading and fact gathering, but do not cite it as a source in your paper.  For this particular class, the real value of Wikipedia is the list of links at the end of the article.  These links will sometimes lead you to primary sources on your topic.