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COM 400 — Communication Theory & Research (Cavanagh )

Contact Information

Veronica D'aquino
(310) 243-2581


Library Basic Information

Background Information

Books & E-Books


Online Communication Organizations

Plagiarism & Citation


Library Basic Information

Library Location

Library Hours

Reserve Desk

Library Guides

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Reference Desk

Background Information

Articles, chapters, and reviewed essays from subject encyclopedias and handbooks are particularly helpful for providing a snapshot of the scope and aspects of a particular topic. These resources are a good starting point if you are new to a particular research area.

Subject Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of Communication and Information

Encyclopedia of Journalism

Encyclopedia of new media : an essential reference to communication and technology

Encyclopedia of political communication

Encyclopedia of politics, the media, and popular culture

Encyclopedia of rhetoric

Encyclopedia of television

Encyclopedic dictionary of semiotics, media, and communications

World press encyclopedia: a survey of press systems worldwide

Other Useful Subject Encyclopedias

Culture wars : an encyclopedia of issues, viewpoints, and voices

The Gale encyclopedia of psychology

Encyclopedia of human behavior

Encyclopedia of sociology

Books & E-Books

Searching for Books and other materials at the CSUDH Library

Toro Find Online Catalog allows you to identify books and other materials held in and available to the library. The library online catalog is also used to manage renewals, save and e-mail searches, and more.

These are some subject headings used to describe materials available in our catalog. The hyperlinks will take you to the result list. Otherwise, select the Subject field from the drop down menu of the Toro Find Catalog and type the predefined heading.


Intercultural communication




Language and culture  

Communication and culture           

Motion pictures

Communication in management

Persuasion Rhetoric

Communication in medicine


Communication in organizations

Press--United States

Communication, International

Public opinion

Communication--Moral and ethical aspects

Radio broadcasting

Communication--Social aspects      

Radio journalism

Conflict Management

Social interaction



Discourse Analysis

Visual Communication

Electronic Mail Systems


Browsing Books and Other Materials

The University Library houses books and other relevant materials, arranged according to the Library of Congress system, pertaining to the discipline of Communication. Below is a chart with some call number ranges and the locations:



3rd Floor North


Public relations. Industrial publicity

3rd Floor North


Communication.  Mass media

4th Floor North


Oratory.  Elocution, etc

4th Floor North


Journalism.  The periodical press, etc.

4th Floor North


Checking Out Materials

If you have a current student ID you may check out up to 30 items for 28 days at the Circulation Desk, located on the second floor of the library. For more information on renewals, holds, overdue fines, etc. contact the Circulation Desk at (310) 243-3712.

Searching Other Library Collections

The Catalog of the CSU Libraries allows searching of the collections for all 23 CSU campuses and for finding materials that are not available at your CSUDH Library. These materials may be requested through Interlibrary Loan online at no cost.

WorldCat lets you search the collections of libraries in your community, state, country and from around the world.  WorldCat locates the item of your interest in the nearest libraries to our campus. Items available for loan may be borrowed online and include: books, journal articles, and some dissertation and theses. For additional information on policies contact the Interlibrary-Loan Services at (310) 243-3716.


The University Library subscribes to a number of databases that index magazine and journal articles, many of which are specialized in the field of communication and are available full text. Since communication is a broad-based-interdisciplinary field, you may also benefit from looking into periodicals published in the disciplines of business, education, psychology, humanities, and medicine.

Access to electronic databases is available through the library’s main webpage via Databases by Title. Databases are also arranged by topics under Databases by Subject. Full-text access and date coverage varies by individual periodical title as well as from one database to another; therefore you may find it necessary to search in multiple databases.

The Journals by Title allows you to identify and locate specific journals, their availability, whether they are accessible electronically or in print, and their coverage dates.

If you are accessing the databases from off-campus, you will be prompted to login with your My CSUDH username and password.


Core Databases

Communication & Mass Media Complete provides quality research information in communication and mass media. It includes full text for over 500 journals as well as monographs, conference proceedings, working papers and other publication types. Many major journals have abstracts, full text access, and searchable cited references from their first issues to the present.

Sage Journals provides full text access to many communication periodicals such as Communication Research, European Journal of Communication, and Management Communication Quarterly, as well as relevant communication-related fields.

Related Databases

These databases’ main focus is on periodicals from disciplines other than communications that also deal with communication issues, and selectively include journals that are specialized in this subject area.

Academic Search Premier provides access to a wide range of general interest magazines (trade and consumer) as well as scholarly journals on social and computer sciences, education, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies.

Humanities Full Text provides access to a wide range of general interest magazines (trade and consumer) as well as scholarly journals on archaeology, art, classical studies, communications, dance, film, folklore, gender studies, history, journalism, linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, religion and theology.

Lexis Nexis provides access to national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, U.S. Federal and state case law, codes, regulations, legal news, and more.

News & Newspapers (ProQuest 1980-current) offers international, national, regional, and local papers including Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, among many others.

PsycINFO provides access to journal articles, book
chapters, dissertations and technical reports in the field of psychology.

SocINDEX offers coverage from the sub-disciplines of sociology, including anthropology, criminology, criminal justice, demography, economic development, ethnic and racial studies, gender studies, marriage and family, politics, religion, to name a few.

Online Communication Organizations

Advanced Public Speaking Institute

American Communication Association

Association for Business Communication

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Association for Women in Communication

Broadcast Education Association

Central States Communication Association (CSCA)

Eastern Communication Association (ECA)

International Communication Association

National Communication Association

Southern States Communication Association (SCCA)

Western States Communication Association (WSCA)

Plagiarism & Citation

The American Psychological Association style, or APA, is commonly used within the social sciences including in communications. In order to avoid plagiarism it is important to document the resources by incorporating citations in text and the references page according to this manual style.

Publication of the American Psychological Association

APA Website

APA Tutorial

Purdue Online Writing Lab


Rubin, R. B., Rubin, A. M., Piele, L. J. (2005). Communication research: Strategies and sources (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.