COMM 2500: Subject encyclopedias

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Valerie Beech:

  • Strategic Communication
  • Advertising
  • Corporate Communication
  • Public Relations

Elisa Coghlan: 

  • Communication Studies
  • Digital Media
  • Journalism

Why use encyclopedia articles?

Unless you are already familiar with the research topics, you may need an introduction:  subject encyclopedias can provide that.

Below are 2 databases of online encyclopedias.  In addition, there are a few subject encyclopedias you could look in ...

Online reference collection

Start with this online collection of (mostly) reference books.  Subject-specific encyclopedias, handbooks, companions, etc.

Sample encyclopedias

Use the databases above and individual online encyclopedias to explore your field.  For example, if you're in public relations, look for ideas in the Encyclopedia of Public Relations linked to below.

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