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Communication is a relatively new field of academic study, and very multidisciplinary in nature.

Articles (journals, newspapers, magazines)

There are no subject-specific article databases for communication, so the key ones that we recommend are:

Arrow Discover Click for more information View a demonstration.
Cross searches many relevant databases.

Arrow Web of Science Click for more information View a demonstration.
Another multidisciplinary database, very highly regarded.
NOTE: Web of Science and Google Scholar show numbers of citing articles, a powerful way to follow scholarly discussion of a topic. View a Demonstration.

Arrow Google Scholar Click for more information View a demonstration.
The famous Internet search engine, restricted to academic material only.

Arrow Full list of Communication article databases

Arrow Database Licence Information
Legal guidelines about how and by whom Library-subscribed article databases may be used.

Books & Ebooks

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Search Discover to find Library books, journals, DVDs & other material.

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Background Information

Use academic encyclopedias to get an overview of scholarly conversation around a topic.

Arrow International Encyclopedia of Communication
The electronic version of a 12-volume print encyclopedia. Very comprehensive.

Arrow Encyclopedia of Political Communication
An excellent and comprehensive overview of this aspect of the field.

Arrow Encyclopedia of Social Psychology
Aimed at undergraduates and others new to the field, its articles are clear and easy to understand.

Arrow Encyclopedia of Communication Theory
Very good coverage of communication and its intersection with other academic disciplines.

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Concepts & Definitions

Arrow Dictionary of Media and Communication Studies
A U.K. publication with detailed entries, and very good on theoretical concepts. It includes a topic guide which lists all entries under 26 major headings, and a chronology.

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Arrow Oxford Reference Online Premium Click for more information
A collection of different dictionaries, including definitions of terms from many academic fields.

Television Programmes

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View recorded television programmes from New Zealand and international channels. Also includes channels in languages other than English.
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Research Methods

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Search encyclopedias, books and journals for information on different research methods and stages of the research process.


Arrow International Communication Association

Arrow Australian and New Zealand Communication Association

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