Communication library subject guide , Aratohu kaupapa mō te tuku kōrero

Communication is a multidisciplinary field of academic study.

Article databases

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Google Scholar

The famous Internet search engine, restricted to academic material only.

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Multidisciplinary database covering scholarly literature, global patents, and websites.

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Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre Plus

A good general source of information on Australian & New Zealand topics.

Index New Zealand

Indexes a wide range of New Zealand journals and newspapers.

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Searchable full-text of a wide range of New Zealand journals, magazines, radio transcripts, and newspapers.

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Primary database for psychology. Includes coverage of communication, behavioural sciences and organisational psychology.

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MLA International Bibliography (Modern Languages Association)

Primary database for modern languages, literature, linguistics and other communicative behaviour.

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Emerald Insight

Some coverage of business communication and organisational development.

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Background information

International Encyclopedia of Communication

The electronic version of a 12-volume print encyclopedia. Very comprehensive.

Encyclopedia of Political Communication

An excellent and comprehensive overview of this aspect of the field.

Encyclopedia of Social Psychology

Aimed at undergraduates and others new to the field, its articles are clear and easy to understand.

Encyclopedia of Communication Theory

Very good coverage of communication and its intersection with other academic disciplines.

Concepts and definitions

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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Oxford Reference Online Premium

A collection of different dictionaries, including definitions of terms from many academic fields.

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Research methods

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International Communication Association

Australian and New Zealand Communication Association

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