Communication and the mass media : a guide to the reference literature /

Main Author: Block, Eleanor S.
Other Authors: Bracken, James K., 1952-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Englewood, Colo. : Libraries Unlimited, 1991.
Series: Reference sources in the humanities series
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Review by Choice Review

Block and Bracken (journalism librarian and communication bibliographer, respectively, both at Ohio State University) have attempted to give "comprehensive and detailed information on a broad variety of both general and specialized resources. . .relevant to various areas that constitute the curricula offered by departments of communication." The strength of their efforts certainly lies in the 483 anotations. They are thorough, frequently mentioning related resources. Arrangement is categorical: bibliographies, indexes, directories, online databases, core periodicals, etc. One can think of works neglected. Why was Newsearch listed but not Nexis, Vutext or DataTimes? Why was American Political Science Review listed as a core periodical but not Canadian Journal of Communication, Journal of Media Economics, Media and Values, or Public Communication and Behavior? The two-part index is more confusing than a unified index. This work does not replace either Eleanor Blum and F.G. Wilhoit's more general Mass Media Bibliography (3rd. ed., 1990; 2nd ed., CH, Feb'81) or Jo Cates's more specialized Journalism: A Guide to the Reference Literature (CH, Nov'90). Institutions with strong programs in communication will want this title. Others can get by with the Cates and Blum/Wilhoit works.-T. Link, Michigan State University Library

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Review by Booklist Review

The latest entry in the Reference Sources in the Humanities series, this guide, like the others (Journalism [RBB Ja 1 91]), emphasizes Anglo-American reference literature and is intended to serve students, professors, and librarians as well as adult learners. The scope of the subject coverage is based on the curricula in departments of communication in higher education, with such areas as communication theory, rhetoric, speech, applied linguistics, mass communication, telecommunication, and interpersonal and small-group communication. The organization is, however, not by subject area but by reference genre: bibliographies, biographical sources, dictionaries and encyclopedias, and so on. Most sources are English-language works published since 1970. In addition to specialized works such as the Broadcasting Yearbook or Encyclopedic Dictionary of Semiotics, familiar general sources such as Humanities Index are also included, with their value to communications researchers indicated in the annotation. The length of the critical annotations varies, but many are quite detailed. Relevant online and CD-ROM databases are listed, as well as a list of core periodicals. The bibliographic entries for periodicals include ISSN but not circulation figures, price, or whether a journal is refereed. The annotations are detailed and evaluative and indicate where the title is indexed. While 91 tiles are suggested as core, and others mentioned within the annotations, in comparing this list with Katz's Magazines for Libraries [RBB N 15 89], some omissions are noted. Vital Speeches of the Day does not have an entry here, nor Rhetoric Review, which is recommended by Katz for academic libraries. Final chapters include a directory of research centers and archives as well as societies and associations. Database suppliers and vendors are listed in an appendix. A subject index and an author-title index refer to the about 500 entries and to titles mentioned in the annotations. The compilers indicate that this guide is primarily aimed at upper-division undergraduate and beginning graduate communication students. The information and advice included in the annotations will prove very helpful to students, and reference librarians, especially in academic libraries, will find it a good resource for collection development. (Reviewed Jan. 15, 1992)

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