Find a Topic - Encyclopedias

 Communication Subject Reference

  Encyclopedia of Communication Theory

  Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford University Press)

  International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication

Finding Articles


Article databases can be searched using key terms to find these articles.  There are several useful databases in communicatoin:

Communication and Mass Media Complete
CMMC offers cover-to-cover (core) indexing and abstracts for over 300 journals.  Many major journals have indexing, abstracts, PDFs and searchable citations from their first issues to the present.

Communication Abstracts
Communication Abstracts provides abstracting coverage of books and journals in all areas of communication studies (mass, interpersonal and new communication technologies).

From the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship, this is a database of the abstracts of primary literature for communication studies.  Strong tools for browsing such as concept explorer, idea monkey, and index searches.

News Sources

The Library subscribes to a variety of newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post,  and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Access to the text of many newspapers is available through Proquest Newspapers and Lexis Nexis Academic.

See also this recent Library Blog post about Fetching Newspapers.


While researching your topic, don’t forget to take a look at the vast collection of books Falvey has to offer.  You are probably accustomed to finding scholarly articles as part of a research project, but books are also a significant area of scholarly publishing.  Don’t forget to hit the stacks! (Or, click through to our many online and e-books.)

To search for books, go to the library’s Search tab, and then click the smaller Books & More tab.  You can search for keywords, or you can use the drop-down menu to search for specific titles or authors.

If your project involves new media, check out the library’s collection of new media books.  Here are a couple of highlights:

The Breakup 2.0: disconnecting over new media
by Ilana Gershon
Cornell University Press



Always On: language in an online and mobile world
by Naomi S. Baron
Oxford University Press



Hacking: digital media and technological determination
by Tim Jordan
Digital Media and Society Series
Cambridge Polity Press

  Handbook of Media Audiences
This handbook offers a comprehensive overview of the complexity and diversity of audience studies in the advent of digital media.

Need a book the library doesn’t own?  Put a request through our EZ-Borrow or ILLiad services.

Often it is easier to review a book on your topic before beginning your article searches.  A book can give a broader perspective on your topic, while journal articles tend to be very narrowly focused.  Even if you do not reference the book in your term paper, it can still serve as an important source for finding key scholarly research articles on your topic.


APA Style

Even though you may have used APA style before, you may be full of dread at the thought of writing your reference list.  The library is here to help!

Whether writing your reference list by hand or proofreading a Refworks bibliography, you will definitely need to have the APA rules on hand.  Check out the resources below:

  • If you find the Publication Manual confusing or scary (or both), try the APA Online Tutorial.  This video guide is clear and easy to watch.  It gives a thorough overview of how to format your paper and cite your sources.
  • For those trickier scenarios (how do I cite my class notes?  how do I cite a blog post?), try searching the APA Style Blog.  This is another official APA site, so it is an authoritative source.


RefWorks is a Web-based software package designed to help you easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.

See the Library Guide to Refworks for more information.

Helpful Tips & Guides

Citing and Evaluating Resources

Finding Full Text

DOI: Digital Object Identifier

Video Tutorials

Villanova Writing Center