This guide features Communication Studies research resources.
In general, when we do research for college or in our profession, it's a good idea to use a variety of types of research sources. The three most common types of sources are:
When conducting research for a speech, you may also want to include other types of sources like:
You will find all these types of sources linked on the SCC Library homepage.
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Scholarly encyclopedias are often the best first source to use when researching a new topic. The SCC library has several databases which contain reference books, including encyclopedias, on various topics like Communication Studies, Sociology, Linguistics, and Psychology.
Use the library Search to find books on specific subjects. You'll find print books and some ebooks.
Your SCC Library has books on these subjects and more:
You may search our partner libraries (Gonzaga U., Whitworth U., North Idaho College) for books. From the SCC Library search engine, use the dropdown arrow to change "CCS Libraries" to "Partner Libraries." Select the items to checkout and request that the items be sent to the SCC library or the rural center. If you are in a hurry, you may go to the partner library and checkout the items with your CCS Student ID card.
Use research databases like Academic Search Complete and ProQuest to find periodical articles in:
Try searches like these:
"facial expression" AND deception
"gender differences" AND "oral communication"
"mass media" AND anxiety
Search the library's video databases to find films like these and others.
Streaming video databases: