The scope of this guide is introductory and highlights relevant reference sources for aspects of communication studies related to a variety of subjects.
Key print and electronic indexes, abstracts, and databases are highlighted in this guide. Selected unannotated monographs are included to exemplify broad categories and themes within Communication Studies at the University at Albany.
Reference sources ("tertiary sources") assist researchers in locating primary and secondary resources related to their topics of choice. Print reference sources are typically found in the reference section of the library. Online reference sources are increasing significantly but there is much that is not digitized. Due to limitations of space in the reference area, many classic reference sources and important handbooks are shelved in the general stacks. Unless otherwise noted, sources listed in this guide are located at the University Library (uptown).
Research by Subject covers subject related disciplines, such as political science, business, psychology, history, women's studies, sociology, education, and law. These multiple subjects may be necessary to address the interdisciplinary nature of Communication Studies topics.
Selecting a topic for a research paper or project can be very challenging. Using guides and resources developed by librarians can assist in navigating the research process. It may be important to use both print and electronic sources. Relevant resources for yur topic may be found in a variety of formats, including DVD, microform, monographs, and other media. Online Reference sources can also be found via the University Libraries' Reference Collection Web page. The User Education department of the library provides many detailed instructional guides to familiarize students with various aspects of research, including "Ask a Librarian" service.
Librarians are scheduled to assist you at the Reference Desk located in each of the 3 campus libraries. We can assist you with research process, resource selection, and search strategies. Please ask questions at the desk, or by phone 442-3553, or by e-mail through our