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The library offers this guide to resources as a way to support student understanding and awareness of the history, study, and contributions in the field of speech or communication and mass media studies.


This guide summarizes library and other resources useful for speech, communications, and mass media studies research projects, including books, databases, journals, and websites. Information in this guide will be useful in a communication studies degree or certificate program, for additional or supplemental information for any course or program, for research projects that focus on topics in the subject, or for personal interest, enjoyment, and enrichment.


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Useful and Relevant Search Words

These are some of the search words that students may need for a research project. Other words may be useful in addition to those listed below. Consult your textbook, class notes, or assignment guidelines for topic ideas.


Use specific words. Use only one or two words. Try both plural and singular forms. Try varying combinations. Try words for specific issues relevant to the topic.Try both technical and common usage words. Try names of relevant places or persons. 

  • Body Language
  • Communication
  • Communication Arts
  • Cross cultural communication
  • Discourse
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Linguistic Studies
  • Mass Communication
  • Media Studies
  • Multicultural Communication
  • Persuasive Speech
  • Public Speaking
  • Speech


For Del Norte and Distance Education students

Online resources are set up to be accessible to all students from any location at any time. You may be prompted to login using your WebAdvisor ID and your eight digit birth date.  Physical format books from Eureka can be requested and delivered to Del Norte, and vice versa. 

Citation Styles

Always ask your instructor what citation style should be used for research projects. See below for links to helpful resources.


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Susan Gehr
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