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Communication Studies: Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

communication studies, electronic media, interactive digital studies, mass media, public relations

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Encyclopedia of Communication and Information  (2002)
Available electronically through Books/Media link to  Gale Virtual Reference Library
Over 280 authoritative essays on concepts used in the fields of communication and information. Terms within the areas of interpersonal communication, institutional studies (e.g., elections), media effects (e.g., opinion formation), information science, information technologies, and literacy are among those identified and defined. Also included are descriptions of individuals making significant contributions to the fields. 

Encyclopedia of Public Relations
Rod Library UNI Stacks HD 59 E48 2005 2 volumes
Available electronically through Books/Media link to Gale Virtual Reference Library
Nearly 450 encyclopedic essays exploring the public relations field, its history, changing practices, and present theory and practice.  Included are essays about the key individuals who developed and expanded the field.  Codes of ethics of the International Association of Business Communicators and of the Public Relations Sociey of America are among the documents included in the appendixes.  

Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications
Rod Library UNI Reference P 87.5 E535 2003 4 volumes
Explores the “ways that editorial content--from journalism and scholarship to films and infomercials--is developed, presented, stored, analyzed, and regulated around the world.” Communications and media topics such as censorship, cross-cultural communication, and terrorism and the media are described and analyzed in 10-page essays. In addition, media and communications history, developments, technology, laws, and policies in over 50 countries are examined. At the end of each essay cross-references provide links to related essays in the encyclopedia while “further reading” lists refer you to other books and articles on the topics. Comprehensive index in volume 4.

Dictionary of Marketing Communications
Rod Library UNI Reference HF 5412 G68 2004
Defines over 4,000 terms and concepts used in marketing communications, including advertising, sales promotion, public relations, and e-marketing.

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