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Communication Arts Guide: Background Information

Reference Sources

What is a reference source? 

  • A reference source is a resource that is used to uncover a specific fact or piece of information.  Reference tools are generally not intended to be read sequentially or cover-to-cover.
  • Reference sources contain specific facts, definitions, overviews, background information and citations to other relevant resources.
  • Reference sources are helpful in narrowing a topic.
  • Reference sources provide definitions of concepts.
  • Reference sources include encylopedias, dictionaries, biographies, bibliographies, handbooks, atlases, maps, and thesauri.
  • Reference sources are a great place to start research!
  • Reference books in Library are located on the main floor and have call numbers that start with the letters REF.

Interpersonal/Group/Intercultural Communication

  • International Encyclopedia of Communication
    REF P87.5 .I5
  • Encyclopedia of Psychology
    REF BF31 .E52 2000
  • Encyclopedia of Sociology
    REF HM425 .E5 2000
  • International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family
    REF HQ9 .E52 2003
  • SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research
    REF H62 .S34 2004
  • Countries and Their Cultures
    REF GN307 .C68 2001
  • Older Americans
    REF HQ1064 .U5 O43 2004
  • American Men
    REF HQ1090.3 .A457 2006
  • American Women
    REF HQ1421 .A486 2006

Mass Communication/Media

  • Concise Encyclopedia of Advertising
    REF HF5803 .C59 2005
  • Encyclopedia of Media & Politics
    REF P95.82 U6 E47 2007
  • Swingin' On the Ether Waves
    REF PN1991.8 A35 S36 2005
  • Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts
    REF PN1993.45 .H36 2000
  • Film Review Annual
    REF PN1995 .F465
  • The Motion Picture Guide
    REF PN1995 .N346
  • Variety Film Reviews
    REF PN1995 .V34 1983
  • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers
    REF PN1997.8 .I58