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Communication & Media Studies: Finding Books

The field of communication is defined as the theories and techniques used to convey meaning to others. It includes film, television, radio, journalism, advertising, public relations, digital design, semiotics, linguistics, social media, and more.

The Library Catalog & OneSearch

Check out the following videos to learn how to search for books in the library catalog (and place a hold) or use OneSearch to locate books (and articles) available at Fordham University Libraries.

 Looking for e-books only? Select the "Online Resources" option under the library dropdown limiter before your press Search in the catalog.

Shows "Online Resources" option selection

Tips for Finding Books

→ Not sure where to start? Use the Communication and Cinema & Media Studies sections of Oxford Bibliographies to learn about books, theories and theorists, and other influential topics. From there, you can search books by name or author in the library catalog.

→ Looking for books about a film or television director, producer, scholar, or theorist? Search for them in by catalog under subject by name (last name, first name i.e. Rhimes, Shonda or McLuhan, Marshall ).

→ Looking for books by a particular person? Search their name under author (last name, first name i.e.Vaidhyanathan, Siva) to see if Fordham owns books by them.

Requesting Book Chapters & Print Journal Articles

Interlibrary Loan

Borrowing books or accessing articles that are not available at any of the Fordham University Libraries requires assistance from Interlibrary Loan.

Subject Headings to Search

When searching for books, try searching by subject in the catalog with a subject heading:

Communication and culture
Communication and technology 
Communication--Moral and ethical aspects 
Communication--Social aspects 
Communication in politics
Critical Theory
Digital storytelling
Discourse Analysis
Fake news--Political aspects
Film Criticism 
Freedom of the press--United States 
Human-computer interaction
Information visualization
Intercultural communication 
Language and culture    
Mass media 
Motion pictures
Newspaper publishing 
Online social networks
Organizational behavior 
Persuasion (Rhetoric)
Press--United States 
Public opinion 
Public relations 
Radio broadcasting 
Radio journalism
Social media
Television broadcasting of news
Video games--Psychological aspects
Video games--Social aspects
Visual Communication

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