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Communication: Home


Hello! Welcome to the Communication research guide at the UT Tyler Library.

This guide is designed to inform you about resources for your studies in all aspects of Communication. 

There is also a research guide just for Fundamentals of Communication (SPCM 1315) that is particularly helpful for Pro-Con speeches.


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Fr   7:30am - 5:00 pm
Sa   9:00am - 6:00pm
Su   1:00pm - 10:00pm
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Quick Guide Rundown

Here is some of what you'll find in this guide:

Databases - links to scholarly literature databases, such as Communication & Mass Media Complete, Academic Search Complete, Newspaper Source, and Lexis Nexis Academic.

Books - links to find books & other monographic works in the UT Tyler catalog and WorldCat.

Web Resources - credible online resources such as PolitiFact, the US Census-American Fact Finder, and American Rhetoric

Communication Theory - links to books explaining various communication theories and research, most online and ready to use anytime, anywhere.

Media Links - links to local, state, national, and international media websites.

Need Help? - extra help, including our links to our FAQ, library contacts, technical support, the Writing Center, and interlibrary loan

Style Guides

APA is the recommended citation format for academic papers in Communication.  The APA research guide will give you examplse of citations to common sources as well as links to more in-depth webpages.

MCOM classes often use the Associated Press Stylebook

How to Do a Literature Review

Need to do a Literature Review, and not sure what that means?

Here's a good explanation from the University of California Santa Cruz Library, including components and purpose.  Click on the Examples and Further Information tab for links to examples in psychology and sociology.

For examples of Literature Reviews specific to Communication, go to Communication & Mass Media Complete, type literature review into the first box and make it a TI Title.  Limit to Full Text, Scholarly, and English language.  You will get scholarly articles with subtitles that include "A Systematic Review of the Literature," "A Review of the Literature," and "A Literature Review."  For example, see "Demagoguery and Political Rhetoric:  A Review of the Literature" in RSQ:  Rhetoric Society Quarterly. (This will take you from C&MMC to JSTOR, and you will need to log in if you haven't already.)

UT-Tyler Student Publications

Communications Organizations


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Robert R. Muntz Library
Office #209
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Introduction Video

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