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Communication and Media Reference eBooks

Handbook of Media and Communication Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies

  • Klaus Bruhn Jensen (Ed.). 3rd ed. Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge, 2021.
    This book is a standard reference work for students and researchers in the fields of media, communication and cultural studies, integrating perspectives from the social sciences and the humanities, and focusing on methodology as a strategic level of analysis that joins practical applications with theoretical issues. 

Dictionary of Media and Communication 

  • Daniel Chandler and Rod Munday, authors. 3rd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020.
    This authoritative and up-to-date A-Z covers all aspects of interpersonal, mass, and networked communication in over 3500 entries, including digital and mobile media, advertising, journalism, social media, and nonverbal communication.

Encyclopedia of Public Relations

  • Robert L. Heath, ed. 2nded. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Reference, 2013. 1093 pp. 2 vols.

    This work explores the evolution of the Public Relations field, with examples from history describing events, changing practices, and the key figures who developed and expanded the profession.

Encyclopedia of Media and Communication

  • Edited by Marcel Danesi; Published by: University of Toronto Press, 2013
    Comprehensive encyclopedia for the growing fields of media and communication studies. It synthesizes a wide array of works and perspectives on the making of meaning. The appendix includes timelines covering the whole historical record for each medium, from either antiquity or their inception to the present day. Each entry also features a bibliography linking readers to relevant resources for further reading.

Interpersonal Communication

  • Charles R. Berger (Ed.) Boston: De Gruyter Mouton, 2014.
    This handbook comprehensively covers the field of interpersonal communication, including research on processes of social influence, the role of communication close personal relationships, nonverbal communication, cognitive approaches, conflict, bargaining and negotiation, health communication, organizational socialization, social networks, and technologically-mediated communication, as well as two chapters on research methods.

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