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Communication & Rhetorical Studies Resources: Reference Works

Online Reference Resources

    • Encyclopedia of Rhetoric
      Available online, this searchable scholarly encyclopedia covers rhetoric from all times and places. Signed articles by scholarly contributors from around the world. Each article has a bibliography.

    • CREDOreference
      Full-text reference books in the arts, humanities, including Hargrave's Communications Dictionary, The Browser's Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases, A Dictionary of Literary Symbols, The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms, Chambers Classic Speeches and many others.

    • Gale Virtual Reference Library
      Full-text of many reference books in social sciences including Encyclopedia of Race and Racism & Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender.

  • Oxford Reference Online
    Full-text of relevant reference books including The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature, The Oxford Companion to English Literature, The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms, The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry in English, and A Dictionary of Writers and their Works-- the Encyclopedia of Rhetoric, above, is a part of this collection.

  • de Gruyter's Reference Global
    Full-text of relevant reference books including Handbook of Communication Competence, Handbook of Intercultural Communication, Handbook of Communication in the Public Sphere, and Handbook of Interpersonal Communication, among others.

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias & Guides in Print

Journal literature and Reviews of research:

  • Communication Yearbook
    P87 .C5974
    Bird Library-5th floor.
    This yearbook consists of in-depth analyses of research by communication scholars in various areas: e.g., intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, etc. Essays have extensive bibliographies.

  • Communication Abstracts
    Ref P87 .C597
    Bird-Reference, 2nd Floor (does not circulate)

  • Index to Journals in Communication Studies Through 1995
    P87 .M37 1997
    Bird Library-5th floor
    Provides a complete listing of tables of contents for 24 journals in communication studies. Author and keyword indexes.




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