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Communication: Books & eBooks

Use this guide to explore library materials related to Communications

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The library provides a free service for currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff called Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

If the title is located at Another CSM Campus; materials can be sent a campus of your choice. 
Delivery: 1-3 days.

If we do not own the title you need:

Search WorldCat and request using (ILL); use to get items that are online or at other colleges and libraries.
Delivery: 1-4 weeks.

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Below are examples of Library of Congress Subject Headings and keywords relevant to Communication Studies:

Audio-visual materials 
Body language
Broadcast journalism 
Broadcasting policy
Business Ethics 
Communication and culture
Communication and technology 
Communication in management 
Communication in medicine 
Communication in organizations 
Communication in science 
Communication, International 
Communication--Moral and ethical aspects 
Communication--Social aspects 
Conflict Management
Content Analysis
Crisis Communication
Critical Theory
Discourse Analysis
Electronic Mail Systems 
English language--Terms and phrases 
Freedom of the press--United States 
Graphic Arts
Intercultural communication 
Interpersonal Communication
Journalism Authorship [i.e. news writing] 
Journalism Editing 
Language and culture Journalism
Language and languages--Sex differences
Mass media
Mass media criticism
Mass media and public opinion 
Motion pictures 
Newspaper publishing 
Organizational communication
Privacy, Right of--United States 
Press--United States 
Public Affairs
Public opinion 
Public relations 
Radio broadcasting 
Radio journalism 
Sexism in language 
Social interaction
Social media
Television broadcasting of news
Visual Communication

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The CSM library uses Call Numbers to organize books on the shelves.

Call Numbers are a book's shelf address. The combination of letters and numbers tells you where to find it in the library.

When you look up a book on the CSM library web site, you'll find the Call Number on the book info page. Write down this number and match it up with label on the book on the shelf. Example of a Call Number: PN 4867.2 .R94 2012

Books with call numbers that start with REF are in the reference collection and cannot be checked out.

Books that don't start with REF are available for check-out with a valid CSM Student ID.

If you need help finding a book, ask a librarian!


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