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Communication and Media: Research

A research guide for Communication and Media from West Chester University Libraries

Find Books

The library has many great books for Communication and Media.  These include many eBooks.  If you know the title of the book you would like, just enter it in the box below. If you don't have a specific title follow the link below for other options. If you have never used an eBook, give it a try!

If you know the title:

If you want a book but don't know the title:

Find Articles

Follow the link below to find articles, ebooks and more related to Communication and Media in one easy location.

Communication and Media

Since topics in Communication and Media can draw from many disciplines, be sure to check out the complete list of library databases below.

All Library Databases

Library Resources

 Need to find resources? The library has you covered. Use this page to find books, scholalry articles, newspapers, videos, ebooks, governement documents, streaming audio and just about anything you will need to succeed!

Remember, if you cant find what you need just go to the library homepage!

Research Tip of the Semester

There are a GAZILLION ways to do research! It is easy to get lost as you click away. Keep it simple. Relax. You can do this! Check back here each month for a useful tip to help you get the "good stuff".

This semester's tip:       The Libraries all-in-one search system

You might have noticed that the library website has changed. Don't worry, most of what you were used to is still there.  One major change is the introduction of a discovery tool. It is the main search box on the library homepage. This means it searches almost all of our databases and books at once! It is a great place to begin your research. Sometimes it will seem to bring back too many items and your head will spin! Don't worry- LIMIT. Look on the left of the results screen for limiters and narrow results to things that suit your research needs like: full text, scholarly/peer-reviewed and date range.  You can also limit by item types such as: article, book and newspaper. If you have any questions, please just ask your friendly research librarian.  We are here for you!

Research Tip- Interlibrary Loan

    Do you need that important article and the library does not own it? Is that book you want already checked out? Don't worry. We will get it for you! Try the Interlibrary Loan service. Look for the link in the lower right hand side of the library homepage. If the library doesn't own it, this service will get it for you from another library. In most cases we can get you that article in less than 24 hours! We send it right to your email account. Books take only 2-3 days. All you need to do is set up an account in a few simple steps. Take advantage of this very helpful service. Its easy and free!

Citing Your Sources

Citing your sources is vital. Attribution of others work is required. Believe it or not, professors have many ways of verifying your work.  Citation is easy with a little help and we have it at the library.

Check this page out for everything related to citation:

Citation help


The sytle most commonly used in Communication Studies is APA.

Check this page out for all things APA. Its a good, authoritative site:

APA Owl at Purdue

Need immediate research help? TRY CHAT

Do you need help with research? Can't seem to find anything on your topic? The library can help.  Take advantage of our Library Chat system. You can chat directly with a librarian. The hours for this service are:

10:00 am - 9:00 pm     Monday-Thursday

10:00 am - 5:00 pm     Friday

1:00 pm - 9:00pm        Sunday

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