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Group Communication (ID 2415)

This guide serves as a gateway to library research for students enrolled in the Group Communication course.

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Listed below are options available for you to contact a reference librarian and ask for help with your research.

Guide Editor

Jennifer Stevenson edited and updated this guide Fall 2022.

Need Help Thinking of a Topic?

CQ Researcher, Issues and Controversies, and Points of View Reference Center may be especially useful when considering potential topics for your persuasive speech, since they provide information regarding opposing viewpoints:

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Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

Need to select a research topic or find background information?  

The Reference Collection includes a variety of different sources, such as: subject-focused encyclopedias, handbooks, almanacs, maps/atlases, statistical compendiums, dictionaries, and more. Look here to find introductory articles on subject-related topics. The broad perspective offered by such articles often proves helpful for narrowing research topics before pursuing more in-depth information. 

This guide provides some recommendations for encyclopedias and other reference resources that might provide helpful information relating to your topic.

Recommended Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

Cultures of Energy

Electronic Resource 2013

Encyclopedia of Environmental Change

Electronic Resource 2014

Encyclopedia of Human Rights

Electronic Resource 2009

Decriminalizing Domestic Violence

Electronic Resource 2018

Democracy in America. Volume 1

Electronic Resource 2019

Democracy in America. Volume 2

Electronic Resource 2019

Encyclopedia of Media and Politics

Main Collection

Encyclopedia of New Jersey

Electronic Resource

Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender

Main Collection

Encyclopedia of Social Problems

Electronic Resource
Volumes 1-2

Everyday Violence

Electronic Resource 2021

Freedom of Speech: A Reference Guide to the United States Constitution

Main Collection

Sage Encyclopedia of Terrorism

Electronic Resource 2011

Gale Encyclopedia of American Law

Electronic Resource 2011

SAGE Encyclopedia of World Poverty

Electronic Resource 2015

Recommended Online Reference Databases

The following databases provide access to online encyclopedias, handbooks and dictionaries covering multidisciplinary topics. These are great sources of background information on countless topics. Use the aricles you find in these databases to gather ideas for key words.

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Recommended Multimedia Databases

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