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Journalism and Mass Communication

A research guide for journalism students

Browse the Stacks!

You can browse our extensive collection of Journalism and Mass Communication related books on the 2nd floor of the Rudisill Library! The following Library of Congress call number classifications may be of interest to you. The first letter/number combination found on the sticker near the bottom of the book's spine will be...

  • P87-96 Communication; Mass media 
  • PN1990-1992.92 Broadcasting
  • PN4699-5650 Journalism. The periodical press, etc.
  • PN4735-4748 Relation to the state; Government and the press; Liberty of the press
  • PN4775-4784 Technique.; Practical journalism
  • PN4825-4830 Amateur journalism
  • PN4832-4836 Magazines and other periodicals
  • PN4840-5648 By region or country
  • PN5650 The Jewish press

Confused? Ask a Librarian!

Inter-Library Loan

We don't have the title you want? You can request it through our InterLibrary Loan form. You can request books or even submit a request for another library to scan an article that they have in print and send it to you via email.

Dont forget your local public library! Many public libraries participate in ILL, and can get you books and other items that they don't own!


Check out our brief Introduction to Interlibrary Loan on Vimeo.

Renew Your Items

Renew your items from the comfort of your own computer. 

The log-in information required is the same you will use to log-in for off-campus access to library resources:

Your username: your last name
Your password: "lr" + your ID card number, omitting any leading zeros
Example: if your ID number is 000654321, your password/barcode would be -- lr654321

Library Catalog

Search the online catalog for books, DVDs, e-books, audio books, etc.

http://otife.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/HD-wallpaper-Otife-backgrounds-for-computer-3-400x250.jpgWhen searching use more general search terms than you would when searching a database of journal articles. For example, do a SUBJECT search on journalism to see the many subjects and entries listed under each. 

When you find an item that looks useful, check the subject headings - you can click on them to see similar items.  Also, it may be useful to click on the call number in the record. This allows you to virtually browse the titles as though you were standing in the stacks, except you'll also see any e-books in the collection. 

Virtual Reference Desk

Need some background information to help decide on a topic? Have you read an article and are confused on the lingo? Reference works, both print and online, will help you get started with your research.  Here are some online reference resources and databases, both general and subject specific, that may be useful for your research.

Reference Books for Journalism

E-Books on Journalism @ Rudisill Library