This is our all-in-one "discovery layer" called EBSCO Discovery Search (EDS) which searches across the 5 college library catalog, our local digital repositories, as well as many (not all) of our subscription databases.
The Five College Library Catalog lists books, eBooks, reference books, videos, audio recordings, government documents, microforms, archives, and all other material owned by the UMass Libraries as well as Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Hampshire & Amherst College. Circulating books are arranged by call number in the stacks. Search for known items using "Title begins with..." or "Author" (last name, first name). Search for books on a topic using "Subject begins with..." or "Subject keyword." To order books not available here, click the Request Item button in the book record, and enter your library barcode number.
Like most U.S. academic libraries, the UMass Amherst Libraries uses the Library of Congress (LC) classification system of subject headings, each of which has a unique call number range. Communication and Mass Media occupy P87-96; within that range, Interpersonal communication is at P94.7, and oral communication and speech are between at P95-95.6. (Check those numbers in the Reference collection, Main floor, for encyclopedias and dictionaries on Communication.)
Communication is an interdisciplinary topic, so relevant material will be found throughout the library. Here's a list of some broad topics with links to suggested sample "Subject begins with..." searches in the 5 College Catalog. Try other "Subject begins with..." or "Subject keyword" searches based on these examples.
Topics in Cultural Studies
|body image in women||globalization social aspects|
|culture conflict||hindu diaspora|
|culture diffusion||mass media and culture|
|decolonization in literature||social change|
Topics in Mass Media Industry/Production/Legislation
|animated television program||motion pictures greece|
|advertising, political||motion pictures japan|
|digital television||motion picture actors and actresses india|
|documentary television programs||music videos|
|intellectual property||reality television|
|interactive multimedia||talk shows|
|internet law and legislation||technology political aspects|
|jews in the motion picture industry||television and children|
|journalism objectivity||television advertising united states|
|mass media audiences||television censorship|
|mass media economic aspects||television law and legislation united states|
|motion picture industry||video recordings production and direction|
|motion picture plays -- history and criticism||women in the motion picture industry|
Topics in Interpersonal Communication
|communication in education||gesture|
|communication in politics||intercultural communication|
|conflict psychology||social interaction|
Topics in Mass Media Representation/Influence
|african americans in motion pictures||television broadcasting social aspects|
|mass media moral and ethical aspects||television viewers|
|mass media social aspects||television viewers argentina|
|media literacy||video games|
|motion picture audiences||violence on television|
|sex role on television||visual literacy|
|television and children||
Other Library Catalogs
UMass Amherst students, staff and faculty can expand their research by searching other library catalogs and requesting material not available locally.
Public and academic libraries in Central and Western Massachusetts, searchable together or individually, plus the catalog of the State Library of Massachusetts.