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UMass Amherst Libraries


A subject guide for conducting research in the field of Communication.

Finding Books, eBooks, Video, Articles, Archival Material & More

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.


Discover Search



To find out more about how to use EDS, check out these two short instructional videos
Discovery Search Part 1
Discovery Search Part 2



Finding Books, eBooks, and Video in the 5 Colleges

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.

Subject Searches
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


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
masculinity television criticism
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.

A catalog of most large U.S. libraries and many libraries in Canada, Japan and Europe. Create an Interlibrary Loan (ILLIAD) account to order books not held here. 

Public and academic libraries in Central and Western Massachusetts, searchable together or individually, plus the catalog of the State Library of Massachusetts.