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Communication Studies: Books

General resource for Communication Studies


Books that address communication studies topics can be found via searches on InfoHawk+, World Cat, and by just browsing the shelves in subject areas. The call number table doesn't include every topic that you might want to research but will help you get started. Don't be alarmed if you search for a book and it isn't within these call numbers - that just means the book may have had more importance in a different subject area. It can still have valuable information for your topic!

Finding Books on InfoHawk+

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Finding Books on WorldCat

WorldCat (or world catalog) searches the holdings of libraries all around the world. If InfoHawk+ doesn't have what you are looking for, try WorldCat - it contains over 2 billion records for items! And many of those items are available for you to borrow through Interlibrary Loan.

Use the "Libraries worldwide that own item" link to see which libraries have the items you want. You can then "Request item" from the link on WorldCat. Not everything that you see on WorldCat can be borrowed, but it's worth checking into!

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Call Numbers and Locations

Call Number Location Subjects
BV 653-657 5th Floor East Mass media and telecommunication in religion.
HD 30.3 4th Floor East Organizational communication. Internet.
HF 5718 4th Floor East Business communication.
HM 646 4th Floor East Fandom.
HM 1206 4th Floor East Media and society.
HM 1231 4th Floor East Propaganda.
JA 85 4th Floor East Communication in politics.
P 87-97 4th Floor West Communication. Mass media.
PN 1990-1997 4th Floor West Broadcasting, television, film, and radio.


And don't forget about ebooks! They can be found using InfoHawk+.

Interlibrary Loan

Books, journal articles, theses and other research materials not available from the University of Iowa Libraries can often be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan from other libraries. There are multiple ways to request an item through Interlibrary Loan:

  • In InfoHawk+, if the item is not available, click on the link in the record to "Request this item through Interlibrary Loan."
  • In WorldCat, click on the item, then "Check Availability." From there, click on the "Request Item" link
  • Request directly from Interlibrary Loan.