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Communication Theories Guide - LSC-North Harris

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  1. Think about your specific communication theory and the name(s) of the developer of the theory.
  2. Remember during your research that many of communication theories have been borrowed or based on theories from other fields of study such as education, business, psychology, anthropology, and many more.
  3. Look up your theory in your textbook, then move on to other library sources.

Search Strategy

  • List possible search keywords (terms or phrases that best represent your theory).
  • Initially, omit the word "theory" or "communication."
  • Possible keywords:
    • name of your theory
    • name of the theorist(s)
    • alternative name of the theory (if any)
    • related theories
    • related keywords that describe the focus of your theory
  • Not enough results?
    • Try alternative or related names for your theory.
    • Instead of the name of your theory, try terms or phrases that describe the concept of your theory.
  • Too many results?
    • Add the terms "theory" or "communication" to your search string.


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Reserve Books

Reserve items are located at the Circulation Desk, second floor of the library.  These items check out for two hours, and are limited to in-library use.

Look up your theory in the Table of Contents, or in the Index.

  • A First Look at Communication Theory
  • Handbook of Interpersonal Communication
  • Engaging Theories in Interpersonal Communication

Reference Books

Located on the third floor of the library.

Look up your theory in the Index.  (The index is usually last volume of the set.)

  • Encyclopedia of Communication and Information P87.5 E53 2002
  • Encyclopedia of Communication Theory REF P87.5 E496 2009
  • Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 4 vols. REF BF31 .E5 1994
  • Encyclopedia of Psychology, 8 vols. REF BF31 .E52 2000
  • International Encyclopedia of Communications, 4 vols. REF P87.5 .I5 1989

Library Catalog to search for books.

  1. Enter search terms.
  2. Browse search results and click on the title to view the detailed item record.
  3. Scroll to the bottom for availability, collection, location, and call number.
  4. To find the book on the shelf you will need the complete call number.
  • To request a book from another location, click "Place Hold" then type in your library barcode number and your PIN.

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