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Communication Research is “a specialty that studies message-related behaviour.” (Reinard 2007) These messages can be conveyed via verbal or nonverbal cues as well as various mediums. You may like to learn more here:


What is Mass Communication?


Issues & Effects of Mass Communication

These 2 videos are created for eHow and uploaded onto YouTube on 6 July 2009. The narrator is Professor Michael Morgan, from the Department of Communication at University of Massachusetts Amherst.



Literature in Communication Research spans a wide range of formats including books, conference proceedings, journal articles, newspapers, white papers, reviews, guides, handbooks and reports.


Association Publishers

The Asian Media Information and Communication Centre publishes books and journals on mass communication in Asia. Do view the listing of AMIC titles in our Library. International Communication Association, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and Eastern Communication Association are also publishers in Communication studies.

References Reinard, J. C. (2007). Introduction to Communication Research. New York, McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

Topic/Course Guides


Media Law & Regulation
A compilation of useful resources (primary resources database, journals, books, etc) related to Media Law & Regulation.

Mobile Phone Research
A compilation of useful resources (primary resources database, journals, books, etc) related to Mobile Phone Research.

Communication Research
A compilation of useful resources (primary resources database, journals, books, etc) related to Communication Research.


Feel free to contact the library for your Research needs such as:

  1. Enquiries about library resources
  2. Requests for new resources
  3. Library orientation & tours
  4. Instructional classes
  5. Research Assistance

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Selected Resources


You may like to BROWSE the book collection or SEARCH the Library Catalogue for a list of relevant titles.

Browsing the collection

The main Communication Research collection is located in the basement of the Asian Communication Resource Centre. Most of the titles relating to Communication Research have the call number starting with P. Please take note that Communication Research is a wide-ranging field and you will be able to find related books in other locations.

Below is a selected list of major communication research topics and their call numbers:

Search Terms LC Class
Mobile communication HE9713
Media effects HM1206
Video games GV1469
Communication P90-P96.Z
Media research P91.3
Media literacy P96.M4-P96.M42

Searching for books

Tips on using the Library Catalogue:

  1. If you know the exact beginning of a book title or the author’s name, search under ‘Title’ or ‘Author’.
  2. Use Advanced Search to look for items in specific locations (e.g. Communication & Information Library), languages (e.g. Chinese) or format (e.g. audio-visuals, sound recordings, etc).
  3. You can search by subject to retrieve a list of books on a specific topic, for example “media literacy.”

Selected book lists by subject

  1. Communication research
  2. Media literacy
  3. Media law
  4. Media management
  5. Mobile communication
  6. Interpersonal communication
  7. Mass media and youth
  8. Video games

Can’t find a book in NTU library?

We can borrow it from another library via our interlibrary loan service.
You can also make a recommendation for the book to be added to the library collection.


E-books are electronic versions of print books which you can read on a computer or e-book reader.


Browsing by E-book providers

You may like to browse in the EBSCOhost eBook Collection or Safari Tech Books Online for e-books relating to communication. I have picked out some titles here:

EBSCOhost eBook Collection

  1. Media Today: an Introduction to Mass Communication
  2. Law and the Media
  3. Radio System Design for Telecommunications
  4. Mobile Messaging Technologies and Services: SMS, EMS and MMS
  5. Introduction to Communications Technologies: A Guide for Non-engineers
  6. Multimedia Communications: Directions and Innovations
  7. Statistical Methods for Survival Data Analysis
  8. Practical Research Methods: A User-friendly Guide to Mastering Research Techniques and Projects
  9. Conducting Research Surveys Via E-mail and the Web
  10. Economics of Information Technology and the Media
  11. Data Mining: Concepts and Techniques
  12. Data Mining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques

Safari Tech Books Online

  1. Introduction to Wireless Systems
  2. Building a Web 2.0 Portal with ASP.NET 3.5
  3. Digital Communications Test and Measurement: High-Speed Physical Layer Characterization
  4. Second Life®: A Guide to Your Virtual World
  5. Network Protocols Handbook
  6. Broadband Network Architectures: Designing and Deploying Triple-Play Services
  7. Fundamentals of WiMAX: Understanding Broadband Wireless Networking
  8. Writing the Successful Thesis and Dissertation: Entering the Conversation

Searching for e-books

Looking for specific e-books? Read the guide here before starting your search.

Reference Works

Contents at a Glance

General Guides

Reference works are not often read from cover to cover and are usually referred to when you need a quick piece of information. The writing style is informative and fact-driven. Examples include dictionaries, encyclopaedias, handbooks and directories. Below are some selected reference works which you may be interested in:


  1. The concise Oxford English dictionary [e-book]
  2. The new Oxford American Dictionary [e-book]
  3. Dictionary of media and communications Call No.: P87.5.D179
  4. Dictionary of media and communication studies Call No.: P87.5.W339
  5. The practical media dictionary Call No.: P87.5.R71
  6. Quite literally : problem words and how to use them Call No.: PE1464.H631
  7. The media and communication dictionary : a guide for students, educators, and professionals Call No.: P87.5.K64
  8. A/V A to Z : an encyclopedic dictionary of media, entertainment and other audiovisual terms Call No.: P87.5.K93


  1. Media Asia-Pacific media directory Call No.: P88.8.M489A
  2. The Asia media directory Call No.: P88.8.A832
  3. Media directory Call No.: P88.8.M489M


  1. Encyclopedia of communication theory Call No.: P87.5.E56E
  2. The international encyclopedia of communication Call No.: P87.5.I61E This encyclopedia is now available online. It is “likely to appeal to two broad constituencies – the generic undergraduate/postgraduate student racing through those ubiquitous communication/media courses and wanting to get more background than the lectures and textbooks, and the specialist exploring connections between communication and other fields (like ageing), wanting a snapshot of information about, say, media in Asia, trying to pin down exactly what Gerbner said and why cultural imperialism gets everyone so worked up” (Hannabuss 2009).
  3. Encyclopedia of political communication Call No.: JA85.E56
  4. Encyclopedia of developing regional communities with information and communication technology Call No.: HN49.C6E56
  5. Encyclopedia of religion, communication, and media Call No.: P94.E56
  6. The MIT encyclopedia of communication disorders [e-book] Call No.: XX(411739.1)
  7. Encyclopedia of new media: an essential reference to communication and technology Call No.: QA76.575.E56

General guides

  1. Applied mass communication theory: a guide for media practitioners Call No.: P91.3.R813
  2. A student’s guide to mass communication law Call No: KF2750.Z9N677
  3. How to publish your communication research: an insider’s guide Call No.: PN146.H847H
  4. The teacher’s guide to music, media, and copyright law Call No.: K1441.F829
  5. Media writer’s handbook: a guide to common writing and editing problems Call No.: PN4783.A754
  6. Copywriting for the electronic media: a practical guide Call No.: HF5825.M495
  7. Researching communications: a practical guide to methods in media and cultural analysis Call No.: PR90.R432
  8. Reaching audiences: a guide to media writing Call No.: P96.A86Y59
  9. The basics of communication : a relational perspective Call No.: P90.D834 2012


  1. Associated Press stylebook and briefing on media law Call No.: PN4783.A849A


Hannabuss, S. (2009). The International Encyclopedia of Communication. Reference Reviews, 23 (1).


Read news, journal articles, conference papers and theses in these databases subscribed by NTU Library:


Core databases

  1. Factiva: Provides news and business information. It covers 10,000 sources from more than 159 countries in 22 languages and offers more than 400 continuously updated newswires, including the exclusive combination of Dow Jones, Reuters, and The Associated Press. View its Database information page.
  2. LexisNexis Academic: Delivers access to thousands of sources from around the world, covering news, legal and business information and more. The coverage depends on sources, with some going back to 20 years. View its Database information page.
  3. Communication & Mass Media Complete: Incorporates CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association) and Mass Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Penn State) along with numerous other journals to create a research and reference resource in the communication and mass media fields. View its Database information page.

Related databases

  1. World Telecommunication Indicators Online: Contains time series data for around 80 communications statistics covering telephone network size and dimension, mobile services, quality of service, traffic, staff, tariffs, revenue and investment. Selected demographic, macro-economic, broadcasting and information technology statistics, and data for over 200 economies are also included. View its Database information page.
  2. China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) – 中国知网: Provides comprehensive and current Chinese information on a world-wide scale, including critical academic articles, dissertations, proceedings, papers and books from a variety of publishers, research institutions, and information sources in China. View its Database information page.
  3. Global Market Information Database (GMID): Provides business intelligence on Countries, Consumers and Industries. It offers integrated access to statistics, reports, topical comment and business information sources. Coverage is global, more than 200 countries are researched. View its Database information page.
  4. Access the full list of Communication Studies databases.


  1. Download full text @ NTU Library to retrieve full text articles or e-books subscribed by NTU Library seamlessly while surfing the internet.

Academic journals are periodicals which contain research on a particular discipline and are often peer-reviewed. You can search for journals in our collection in the following ways:


1. NTU Library Subscribed E-journals A-to-Z list

If you have a specific journal in mind, always try to find the electronic copy in the NTU Library Subscribed E-journals A-to-Z list first. You can look for a journal in 4 ways:

  1. Browse the index of e-journal providers (if you are familiar with the journal publishers like Wiley, Elsevier and etc.)
  2. Search for titles subscribed by the library. E-journal title search can be Title Name, Publisher Name, ISSN, Subjects or all of the above
  3. Browse by subjects
  4. Browse a list of free e-journals

The easiest way to locate a journal will be method #2 if you have the name of the journal. For instance, if you are looking for ‘Columbia Journalism Review’, please go to ‘Search’ tab of A-Z list and run a search on the title:

You will be able to retrieve the following result:

Please click one of the databases listed to access the journal. You may like to take note of the subscription period covered.

2. Databases

If you do not have a specific journal in mind but want to search by topic, try to search in the databases relevant to Communication Studies instead.

3. Print Journals

If you can’t find a journal in our electronic collection, you may like to check if we have the print copy in the Library Catalogue. Please restrict your search to ‘Journal Title’ to narrow your results:


Important Note: Articles titles are not searchable in the Library Catalogue. You can only search for the journal titles.

Below is a list of journals relating to Communication Research which you may like to browse through:

  1. Asian Journal of Communication
  2. Atlantic Journal of Communication
  3. China Media Research
  4. Communication Quarterly
  5. Communication Reports
  6. Communication Review
  7. Critical Studies in Media Communication
  8. Feminist Media Studies
  9. Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal
  10. International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics
  11. Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research
  12. Journal of Applied Communication Research
  13. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication
  14. Journal of Children & Media
  15. Journal of International Media & Entertainment Law
  16. Journal of Mass Media Ethics
  17. Journal of Media & Religion
  18. Journal of Media Economics
  19. Journal of Media Practice
  20. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator
  21. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
  22. Mass Communication & Society
  23. Media Psychology
  24. New Media Age
  25. Visual Communication Quarterly

Can’t find an article in NTU Library?

Make a request for it via our document delivery service.


The Audio-Visual collection can be found in Asian Communication Resource Centre, Business Library and Art, Design & Media Library. Please do a search in the Library Catalogue to determine the location. Here is a step-by-step instruction guide to search for AV titles in the catalogue.


Some of the AV titles relating to Communication Research are listed below. Please click on the hyperlinked titles to check their availability in the Library:

  1. Development communication & communication technology
    Call No.: C577178
  2. Gender communication: an introduction
    Call No.: P96.S48G325
  3. Gender and communication: how men and women communicate differently
    Call No.: E577893
  4. Nonverbal communication and culture
    Call No.: BF637.N66N814
  5. Cross-cultural communication: managing diversity at work
    Call No.: HM258.M266 and K573151
  6. Sexual stereotypes in the media
    Call No.: F579066
  7. Racial stereotypes in the media
    Call No.: H579067, L577896 and P96.S74R121
  8. Interpersonal communication and conflict
    Call No.: B577897
  9. Interpersonal communication and the electronic environment
    Call No.: TK5105.6.I61
  10. Unfree by choice?: silence and protest in Singapore’s media reform debates
    Call No.: P95.8.U56
  11. Political communication & mass communication
    Call No.: A577177
  12. Cognitive dissonance
    Call No.: F577515
  13. Generation M: misogyny in media & culture
    Call No.: HQ1233.G326
  14. Media literacy: ethics
    Call No.: P94.M489ME
  15. Returning fire [videorecording] : interventions in video game culture
    Call No.: F586684
  16. Digital nation [videorecording]
    Call No.: HQ784.M3D574
  17. Remote control [videorecording]
    Call No.: HQ784.M3R389
Web Resources

Associations & organisations

  1. Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) Regional media and communication research organization which is located in Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at NTU.
  2. International Communication Association Academic association for students and researchers interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication.
  3. Asian Institute for Development Communication (Aidcom) An independent regional, non-profit media organisation accredited to the United Nations and based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  4. Center for Communication Research Aims to develop an internationally and regionally recognized program of research and publications at City University of Hong Kong, in the cutting-edge issues facing communication in the Asian context.
  5. Chinese Communication Association A non-profit organization registered in the State of Minnesota, U.S.A. and designed to serve the Chinese communication research community.
  6. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication A nonprofit organization of more than 3,700 educators, students and practitioners from around the globe.
  7. International Association for Media and Communication Research A worldwide professional organisation in the field of media and communication research
  8. Center for Communication Independent media forum which aims to bridge the gap between the communications industry and schools.
  9. Centre for Media Literacy Organisation that is dedicated to the study of media literacy for analyzing media content.

Subject portals

  1. AMIC Alternative Media Portal Platform to exchange material among alternative media sources in Asia and the Pacific.
  2. The Media and Communication Studies Site A portal to online resources useful in the academic study of media and communication.

General sites

  1. The Media Theory Site Maintained by David Gauntlett, Professor of Media and Communications at the University of Westminster who has written several books on media studies.
  2. Media History Project Promoting the study of media history from petroglyphs to pixels.
  3. Media Studies Links to news and media studies sites for educators, students and researchers.
  4. Media UK Links to UK newspapers, radio stations, TV channels, magazines and media owners.
  5. BUBL Link – Media Studies A directory of media studies resources, organised by topic.

Government bodies

  1. Media Development Authority Statutory board of Singapore Government to focus on and develop media industry.
  2. Ministry of Information, Communication & the Arts Ministry of the Singapore Government that oversees the information, communication and arts industries as well as creative economy of Singapore.

Topical sites

  1. Media Ethics An online magazine discussing issues regarding mass communication ethics.
  2. Game Politics A website with topics relating to video games, politics and culture.


  1. Asia Media Forum A forum for journalists to exchange ideas on issues related to the media, their profession and the development of democracy in Asia.


  1. Asia Media Daily electronic publication that delivers news about all aspects of media in Asia, run by the Asian Institute of UCLA.
  2. I Want Media Provides access to media news and industry data, updated throughout the day.
  3. Kidon Media-Link Links to 19,577 newspapers and other news sources from almost every country and territory in the world.

Reserves / RBR / Red-spot items are recommended materials for your courses and are selected by your lecturers.

Browsing the Reserves collection

The Reserves collection in CMIL is located next to the Service Desk and can be seen once you walk into the library. Titles from the Reserves collection can only be borrowed for 2 hours at a time and overdue fines are set at 50 cents per hour. Click to read more about your borrowing privileges.

Searching for Reserves

You can retrieve Reserves titles via their Course Codes from the Library Catalogue. Go to the Library Catalogue:

EPS - Reserves

  1. Click the Reserves tab.
  2. Click on Search by Course ID.
  3. Key in the course code into the search box.
Student Works

Looking for final year projects or theses by previous students? You may like to search in DR-NTU (Restricted Access) for student’s works from WKWSCI.

Browsing DR-NTU

1. Please go to DR-NTU (Restricted Access).

2. Click on ‘Browse – Communities & Collections’ on the left hand side of the screen.

3. Look for Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information under the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences.


4. You can browse by titles, authors, subjects or by date or run a search with key terms.

5. To view the full text, please log in using NTU network user name and password.


Staff Publications

Journal articles and conference papers written by NTU faculty and researchers are available in the open access collection of DR-NTU. This collection is searchable in Google.

You may be interested to view the following:

Publications from WKWSCI staff
Publications from AMIC

Many publishers allow self archiving of publications in institutional repositories. Refer to the copyright policies and archiving guidelines from Sherpa Romeo for submitting articles in DR-NTU.

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