COMS 356: Intercultural Communication Research
Titles listed below with a "Location: Ref Rm" are
shelved in the Reference Room of the Oviatt Library, main floor.
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
Barnouw, Erik et al. (Eds.). (1989). International encyclopedia
of communications. New York: Oxford University Press. Location:
Ref Rm P87.5 .I5 1989
von Dassanowsky, Robert (Ed.). Gale encyclopedia of multicultural
America. (2000). Detroit : Gale Group. Available online.
Ember, Melvin and Carol R. Ember (Eds.). (2001). Countries
and their cultures. New York: Macmillan Reference USA. Location:
Ref Rm GN307 .C68 2001. Also available on
Johnston, Donald H. (Ed.). (2003). Encyclopedia of international
media and communications. San Diego, Calif.: Academic Press.
Location: Ref Rm P87.5 .E532 2003
Lehman, Jeffrey (Ed.). (1999). Gale encyclopedia of multicultural
America. Primary documents. Detroit, MI : Gale Group. Location:
Ref Rm E184.A1 G15 1999
Levinson, David. (1991-). Encyclopedia of world cultures.
Boston, Mass.: G.K. Hall. Location: Floor2 (Ref) GN307
.E53 1991. Also available
on the internet including a
Levinson, David. (1994). Ethnic relations: a cross-cultural
encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO. Location:
Ref Rm GN496 .L48 1994
Levinson, David and Melvin Ember (Eds.). (1996). Encyclopedia
of cultural anthropology. New York: Henry Holt and Co. Location:
Ref Rm GN307 .E52 1996
Research Guides and Handbooks
Berger, Charles R. & Chaffee, Steven H. (Eds.). (1987).
Handbook of communication science. Beverly
Hills: Sage publications. Location: Floor3 P90 .H294 1987
Berger, Arthur Asa. (2000). Media and communication research
methods: an introduction to qualitative and quantitative approaches.
Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications. Location: Floor3
P91.3 .B385 2000
Block, Eleanor S. and James K. Bracken. (1991). Communication
and the mass media: a guide to the reference literature. Englewood,
Colo.: Libraries Unlimited. Location: Floor3(ref) P90 .B54
Communication Studies Committee. (2004). Intercultural
Communication: Library Resources for Communication Studies.
Chicago, IL: Education and Behavioral Sciences Section, Association of College
& Research Libraries. Last update: June 2007.
Rubin, Rebecca B. (2000). Communication research: strategies
and sources. Belmont, CA : Wadsworth Thomson Learning. Location:
Floor3 P91.3 .R83 1999
Facts, Opinions & Statistics
The following web sites can lead you to facts, opinions, statistics, and
background information to support your research.
(magazines, newspapers, trade publications, and scholarly or peer reviewed
journals) are excellent sources of current and/or specific information
for research projects. Often, they are considered primary
sources for research.
- Databases listed below that include the image of the college graduate
allow you to limit search results to scholarly (peer-reviewed)
- It's a good idea to formulate a search
strategy before using a periodical database.
- The following databases use Boolean
Logic (AND, OR, NOT) and truncation/wildcards symbols (*, ?, etc.)
for combining keywords and phrases to locate articles on specific topics.
- For a complete list of available databases, see Databases
- While searching a database, if you do not see a link to the full text
article, click the Find
Text button to display a menu with links to either the online full
text article in another database, the location within the Library for
the print version of the periodical, or to a form to request the article
via the Interlibrary
- FYI, you can also connect to the Library's databases and full-text periodicals
from off campus
Recommended Periodical Databases:
and ProQuest Business Databases
- Access to almost 3000 full- text business journals, many full text newspapers/newsletters
and company reports, from 1971 to present. Good for articles on organizational
communication, public relations, media business, and related areas.
Search Elite (EBSCOHost)
- Provides full text for nearly 1,850 periodicals, including more than
1,250 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full text, indexing and
abstracts are provided for all 3,237 periodicals in the collection. This
database offers information in nearly every area of academic study, including
communication studies. Allows limiting search results to peer-reviewed
- Combines two resources: Anthropological Literature indexes
1,000 anthropology and archaeology journals and monographic series held
in the Tozzer Library, Harvard University.
DATES COVERED: late 19th century to the present from 1993 - present. Anthropological
Index from The Royal Anthropological Institute, 2001- present.
and Mass Media Complete (EBSCOhost)
- Indexes and abstracts over 600 journals and trade publications; includes
full text for over 240 journals. CMMC incorporates the content of CommSearch
(formerly produced by the National Communication Association) and Mass
Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Penn State). Subjects
covered include communication studies, journalism, mass media, speech,
linguistics, communicative disorders, deaf studies, advertising, and related
areas of interest to practitioners and educators in these fields. Dates
of coverage vary by journal. A list
of journal titles covered by CMMC is available.
- Allows you to search up to 10 Library databases related to communication
studies using a common interface. Includes many databases that access
scholarly journal articles, which will be indicated by
in the results list.
- eHRAF World Cultures is produced by Human Relations Area Files, Inc.
(HRAF) at Yale University. eHRAF is a cross-cultural database that contains
over 350,000 pages of information on all aspects of cultural and social
life for about 100 cultures. The annually-growing eHRAF database is unique
in that the information is organized into cultures and ethnic groups and
the full-text sources are subject-indexed at the paragraph level. There
are over 300 cultures included in the print and microfiche copies of the
Human Relations Area Files. The cultures covered in the microfiche collection
as well as on the web are described at Human
Relations Area Files--Cultures Covered. CSUN's microfiche
collection is located on the 4th floor, East wing. There is a white
binder at the Reference Desk in the Oviatt Library which lists the cultures
available in microfiche or on the web.
- Full text articles from more than 270 ethnic, minority and native press
publications, including newspapers, magazines and journals, 1960 to present.
- Contains unique and diverse publications that focus on how gender impacts
a broad spectrum of subject areas. With archival material dating back
to 1970, GenderWatch is a repository of an important historical perspective
on the evolution of both the women's movement and major changes in gender
- From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology,
this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. Access
over 9,000 scholarly journals, and general interest news magazines and
newspapers - over half contain full text and images. Search specific keywords
using the Advanced Search or browse subjects using the Subject Guide.
Coverage is from 1980 to the present. Allows limiting search results to
scholarly journals ("peer-reviewed publications").
- JStor provides electronic access to the full text of back issues of
core journals in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. Includes
12 classical studies journals, which is good for classical rhetoric research,
and other journals of interest to communication studies researchers.
- LexisNexis Academic is a full-text database containing news, legal,
biographical, and business information from over 12,000 publications.
Click on Easy Search (default) or Power Search
from the General toolbar, or News
from the toolbar to search newspapers and other sources. Easy
Search does not use Boolean
(AND, OR, NOT) operators and searches large groups of the most popular
sources. The Power Search or News options
logic, searching within specific parts of a document (headline, byline,
lead paragraph, etc.), and the ability to search more specific sources.
In addition to sources such as "Major U.S. and World Publications,"
"Major World Publications (non-English)," "blogs,"
"TV and radio broadcast transcripts" (news broadcasts, political
campaigns), and legal or business information in Easy Search,
the Power Search or News options include
"U.S. Newspapers and Wires," "magazine stories,'"
and topical news sources (business, legal, university, and healthcare)
among others. For tips on searching for editorials in LexisNexis Academic,
Search: Find An Editorial Or Opinion Piece. Click Legal
to search law reviews, federal and state laws and court cases; click Business
to search company information and other related sources; and click People
for biographical information. Dates of coverage in LexisNexis vary by
publication. NOTE: Due to publisher restrictions, Lexis Nexis Academic
users may only access the latest 6 months of the Los Angeles Times.
Newspapers for complete coverage of the Los Angeles Times
and Language Behavior Abstracts (CSA)
- LLBA covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics,
phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Complete coverage is also
given to various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical,
comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics. In addition, major
areas of coverage include interpersonal behavior and communication, nonverbal
communication, semiotics, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics. Over
1,200 periodicals and serials are covered since 1973.
Angeles Times, 1985 - present and Los
Angeles Times Historical, 1886 - 1985
- For researching local communities, newspapers can be an invaluable source.
Also searchable within Proquest
- Project Muse includes full-text scholarly journals in the arts, humanities,
social sciences, and sciences, including journals in film, theatre, and
performing arts; classics, language, and music. A list
of the journals covered by Project MUSE is available.
- Full text for 500+ U.S. and international news sources. Includes coverage
of 150+ major U.S. newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times,
the Daily News, the New York Times, and the Chicago
Tribune, plus hundreds of other news sources and news wires. Click
the Publications tab to select individual newspaper titles
to browse by date or search by keyword. Click the More Search
Options link from the main search screen to reveal choices for
limiting by Document Type, such as editorial, speech,
- PsycARTICLES, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is
a definitive source of full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific
articles in psychology. The PsycARTICLES database covers general psychology
as well as specialized, applied, clinical and theoretical research. The
database contains more than 100,000 articles from 59 journals - 48 published
by the American Psychological Association (APA) and 11 from allied organizations.
It includes all journal articles, letters to the editor, and errata from
each journal. Coverage spans 1894 to present, and most APA journals are
available from Volume 1, Issue 1.
- PsycINFO or Psychological Abstracts, from the American Psychological
Association (APA), contains nearly 2.3 million citations and summaries
of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations,
all in psychology and related disciplines, dating as far back as the 1800s.
Ninety-seven percent of the covered material is peer-reviewed. Journal
coverage, which spans 1887 to present, includes international material
selected from approximately 2,050 periodicals in more than 25 languages.
- Sage Journals
- Full text access to journals in the social sciences, humanities, and
sciences, including almost 20 communication and media studies journals.
- Sociological Abstracts abstracts and indexes the international literature
in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences
from 1963 to present. The database provides abstracts of journal articles
and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,700 serials publications,
and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and
conference papers. Records added after 1974 contain in-depth and non-evaluative
abstracts of journal articles.
- How to Locate Articles Online
or in the Library
- To see a list of periodicals titles relevant to intercultural communication,
do a keyword search in the Library
Catalog and search the topic and the word periodicals. For
- intercultural and periodicals
- cross-cultural and periodicals
- communication and periodicals
- For periodicals not held by the Oviatt Library, request an Interlibrary
Loan or search WorldCat to see
if other local libraries have the periodicals you need.
Finding Books and Media
Books and media may be searched in the Library
Catalog by author, title, Library
of Congress Subject Heading or keyword. For books not held by the Oviatt
Library, request an Interlibrary
Loan or search WorldCat to see
if other local libraries have the books you need. Relevant subject Headings
or keywords include, but are not limited to:
- Communication and culture
- Culture -- Semiotic models
- Culture conflict (Ethnic conflict, Social conflict, Interpersonal conflict)
- Conflict management
- Intercultural communication
- Search Communication as a keyword along with a topic. For example:
African Americans and communication
- Search cross-cultural studies as a keyword along with a topic.
For example: cross-cultural studies and media
In addition to the databases and Web sites listed above, the Internet can
be a valuable source of information. However, remember to think critically
about the authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency, and coverage of the
information you find.
Citing Your Sources