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Communication Studies


Encyclopedias & Handbooks  |  Journal, Magazine & Newspaper Articles  |  Books &  Videos

Encyclopedias & Handbooks

Get an overview of a subject and the literature by reading a subject encyclopedia or handbook. Here’s a selection of ones that might be of interest to mediation researchers:

Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Aggression and Conflict (Ref HM 136 .L46 1994)

Encyclopedia of Conflict Resolution (Ref HM 136 .B783 1997)

Field Guide to Negotiation (Ref HD 58.6 .K463 1994)

Handbook of Conflict Management (Ref HD 42 .H36 2003)

Protest, Power & Change (Ref HM 278 .P76 1997)



Developmental Psychology (Ref BF 713 .H364 2003)

Encyclopedia of Higher Education (Ref LB 15 .E49 1992)

International Encyclopedia of Education (Ref LB 15 .I569 1994)

Law of Higher Education (Ref KF 4225 .K36 1995)

Yearbook of Education Law (Ref KF 4102.52 .Y4 2003)



Handbook of Marriage and the Family (Ref HQ 518 .H154 1999)

International Encyclopedia of Marriage and the Family (Ref HQ 9 .E52 2003)

Marriage, Family and Relationships: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia (Ref GN 480 .B76 1994)



Handbook of Health Communication (R118 .H26 2003)

Law of Hospital and Health Care Administration (Ref KF 3825 .S65 1988)



Encyclopedia of Arms Control & Disarmament (Ref JX 1974 .E57 1993)

Encyclopedia of International Boundaries (Ref JX 4111 .E53 1995)

Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace & Conflict (Ref HM 291 .E625 1999)

Ethnic Relations (Ref GN 496 .L48 1994)

Handbook of international and intercultural communication (P96 .I5 H36 2002)

World Encyclopedia of Peace (Ref JZ 5533 .W67 1997)


Other Resources

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Psychology (Ref HM 251 .B476 1995)

Encyclopedia of the Consumer Movement (Ref HC 79 .C63 E53 1997)

Encyclopedia of Human Emotions (Ref BF 531 .E55 1999)

Handbook of Communication Science (Ref P 90 .H294 1987)

The Handbook of Group Communication Theory & Research (Ref HM133 .H354 1999)

Handbook of Interpersonal Communication (Ref BF 637 .C45 H287 2002)

Handbook of Media and Communications Research (P91.3 .H34 2002)

The Handbook of Social Psychology (Ref HM 251 .H224 1998)

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (REF H 41 .I58 2001)


Journal, Magazine and Newspaper Articles

Articles can offer you popular overviews of technical subjects or in-depth research. They may be quite current or they may offer a historical perspective. It all depends where you look. Use periodical indexes and abstracts to search for articles that appear in journals, magazines and newspapers.

An index with abstracts to journal articles, book chapters, books and dissertations in psychology and related disciplines (sociology, linguistics, anthropology, education, medicine, law, physiology, business, psychiatry, nursing, pharmacology).
Coverage: 1840 - present
Indexes and abstracts journal articles, dissertations, and book reviews on social work, human services...
Coverage: 1979 - present
Indexes and abstracts articles about social work.  Limited to 8 simultaneous users.
Coverage: 1977 - present
Indexes and abstracts journal articles, book reviews, abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations...
Coverage: 1952 - present
Indexing and abstracts for articles, books and other publications in nursing and allied health...
Coverage: 1981 - present
An index with abstracts for articles published in the primary professional literature of the communications...
Coverage: 1968 - present
Article index with some full text in the fields of communication and mass media studies.
Coverage: 1915 - Present
Index with abstracts to educational periodicals and unpublished documents available since 1966
Coverage: 1966 - present
An index with abstracts to journal articles, books, papers, monographs, dissertations on all aspects...
Coverage: 1973 - present
Indexes publications on all subjects that relate to contemporary public issues.  Includes PAIS Archive.
Coverage: 1915 - present
Index and full-text source for scholarly journals and magazines ...
Coverage: 1887 - present

Show all Periodical Indexes & Abstracts for Communication Studies

Browsing for Articles: Current and Online Periodicals

If you want to stay current in your field or browse for topics, nothing beats a good communication journal. The following titles are selected from among our current subscriptions. Follow the link to get to Periodical Locator, which lists dates of availability and where we keep the titles.  Many of these titles are online, which usually means that you will be able to search for articles within them. Remember, though, that you can search hundreds of journals at one time by using the periodical indexes and abstracts listed above.

Conflict resolution quarterly

Journal of conflict resolution

Journal of family communication

Books and Videos

JMU Library Catalog

Search JMU Library Catalog to find books, periodical titles, videos, music, government documents (and more) found in the JMU Libraries' collections. Some of the many interesting subject searches for mediation include:


Arbitration and award

Arbitration international

Arms control

Civil law

Collective bargaining

Communication in organizations

Compromise Law

Conflict management

Consumer protection

Crisis management

Decision making


Dispute Resolution Law


Divorce mediation

Family mediation


Group problem solving

Interpersonal conflict

Labor Disputes



Marital conflict


Mediation, international

Mediation therapy


Negotiation in business


Peaceful change International relations

Problem solving

Social conflict


Call Numbers: Browsing for Books

Browsing the shelves can be a fun way to find books. These call numbers will lead you to many books about communication in the Stacks and in Reference.  

Subject Area

Call Number Range

Carrier Library Locations

Conflict Management

HD 42

3rd Floor & Reference-1st Floor

Dispute Resolution

HM 136

3rd Floor & Reference-1st Floor


K 2400 to K 2405

2nd Floor & Reference-1st Floor




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