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JMU Library Catalog will help you find books, and Indexes & Abstracts will help you find articles.  This list highlights some reference sources that will provide great background information.

Need help reading those research articles? 

The A-Z of social research jargon (REF H49.5 .A15 1998)


Dictionary of media & communication studies (REF P87.5 .W38 2000)


A dictionary of psychology (Colman)  (REF BF31 .C65 2001)


The dictionary of psychology (Corsini) (REF BF31 .C72 1999)


Dictionary of sociology (REF HM17 .L392 2001)


Dictionary of the social sciences (REF H41 .D53 2002)


The Penguin dictionary of sociology (REF HM17 .A23 2000)

Get an overview of a subject and the literature by reading a subject encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia of communication and information (Ref  P87.5 .E53 2001)


Encyclopedia of international media and communications (Ref P87.5 .E532 2003)


The Corsini encyclopedia of psychology and behavioral science (Ref BF31 .E52 2001)


The Blackwell encyclopedia of social psychology (Ref HM251 .B476 1995)


International encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences (REF H41 .I58 2001)

Handbooks & Annual Reviews
Read a literature review for a subject in a handbook or annual review. 

Communication yearbook (P87 .C5974)


Handbook of communication science (Ref P90 .H294 1987)


Handbook of health communication (R118 .H26 2003)


Handbook of international and intercultural communication (P96 .I5 H37 1989)


Handbook of interpersonal communication (BF637 .C45 H287 2002)


Handbook of psychology (Ref BF121 .H1955 2003)


The handbook of social psychology (Ref HM251 .H224 1998)


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

Body language


Communication in organizations



Interpersonal attraction

Interpersonal communication

Intimacy (psychology)

Man-woman relationships

Nonverbal communication

Oral communication

Persuasion (psychology)

Racism in language

Social interaction in children



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