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Journalism - Doctoral Research : Communication Theory

Step-by-steps, resources, and tips for completing your thesis or dissertation. Also helpful for those wanting general journalism research process information.

Communication Theories

Including research or reviews of communication theories in your paper.

Find theories in Communication and Mass Media Complete

  • Click the "thesaurus" link in the blue menu at the top of the page.
  • Type "theory" in the search box and filter by "Term Contains."
  • Click on the term to view definition, broader and narrower terms.

The Communication Theories blog lists theories by category

A list of communication theories from McGraw Hill

Alphabetical list of communication theories from the University of Twente (Netherlands)

Books: Communication Theory

Read about communication theory in these books:

Berger, A. A. (1995).  Essentials of mass communication theory.  Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage Publications. (ebook)

Baran, S. J. (2015).  Mass communication theory : foundations, ferment, and future. Stamford, CT : Cengage Learning.   

Journalism Library Reserve P90 .B285 2015  

Griffin, E. A. (2015).  A first look at communication theory. New York, NY : McGraw-Hill Education.

 Journalism Library Reserve  P90 .G725 2015  

Rosenberry, J. (2009).  Applied mass communication theory : a guide for media practitioners. Boston : Pearson Allyn and Bacon.

Journalism Library P91.3 .R67 2009

Stacks, D. W. & Salwen, M. B. (Eds.) (2009) An integrated approach to communication theory and research . New York : Routledge. (ebook)