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Communication: Find Books


When not searching the catalog for a specific item, keyword searching is recommended.

You may need to broaden your search or try alternate keywords before finding books on a particular topic. Check out this helpful tutorial if you get stuck on research: Research Help Guide

Sample keywords:

Communication theory

Interpersonal Communication

Communication AND politics


Culture AND communication

Visual communication

Discourse analysis

Other Borrowing Options

No online full text? Not in the library? Check out these other options for obtaining materials!

UW System Borrowing: University of Wisconsin System Borrowing allows library users with a valid UWM ID to request, borrow and return materials from any participating library within the UW System. These requests usually take 3-5 business days. Users may request these materials online and pick them up (and return them) at the Circulation Desk. UWM students and faculty also have access to any UW System library. Use your UWM ID card to gain entrance and check out materials from any UW System library.

Interlibrary Loan: When articles and materials are not available through UW System Borrowing, obtain them by making a request through ILLiad. For more on ILLiad, click here. (Exception: Items that are held at the UWM Libraries, but are on reserve or are checked out, may NOT be requested through Interlibrary Loan).

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Browsing the Shelves

Browsing can be a great way to find books on your area of interest!

The books at UWM Libraries are all shelved according to the Library of Congress Classification System. Please note that the term used in the LC system is "motion picture"--for example "motion picture--history."

Most library material on the subject of Communication and related materials is going to be found between P87 - 410 call number areas. Please click here for a breakdown of the Library of Congress call numbers and their sub-genes.

A sample of topic areas within communication studies: 

* P87 - 96 is the area about communication and mass media.

P94.7 is for interpersonal communication. 

P95 - 95.6 is the area for oral communication and speech.

P98 - 98.5 is for computational linguistics.

P99 - 99.4 is the area about semiotics (signs and symbols).

P99.5 - 99.6 is for nonverbal communication.

P101 - 410 deals with language, linguistic theory, and comparative grammar.

P302 - 302.87 is for discourse analysis.