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Communication Research Guide


Communication Definition

Use this research guide to find library resources to support your research in Communication at HSU. Use the tabs across the top of the page to locate different types of resources.

For a research refresher, see the HSU Library's Begin Research TutorialAsk A Librarian, or browse our Research Guides Directory to find additional resources.

If you need further help, stop by the Research Help Desk or make an appointment with Susan Gehr today!



Course Specific Links

Online Tutorials and Videos

Questions To Ask Yourself While You Select A Topic

Is your topic really broad?

  • Examples of broad topics include politics, the environment, health, economy, education and technology.
  • Broad topics can be broken down to create specific topics appropriate for a presentation.

Do you have personal involvement with the topic? 

  • Speak about a topic you already know something about.

Do you have an interest in the topic? 

  • Pick a topic that you are curious about and it will make you want to learn more than what you already know

Is the topic or point of view embraced by the audience, but not you? 

  • Challenge popular ideas. Encourage your peers to see the other side of the story.

Is the topic appropriate for the course and/or assignment?

Is there enough available information about the topic? 

  • Make sure enough credible information can be gathered in time to complete the assignment by meeting with a librarian early. Stop by the Research Desk or make an appointment with Susan Gehr today!

Professional Organizations

Research Help

Susan Gehr
Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences Librarian.
Office Hours at the
Research Help Desk:
Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays
1 - 4 pm.
Library 15 by appointment.
(707) 826-5770
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Related Guides

Many topics in Communication are interdisciplinary. In order to create a comprehensive literature review, you may want to search for information in other HSU Library Research Guides: