Encyclopedias: Communication

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Encyclo: An Encyclopedia of the Future of News
Produced by the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, the site includes encyclopedia-style entries summarizing subjects from a future-of-news perspective. Still in development, the initial focus is on the companies and organizations that are having a big impact on the future of news.

Encyclopedia of American Journalism [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers all aspects of the history of journalism in the United States, including print media, radio, television, and the Internet. Electronic version of the print encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media [Rutgers Restricted]
"Provides cross-disciplinary coverage from the fields of psychology, education, media studies and communication, sociology, and public policy. Includes entries covering television, film, video games, the Internet and World Wide Web, magazines, music, and more. Explores complex and difficult topics such as violence, sex, rating systems and warning labels, attention deficit disorder, body image and eating disorders, popular music lyrics, advertising, digital music downloading, parental involvement, policymaking, and child development."

Encyclopedia of Communication and Information [Rutgers Restricted]
Explores the full spectrum of communication, from careers to information technologies, in an interdisciplinary fashion. Emphasis is on both historical and current issues, topics, and people. Electronic version of the 3 volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of Communication Theory [Rutgers Restricted]
A one-stop source for theories and theoretical concepts and a relatively comprehensive overview of the entire field of communication theory.

Encyclopedia of Gender in Media [Rutgers Restricted]
Addresses a variety of entertainment and news content in print and electronic media and explores the social construction of masculinity as well as femininity. In addition to representations of gender within the media, it also analyzes gender issues related to media ownership and the media workforce.

Encyclopedia of Group Processes & Intergroup Relations [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers concepts from "intersecting disciplines such as sociology, organizational and cross-cultural psychology, and language and communication studies."

Encyclopedia of Human Relationships [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers a wide variety of themes including communication processes, personality and individual differences, psychological processes, the social context of relationships, and theoretical approaches to studying relationships.

Encyclopedia of Journalism [Rutgers Restricted]
The encyclopedia has been designed to present a comprehensive analysis of all aspects of journalism— including the trends, issues, concepts, individuals, institutions, media outlets, and events that go into making journalism a pivotal part of contemporary media—and our political, cultural, and social life.

Encyclopedia of Leadership [Rutgers Restricted]
Explores leadership theories and practice with perspectives relating to business, management, history, politics, communication, psychology, and other disciplines. Electronic version of the 4 volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of New Media [Rutgers Restricted]
"Presents more than 250 entries that explain communication technology, multimedia, entertainment, and e-commerce within their social context."

Encyclopedia of Political Communication [Rutgers Restricted]
Povides interdisciplinary coverage of "the major theoretical approaches to the field, including direct and limited effects theories, agenda-setting theories, sociological theories, framing and priming theories, and other past and present conceptualizations." Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of Public Relations [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers topics such crisis communications and management, cyberspace, ethics, global public relations, groups, history, jargon, management, media, organizations, practitioners, and theories and models. Electronic version of the 2 volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Communication [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides information on the entire range of interrelated issues in this interdisciplinary field in one place, along with clear suggestions on where to begin the search for more. Geared towards undergraduate and graduate students in journalism, communication, mass communication, and media studies, as well as towards working journalists, public information officers, and public relations specialists.

Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media [Rutgers Restricted]
Engages with all communication media: broadcasting, print, cinema, the Internet, popular song, street theatre, graffiti, and dance.

InfoSci-Books [Rutgers Restricted]
A fully searchable database of electronic books including more than 25 encyclopedias in information science, computer science, communication, and related areas.

International Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Communication [Rutgers Restricted]
"A comprehensive overview of the theories, concepts and processes that interpersonal communication researchers use to explain a wide variety of social interaction phenomena. Entries explore: interpersonal conflict, negotiation, relationship development, interactional adaptation, social influence, and, communication in the workplace, at school and within family life."

International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication [Rutgers Restricted]
"Examines organization communication across a range of contexts, including NGOs, global corporations, community cooperatives, profit and non-profit organizations, formal and informal collectives, virtual work, and more. Features topics ranging from leader-follower communication, negotiation and bargaining and organizational culture to the appropriation of communication technologies, emergence of inter-organizational networks, and hidden forms of work and organization."

Internet: a Historical Encyclopedia [Rutgers Restricted]
Includes biographies of key figures, essays on issues, and a chronology.

SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods [Rutgers Restricted]
Explores research methodologies specific to communication and media studies.

SAGE Glossary of the Social and Behavioral Sciences [Rutgers Restricted]
Combines and compares "terminology in nine separate social and behavioral science disciplines: communication, economics, education, geography, media studies, political science, psychology, public administration, and sociology."

21st Century Communication: A Reference Handbook [Rutgers Restricted]
Captures all the major themes and subfields within communication including the discipline of communication, approaches to the study of communication, key processes of communication, forms and types of communication, key characteristics of messages, key communication relationships, factors affecting communication, challenges and opportunities for communication, media as communication, communication as a profession, journalism, public relations, advertising, and media management.

World Press Encyclopedia [Rutgers Restricted]
Arranged alphabetically by country, entries begin with an overview of the background, economic framework and general characteristics of each country's press. Entries then cover the number and type of media, press laws, censorship issues, state-press relations, news agencies, electronic news media, education and training in journalism and much more. Electronic version of the 2 volume 2nd edition of the print resource.