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Mass Communication and Journalism

A guide to library resources in Mass Communication and Journalism

Welcome to Your Resources!

Your research librarian has put together a guide for your assignment needs. This guide will be helpful when finding information for your presentation.

We have already reviewed your topics and you can find valid, accurate, and credible sources for a variety of topics in the resources we've listed on this guide.

Remember that your research and presentations will be viewed by instructors and peers who are expecting to see academic resources, and not just information you found using Google which are questionable and often times may lack credibility or factual correctness.

Follow the instructions below:

1) Find Books

Use this page to find print and ebook resources on your topic. 

2) Find Articles

This is where you'll find articles of information for your topic. There are multiple databases you can use, and you should them as they cover varied aspects of your topic. You'll also be able to find information about your profession, art, culture, and gender.

3) Find Reference/Background Information

When in doubt about your topic use these resources to find general information; encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks

4) Find Images

If you need to have images for your presentation, there are very good resources to help you find ones that visually represent your topic.

5) Schedule an Appointment

Here's where you can schedule your group to meet with a Research Consultant at the Library.

LC Classification

The Library of Congress has developed systems of classification for almost every subject known to man.  These "classes" or "subject headings" are you roadmap for finding items in the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library.

The subject of journalism is a "sub-class" of a larger class.  In this case, Class P Language and Literature is the main class with most of the Journalism items located in subclass PN.


Journalism. The periodical press, etc.


Relation to the state. Government and the press.  Liberty of the press.


Technique.  Practical journalism


Amateur journalism


Magazines and other periodicals


By region or country


Other subjects such as Broadcasting, Radio, and Mass Media may also be beneficial.




Radio broadcasts


Television broadcasts


Non-broadcast video recordings


When researching media and journalism there will be beneficial information in many other areas such as Linguistics, Sociology, Technology, or Ethics.

Example:  A keyword search using Ethics and Journalism (will lead you to subjects such as "journalistic ethics")


InterLibrary Loan

If the library does not own an item you need for research, teaching or study, you may request it through the InterLibrary Loan service. This free service allows user to borrow materials from other libraries and pick them up at the first-floor Access Service desk. 

Previous users can make a loan request by clicking on the link here: InterLibrary Loan service, and follow the following steps:

  • Click the “set/reset” password link
  • Identify a piece of information that was used in your patron load (barcode) 
  • Click “Request new password.” An email will be sent to the address on file for you with instructions and a link to set your password

For any questions about InterLibrary Loan, please contact the ILL supervisor by email at or by telephone at: (757) 823-2426.

If you have never used the Interlibrary Loan service you must first register as a First Time User.