Important Update: May 14, Canadian Government Announces Travel Restrictions | Spring and Summer 2021 terms to be delivered virtually. All on-campus support services are currently virtual. Important Announcement for Fall 2021.
Alexander College Logo

Research Guide: Communications




Title Author Call Number Book Cover
A Social History of the Media : From Gutenberg to the Internet Briggs, Asa P 90 .B695 2005
Communication History in Canada Robinson, Daniel P 92 .C3C57 2009
Mass Communication in Canada Lorimer, Rowland P 92 .C3L67 2007
Mediascapes : New Patterns in Canadian Communication Attallah, Paul P 92 .C3M46 2002
The Media Gaze : Representations of Diversities in Canada Fleras, Augie P 94.5 .M552C2385 2011
Representing Race : Racisms, Ethinicities and Media Downing, John P 94.5 .M55D69 2005
Media and Cultural Studies : Keyworks Gigi, Meenakshi P 94.6 .M424 2001
Crime and the Media : Headlines Versus Reality Muraskin, Roslyn P 96 .C742U66 2007

Want to reserve one of these titles? Email with your student # and the book title.


These e-Books are available in the online library collection. Click the link to access the resource.

Title Author Publication Date Permalink
Messages, Signs, and Meanings : A Basic Textbook in Semiotics and Communication Danesi, Marcel 2004 Link
Dialogue Across Media Mildorf, Jarmila & Bronwen Thomas 2017 Link
Crystalizing Public Opinion : Original Classic Edition Bernays, Edward & Mitch Horowitz 2019 Link
The Politics of Persuasion : Economic Policy and Media Bias in the Modern Era Dimaggio, Anthony R. 2017 Link
Mediatization of Communication Lundby, Knut 2014 Link
Speaking Power to Truth : Digital Discourse and the Public Intellectual Hawkins, Richard & Michael Keren 2015 Link
Applied Social Sciences : Communication Studies Clitan, Gheorghe & Georgeta Rata & Patricia-Luciana Runcan 2013 Link


These handbooks provide easy to digest information about topics covered within Communications.

Encyclopedic Dictionary of Semiotics, Media, and Communications (2000) by Marcel Danesi

The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Semiotics, Media, and Communications is a dictionary designed to help students and genral readers understand the terminology and jargon in the fields of Semiotics, Media Studies, and Communication Studies. Can be accessed here.

The Oxford Handbook of Virtuality (2014) by Mark Grimshaw

The Oxford Handbook of Virtuality contains clost to 50 essays about virtuality and online communication. Can be accessed here.

Keywords for Media Studies (2017) by Laurie Ouellette and Jonathan Gray

Keywords for Media Studies introduces key terms, research traditions, debates, and their histories, and offers a sense of the new frontiers and questions emerging in the field of media studies. Can be accessed here.

Articles & Databases

Open Access Resources


Open access resources are resources that are available to everyone for free online. Links here will lead to sites where you can download textbooks or access journals related to communications.

Understanding Media and Culture : An Introduction to Mass Communication

Understanding Media and Culture is introductory mass communication text that covers major mass communication terms and concepts including “digital culture.” Can be found here.

Media, Society, Culture and You by Mark Poepsel

Media, Society, Culture and You is a survey of the basic topics of chemistry. You can download it here.

The Media and Communications Study Skills Student Guide by Doug Specht

The Media and Communications Study Skills Student Guide covers a range of general and generic skills that the author relates specifically towards media and communications studies. Can be found here.

Communication Theory

Communication Theory is an introduction to communication theory — the theory of how humans share, encode, and decode what they know, what they need, and what they expect from each other. Can be found here.

Open Access Journals

MediaStudies International News

Provides links to international news, media studies sites, and other resources for media educators & students

Media Digital History Library

Dedicated to digitizing historic books and magazines about film, broadcasting, and recorded sound for broad public access.

Pew Research Center – Journalism and Media

Data from various Pew Centers on topics such as media, the news, and public opinion.

How to Cite

Assignments written for communications courses will follow the style outlined by the assignment guideline. Style guide handbooks are available for your reference in the library or at the Writing and Learning Centre. Online WLC guides can be found here. You can also book an appointment with the Writing and Learning Center for workshops and one-on-one learning help.