Communication Research Methods

Research Methods: A pathfinder

Use this guide to find current books and articles on communication research methods.  The article links link are to articles in EBSCO databases: Business Source Premier (Original Interface) , Communication Source  and the Professional Development Collection (for a smaller search set, add additional keywords to the search box). 

You can search them all at once by using the EBSCO Research Library
The EBSCO Research Library searches across nearly 40 EBSCO databases.  

Let me know if there is a book title we should own or if one is out-of-date.

Updated links:  January 2018

Communication Research books

Content Analysis

Marketing research

Find books by New Strategist Publications (ex. Who's buying by age / generation)

Mass Media Research books

Qualitative & Quantitative Research books

Survey design and interpretation


  • Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
    A national media watch group that monitors media bias and censorship.
  • International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)
    Worldwide professional organization in the field of communication research. They have compiled a list of Open Access Journals in the field of communications.
  • Pew Research: Journalism Project
    Assesses the state of news in society. Includes a link to The State of the News Media Annual Report as well as other research reports and analysis.
  • Media Cloud
    Data tool from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard that visualizes the flow of the media.
  • Media Education Foundation
    Organization that produces educational documentaries that examines American mass media's impact on society.
  • Media Education Lab
    University of Rhode Island, Harrington School's program that focuses on media education through curriculum materials, publications, workshops, seminars, etc.
  • Media Matters for America
    Progressive news monitoring organization.
  • National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)
    Organization focused on media literacy in the United States.
  • MIT Center for Civic Media: Projects
    Tools that can be used for media analysis.
  • Newsy: Multisource video news
    According to the About page, Newsy is the, "only video news service that allows users to compare bias by highlighting nuances in reporting."
  • On the Media
    On the Media is a National Public Radio Program that reflects on how the media covered events in the weekly news. It also discusses issues in the media such as freedom of information.
  • Pew Research Center for People and the Press
    Organization that conducts national surveys on the politics and the media. Includes data sets, reports, and links to polls.
  • Project Look Sharp
    Project Look Sharp provides materials, training and support to help teachers prepare students for life in today's media saturated world. Project Look Sharp promotes the effective integration of media literacy and critical thinking into classroom curricula at all educational levels and instructional areas. Project Look Sharp also evaluates the effectiveness of school-based media literacy education.

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