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* Communication Studies Resources: Books

This guide provides direction to sources that support the Communication Studies curriculum at AU. (Strategic Communication, Sport Communication and Public Relations)

Communication books in the AU LIbrary

Reference books are located on the Main Floor and must be used in the library.  They are a wonderful starting point for any research and provide an overview of topics and issues. Reference books frequently include a bibliography that may lead you to other useful resources.

 Here are a few examples:

Search Tips for Library Catalogs & Databases

1. Keyword Search

  • Uses natural language. Type a word or phrase. Use simple words, not sentences. 
  •  You can narrow your search by inserting AND between words. Example: gifted AND adolescent
  • You can expand your search by inserting OR between words.   Example: teen OR adolescent OR teenager
  • Put quotes or parentheses around phrases when you want to retrieve all of the words, in the exact order given.  Example: "body image" 
  • You can use an * to retrieve multiple variants of a word with one efficient search. Example: teach* retrieves results with teach, teaches, teacher, teachers, teaching, or teachable

2. Subject Search

Library catalogs use specific Library of Congress Subject Headings to classify books. When you search, the words have to be typed in the exact order used by Library of Congress.

  • You will find the assigned Library of Congress Subject Headings listed in each book record. The subject headings in each book record are linked. Once you find a relevant subject heading in a book record, you will discover more books on the topic by clicking on the link.


Article databases also use a controlled vocabulary similar to Library of Congress, but different databases may use different subject terms.

  • Note: You cannot use operators such as AND or OR , nor truncate with an asterisk *when doing a subject search.


Library Catalogs

Ashland University Library Catalog

AU Library Catalog:  

OhioLINK Catalog

OhioLINK Catalog:  
About OhioLINK:
  • OhioLINK is a consortium of 121 Ohio academic libraries.  
  • You may request that books be sent to the AU Library or to any OhioLINK pickup location.
  • Your library record, including OhioLINK loans, is maintained by the AU Library. You will find a quick link to My Account on the library main page. Check the status of your requests or renew items there.
  • It normally takes 3-5 business days for items requested from OhioLINK to arrive at the designated pick-up location. You may return items to any OhioLINK library.
  • You will be emailed when OhioLINK requests are ready for you to pick up at the library you designated.
  • To request articles use the interlibrary loan article request form.

 Map of OhioLINK libraries


 Go to the WorldCat Catalog

Includes books and other media in libraries worldwide. Enter your zipcode to find availability in a library near you.  To request books not available through OhioLINK use the interlibrary loan book request form.

OhioLINK books about communication

These are just a few examples of OhioLINK books about communication.  Check the OhioLINK catalog for more.