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Collection Development for Communication at the Boston College Libraries

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Scope & Collecting Emphases

Guide to the Communication Collection

This collection serves the needs of the Boston College Communication Department. The Communication Bibliographer selects materials based on user requests, curricular needs and knowledge of the discipline.

Disciplinary Scope & Collecting Emphases

The Communication Collection supports a wide range of research and teaching interests in Communication at Boston College.  The collection focuses most heavily on film and media, media and religion, gender and the media, health communication, nonverbal communication, global communication, intercultural communication, public speaking, crisis communication, mass media, digital and social media, and public relations. 

Curriculum and faculty research needs dictate collection strengths and areas of development.  Major publishers include Oxford University Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, Duke University Press, University of Minnesota Press, and the University of California Press.  Commercial publishers such as Routledge, Palgrave Macmillian, Peter Lang, and Polity Press are also frequently selected