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Guide Notes: 

Communications is an interdisciplinary subject by nature. It should be noted that the keywords listed below may also be referenced as subfields of communications as a discipline and may be considered as such, depending on the circumstances. For assistance with communications research, please contact a librarian at


  • Communication theory
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Organizational communication
  • Political communication
  • Mass communication
  • Global communication
  • Communication ethics
  • Public relations

Subject Keywords:
Non-verbal communication, verbal/oral communication, written communication, professional communication, visual communication, media, mass media, formal communication, informal communication, crisis communication

LoC Classifications:

  • P1-1091 - Philology, Linguistics
  • P87-96 - Communication, Mass Media
  • P94.7 - Interpersonal Communication
  • P95-95.6 - Oral Communication, Speech
  • P98-98.5 - Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing
  • P99-99.4 - Semiotics, Signs and Symbols
  • P99.5-99.6 - Nonverbal Communication
  • P101-410 - Language, Linguistic Theory, Comparative Grammar

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Professional Associations

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National Communication Association
The National Communication Association advances Communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social, scientific, and aesthetic inquiry. NCA serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching. (About NCA Mission)

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Global Communication Association
Established in 2007, the Global Communication Association (GCA) is a not-for-profit professional body intended to promote academic research and collaboration in a wide range of topics related to mass media, journalism, public relations, advertising, social media, broadcasting, cultural studies, political communication, new media technologies, and intercultural communication studies. Through its conferences, GCA facilitates joint projects, networking, and research opportunities among scholars and students. (GCA Home)