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Web Research Tips

For help finding, evaluating, and using web-based resources, please see the following guides and tutorials:

General Websites

  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
    The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. An independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress, the Commission is the federal agency responsible for implementing and enforcing America’s communications law and regulations. (FCC Mission)
  • Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania
    A premier communication policy center, The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania was founded in 1993 and created in 2003. By conducting and disseminating research, staging conferences and hosting policy discussions, its scholars have addressed the role of communication in politics, science, adolescent behavior, child development, health care, suicide prevention, civics, and mental health, among other important areas. (About the APPC)

Sub-field Specific Websites


  • American Rhetoric
    An excellent source of discussions regarding public speaking and an archive of speeches.

Communication Theories

  • Communication Theories
    The theories presented here are related to communication. Students can use these theories as a rich source for a better understanding of the theoretical fieldwork of communication. Choosing a theory for an assignment or report is made easier, since you are able to ‘browse’ through the different theories. All theories which are selected are used in the courses of communication studies. (About the Theories)

Political Communication

  • Political Communication Lab
    The Political Communication Lab, consisting of faculty and graduate students from Stanford University's Political Science and Communication departments, was formed to develop and administer experimental studies of public opinion and political behavior through the use of both online and traditional methods.