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Journalism Research

This guide is an introduction to sources of information on Journalism that are available at URI in both print and electronic/online formats. It describes types of materials and provides selected items which can be helpful with your research.


This guide is an introduction to selected sources of information on Journalism Research available at URI. It describes types of materials and provides selected items in each category.

To find additional book information, conduct a subject search in the library catalog using subject headings such as: Journalism; Journalist; News Media; Radio and Television Broadcasting; Mass Media; Photojournalism; and Investigative Reporting.  When searching the library catalog, entries for items owned by the University of Rhode Island Libraries appear at the top of the list and include information about location and availability.  The Library of Congress Subject Headings will help identify appropriate terms.

Where to Start Your Book Search

There are two main places to start your search for books. Each has a different specialty and scope.


For a broader but less precise search, try the tools below.

Where are the journalism books?

Books about Journalism are located on the second and third floor and fall within the following general call numbers.  If you find a book that you are interested in, take a look around it and you will find additional books on your subject in this section.

HE      7601 – 8700  Telecommunications

HF       5801 – 6182  Advertising

HQ      784 – 799      Media and Children

KF       2750 – 5753  Mass Media Law

P         87 – 96         Mass Media

PN      1990 – 1992   Radio and Television Broadcasting

PN      4699 – 5850   Journalism

PN      4832 – 4836   Magazine Journalism

TR       820 – 821      Photojournalism


Keep in mind that additional books can be found outside of these call number ranges.  For example works on Communication in Politics would be found in the call letters H, JA and JF. 

Help!  If you need help there are many ways to contact the library.  We are here to help you.  See one of the Five Ways to Get Research Help in the blue box to the left under Reference & Research Help.

Created by

Ida D. McGhee, 5/12

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