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Subject Guide: Communication: Finding books in the library

This guide will help you find the most useful information available through Hiebert Library in the field of communication.

Subject Index

Call number ranges for Communication

Books in Hiebert Library are arranged using call numbers based on the Library of Congress Classification system. See our guide "How to Read a Call Number" if you need an introduction to how call numbers work.

Most books in the field of communication can be found in the following call number ranges:

   8689-8700.95: Radio and television broadcasting

5801-6182: Advertising

   87-96: Communication. Mass media
   99-99.4: Semiotics
   302-302.87: Discourse analysis

   1530: The monologue
   1551:The dialogue
   1560-1590: The performing arts. Show business
   1585-1589: Centers for the performing arts
   1600-3307: Drama

Photography. Cinematography. Motion Pictures

Refer to the map of Hiebert Library for help finding where these call number areas are located.

Useful subject headings

Most library users rely on simple keyword searches when looking for items in the library. While keyword searching can work well, it often provides either too many irrelevant results or too few relevant ones. We recommend that you read our guide, Getting Beyond the Keyword, to understand how to use advanced search functions and subject heading searches in the library catalog.

Every item in the Hiebert Library has subject headings attached to it, most based on Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). Searching in the subject field of the Encore Discovery Service using LCSH terms will help ensure that you find resources that really are on the topic that you need. All the items in the list below are approved LCSH terms. You can learn more about how to use LCSH terms in our guide, Getting Beyond the Keyword.

While there are thousands of possible subject terms that could be used when searching for items in the area of communication, the following very partial list contains some of the more common ones for that field. In each example below, the results come from a subject search for the listed terms, rather than merely a general keyword search. Click on any of the subject headings below to see the catalog results for that subject search.





Digital media

Discourse analysis


Information theory

Intercultural communication

Interpersonal communication

Mass media

Motion pictures

Oral communication


Popular culture

Public speaking


Social media


Television broadcasting


Visual communication

Written communication