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COM 1000: Background Info

This guide supports the work of students in COM 1000, Principles of Human Communication

Brief Background - Specialized Encyclopedias

Ryan Library provides specialized encyclopedias in the library and online. These e-books provide concise background on a variety of communication-related topics:

Extensive Background - Find Books

WorldCat is the tool you need to locate books and much more. 

With one search, you will find:

  • Books and Media materials at PLNU
  • ebooks available through PLNU
  • Articles from some of our most-used databases
  • Books available for InterLibrary Loan

A few things you should know:

  • For books in Ryan Library, the checkout period is 3 weeks, with an option to renew for 3 more weeks.
  • For books borrowed through InterLibrary Loan, checkout period varies based on the lending library.
  • Renew books online by logging in and using the "My Library Account" link in the upper right of the screen.

Citation Help

Need help citing a book or an article from a specialized encyclopedia?  Check out our Citation Help page.

More Variety - eBooks

Ryan Library subscribes to thousands of eBooks through two ebook collections:

  1. ebrary: This collection provides access to over 140,000 books. It is integrated into WorldCat, or may be searched separately using ebrary link.
  2. EBSCO ebooks: This collection provides full-text access to hundreds of digital version of books on a variety of subjects.

Take a look at these examples!