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Communication 1050 Resources: Home

Resources selected specifically for Com 1050 students.

Primary Research

Peer-Reviewed Journals 

Refers to the process in scholarly, academic, scientific, or refereed journals where articles are evaluated by experts in the field prior to publication.  Common characteristics include:  

  • Expert author with qualifications listed
  • In-Text Citations & Works Cited Length of article
  • Formal tone and format
  • Research results – original research

Hint:  Make sure you use primary research.  Don’t use a quote from an article cited within another article (known as an indirect or secondary citation); you must go back to the original article.


Text a Librarian

Text a Librarian


This guide is designed to assist you in your research for COMM 1050.  Some of the theories taken from your Communication Theory textbook are listed below.  Make sure you try searching for both the theory name and the names of the original researchers of your chosen theory.

Examples of Communication Theories

Uncertainty Reduction Theory (Charles Berger and Richard Calabrese)

Social Penetration Theory (Irwin Altman and Dalmas Taylor)

Social Exchange Theory (John Thibaut and Harold Kelley)

Relational Dialectics Theory (Leslie Baxter and Barbara Montgomery)

Communication Privacy Management Theory (Sandra Petronio)

Adaptive Structuration Theory (Anthony Giddens, M. Scott Poole,  David R. Seibold and Robert D. McPhee)

Organizational Culture Theory (Clifford Geertz, Michael Pacanowsky and Nick O'Donnell-Trujillo)

Organizational Information Theory (Karl Weick)

Media Ecology Theory (Marshall McLuhan)

Face-Negotiation Theory (Stella Ting-Toomey)

Standpoint Theory (Nancy C. M. Hartsock)

Muted Group Theory (Cheris Kramarae)

Communication Accommodation Theory (Howard Giles)



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