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New Books in Communication

For the complete list of new books from January to April 2010, check out the New Books in Communication list on WorldCat!

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Important Announcement: New Catalog Coming in December

The WSU Libraries are preparing to implement a major change over the Winter Break with the implementation of a new online catalog, which will go by the name of Search It. Hopefully this message will provide you with information about how the change to Search It will affect you as library users, but if you have any questions at any point, I will be happy to respond via email, visit your office, provide group overview sessions, whichever is easiest for you. In addition, all of my library guides ( will be updated to include information on searching and using Search It by the end of December.

Our current online catalogs, Griffin and WSU WorldCat, are both going away, and unfortunately there won’t be an overlap period where we have access to both the new Search It and these more familiar tools. There will be several changes to the look and feel of the catalog, but two of the most pertinent are the following:

  • You will notice when you access Search It that you will be prompted for your WSU Net ID – there is a guest option, but it provides limited access.
  • Search It integrates the old “Find it @WSU” options in a more streamlined way, so you will be able to easily access full text or make an interlibrary loan request for any item within your result list with less clicking and fewer pop-up windows.

Many features will stay the same. You will still be able to browse WSU Libraries-owned books by call number, author, title, or subject heading, and there will still be options to save records and create search/alert queries on your personal e-Shelf. You will also still be able to filter results by format, author, type of publication, etc.

Important: Griffin and WSU WorldCat hyperlinks will no longer work in Search It, so if you have any in your syllabi or other documents/webpages, you will need to change them once the new system is active (mid-December).  If you have a WSU WorldCat account you will still be able to see your saved items if you log in to Open WorldCat (, but saved lists and saved searches will not transfer to Search It. If you have saved your reading history in Griffin, you may want to export it so that you still have access to it once Griffin goes away. I am happy to help with any of this.

This is a big change for us, and is driven by some important long-term goals. In addition to the advantage of no longer paying for two catalog systems, soon all of the libraries in our Orbis-Cascade Consortium (Summit) will share the same catalog. Data will be shared and stored in ways that will increase back-end efficiency and provide more opportunities for collaborative projects that will make better use of our collections budgets and provide better services to our users. The beginning may be rocky (and once you try the new catalog, please let me know if you find parts of it annoying, confusing, missing, or clunky so I can make sure your feedback is heard and considered as we “tweak” Search It) but we hope that you will soon be seeing some solid benefits from the change.


More information:


Overview article:


Public Relations

Library Catalogs

  • WSU WorldCat: Searches the WSU Libraries’ holdingsas well as holdings in WA, OR, and worldwide libraries. Includes articles as well as books and media.
  • WSU Libraries' Catalog (aka Griffin): The library catalog includes books, journals (not journal articles), and media materials for all the WSU Library sites, in Pullman and across the state.

Internet Links

Organizations and Opinion Polls

  • PRSA: Public Relations Society of America


Selected Reference Books

The Holland and Terrell Libraries' reference section is on the 1st floor behind the reference desk. 

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Advertising Manager's Handbook - Bly, Robert W
Call Number: HF5823 .B634 1999
ISBN: 0137571887

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Dartnell's Public Relations Handbook
Call Number: HD59 .D28 1996
ISBN: 0850132371

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Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications
Call Number: P87.5 .E532 2003
ISBN: 0123876702
(4 v.)

Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media
Call Number: Z6951 .A97
ISBN: 1048-7972

Gallup Poll Monthly
Call Number: HM261 .G3
1989- 2001

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History of the Mass Media in the United States
Call Number: P92.U5 H55 1998
ISBN: 1579580122

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Lesly's Handbook of Public Relations and Communications
Call Number: HM263 .L472 1998
ISBN: 0844232572

National Directory of Corporate Public Affairs
Call Number: HD59 .N24
ISBN: 0749-9736

O'Dwyer's Directory of Corporate Communications
Call Number: HD59 .O35a
ISBN: 0149-1091

O'Dwyer's Directory of Public Relations Firms
Call Number: HM263 .O37
ISBN: 0078-3374

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Webster's New World Dictionary of Media and Communications
Call Number: P87.5 .W45 1990
ISBN: 0139697594

Who's Who in Public Relations
Call Number: HM263.W45

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