Purpose of Collection: The Communication and Media Studies collection at Carleton Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. Communication and Media Studies is an interdisciplinary area of studies within the Faculty of Public Affairs. As such, the collection also provides support for, and draws from teaching and research in a wide variety of related fields such as Cultural Mediations, Journalism, Psychology, Economics, Public Policy and Digital Humanities.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our subject guides for Communication and Media Studies and Journalism.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

Themes/Subject Coverage

  • Theories and study of communication: media literacy, discourse theory and analysis, rhetoric, research methods, qualitative methods, public opinion research, digital humanities, cultural communication, philosophy of communication, psychology of communication
  • History of, and developments in communication: media systems, mass media, new media, multimedia, social media, alternative media, media production, public broadcasting, government policy and regulation, governance and regulation of communication, media design, economics, big data, open data, open government, data visualization
  • Communication and society: networked society, access to information, privacy, intellectual property, algorithmic culture, popular culture, public opinion, public relations, persuasion, propaganda, advertising, activism, citizen engagement, media and gender, types of communication, including: political, crisis / risk, public health, intercultural, environmental
  • Communication technologies: history and development, impact on culture and society, data infrastructures, transnational communication

Selection Guidelines


Material is collected from all time periods with an emphasis on the late 20th and 21st century.


All countries and all regions will be included, with a particular emphasis on Canada, the United States, and Europe.


English language works will be the primary focus of the collection. Works in other languages may be acquired through faculty and student requests.

Types of Material

Books, journals, dissertations / theses, films, data, government documents, textbooks, maps.


Pamphlets, working papers, popular material.

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