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Interpersonal Communication Resources: Getting Started with Interpersonal Communication Research

This StyleGuide was created to assist Interpersonal Communication students in meeting their research objectives. It includes books, electronic resources, journals, and other materials.

In beginning your research, plan out what aspects of interpersonal communication you are interested in

Interpersonal communication takes many forms and occurs in many contexts.  In beginning your research, plan out what aspects of interpersonal communication you are interested in.

This will help guide both where to search and what kind of terms to use.

For example, think about:

·         Context: communication at work, in school, on a sports team, at a party, at home, etc.

·         Type of relationship: friendship, family (spouse, sibling, parent-child), romantic relationship, etc.

·         Form of communication: speech, nonverbal, writing, phone, IM, etc.

·         Purpose of communication: persuasion, conflict resolution, support, information gathering, etc.

·         Other influences: race, age, gender, culture, etc.  

Be as specific as possible in formulating your search terms, covering all aspects you're interested in, but be sure to use alternative/related terms as well.

Key search words and phrases

Use the words and phrases below to find useful information on interpersonal communication in IUCAT, Indiana University's online library catalog, and our Resources A-Z, an alphabetical listing of sites that allow you to search for journal articles, e-books and other information:

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Interpersonal relations

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Communication Resources

These resources are a starting point for research. Depending on your topic, other resources in the All Resources tab may be more helpful. If you need help, please Ask a Librarian.

Library Links

Google Scholar

Use Google Scholar to check if we have access to a specific article online, by searching for the full article title. This feature only works off campus for IU Northwest students, faculty and staff, and will require a login from off campus. Advanced Search available on Google Scholar's main page.

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